Category Archives: Politics

Transforming USM: Just what do they mean by ‘Metropolitan University,’ and what will the change cost?

University of Southern Maine buildings can be seen over Interstate 295 in Portland. (BDN photo by Seth Koenig)

Over at least the last year or so, University of Maine System trustees have pushed each of their seven universities to define its identity or specialty. For the University of Southern Maine, that conversation has centered around the establishment — or, perhaps re-establishment — of the school as “Maine’s Metropolitan University.” The term has evoked imagery […]

Updated: Could Portland repeal its abortion clinic buffer zone in the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling?

(BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett)

Most people following national or regional news by now know that, last week, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a Massachusetts law establishing a 35-foot no-protest zone around abortion clinics in the state was unconstitutional. That decision sets a precedent that’s widely expected to have an impact on a federal lawsuit challenging Portland’s abortion […]

With Coyne and Leeman leaving, will the Portland City Council become more liberal?

Cheryl Leeman (BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett)

A day after the Portland City Council’s only registered Republican — District 4′s Cheryl Leeman — announced she won’t seek re-election, one of the panel’s more conservative Democrats said he’ll be walking away as well. District 5 City Councilor John Coyne confirmed to The Forecaster’s David Harry in a Wednesday interview that he won’t seek re-election […]