Dead tweeting the Portland mayoral debate

The hip new way to cover big political events these days is called “live tweeting” — sending out short, often (one hopes) pithy, bulletins on Twitter every couple minutes or so during the debate, the convention, the concession, etc. The few times I’ve bothered to read this type of “reporting” I’ve found it frustratingly fragmented, […]

When drug warriors refuse to fight

Last Friday’s Portland Press Herald carried two stories from the front lines of the War on Drugs that every Mainer should read. The one on the front page involves the upper-middle-class suburb of Scarborough, where Police Chief Robbie Moulton announced a program to help addicts access treatment. Dubbed Operation Hope, the program was inspired by […]

Ethan Strimling: peacemaker or cause of war?

You know something’s really rotten in Portland when City Councilor Nick Mavodones gets mad. And there he was last week, standing behind a podium in front of City Hall, endorsing Ethan Strimling for mayor and criticizing incumbent Mayor Mike Brennan for his “failed leadership.” “The frustration I’ve felt has been profound,” Mavodones said, or rather, […]

How to win the War on Drugs

Gov. Paul LePage is right about the War on Drugs: we can win this war if we just beef up enforcement. If we had more drug agents, drug dogs, police, prosecutors, judges and jail cells, we could make Maine as clean as a Mormon church picnic. How many more law enforcers would we need to […]

Donald Sussman: savior or slumlord?

In early 2013, Donald Sussman said he was hitting the “pause button” on Newbury Lofts, a big condominium project planned for Portland’s India Street neighborhood, at the foot of Munjoy Hill, where he and his wife, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, have a townhouse. Two and a half years later, it looks like Sussman is hitting […]

Uncomfortable facts about the AT hiker’s vanishing

  This week marks two years since Appalachian Trail hiker Geraldine “Gerry” Largay disappeared in the woods of Maine, so reporters are filing their obligatory follow-up articles. Astoundingly, but not unpredictably, none of the mainstream media accounts I’ve seen this week mention the disturbing revelation contained in Hutch Brown’s cover story for The Bollard this […]