Portland voters strongly favor minimum wage hike, Strimling for mayor, new poll says

Former fellow state lawmakers and mayoral candidates Ethan Strimling and Michael Brennan, right, talk as they await the results of the 2011 mayoral race. Brennan would go on to win, with Strimling finishing as the runner-up. (BDN file photo by Joel Page)

According to a poll of likely Portland voters, people in Maine’s largest city strongly favor a minimum wage increase and challenger Ethan Strimling to unseat incumbent Michael Brennan as mayor. The poll was commissioned by the left-leaning Maine People’s Alliance and conducted by its sister organization, the Maine People’s Resource Center. While it’s always worth […]

#CongressStCat: Social media follows rescue of cat stuck on Portland building ledge

A Portland firefighter stands by as a cat rescued from a Time & Temperature Building ledge is reunited with its owner. (Photo by Jim McCarthy)

Nothing thrives on social media like a cat. This is what happens when old fashioned, small-town-type news intersects with 21st century news distribution methods. Veteran Maine journalist and MaineBiz senior writer Jim McCarthy was out for a walk in downtown Portland when he came upon what he called “this moment of drama” at the recognizable Time […]

Thompson’s Point overhaul takes shape after museum, web developer join project

Developers' renderings of the $100-plus million Thompson's Point development as of early 2014. (Image courtesy of city of Portland)

The talented Dylan Martin of the trade publication Mainebiz reported this morning that Portland app and Web developer Big Room Studios will be the first office tenant at the much ballyhooed Thompson’s Point development, a long-anticipated overhaul of one of Portland’s most visible properties. With the announcement, the picture of what the peninsula will look […]