Category Archives: Politics

The case for tax breaks: How a 20-year-old brewery deal turned $12,000 in annual property tax revenue into $300,000

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Fred Forsley is best known as the co-founder of Shipyard Brewing Co., the largest and most widely recognized player in Maine’s now exploding craft beer industry. Shipyard is now the 15th largest microbrewery in America, producing 80,000-plus barrels of ale every year. But in the early 1990s, it was an ambitious startup beginning to experience […]

Gorham principal calls out MTV and local radio station, shuts down all remaining dances over ‘grinding’ controversy

Singer Miley Cyrus reflects on her controversial grind against Robin Thicke at this year's MTV Video Music Awards in August. (Reuters photo)

In a letter posted on the Gorham High School website, Principal Chris Record said he’s calling off all remaining school dances — with the exception of the Prom — for the school year. Record said the prevalence of provocative dancing — specifically grinding, gyrating at the midsection as demonstrated by singer Miley Cyrus above — has […]

Minimum wage, national chains and the next mayor: What a survey of local business owners tells us about Portland

Portland's Commercial Street. (BDN photo by Seth Koenig)

Portland Buy Local, an collaborative organization made up of locally owned Portland businesses, recently surveyed its members to gauge sentiment in that community on a range of topics. And the results, released today, are very interesting. One hundred and three businesses took the survey, more than half of which were retail or restaurant/hospitality businesses. Here’s […]

Report: Female attorneys asked to take off their bras before being allowed into Portland jail to see clients


The Portland Press Herald’s Scott Dolan reported today that some southern Maine lawyers are expressing outrage after officials at the Cumberland County Jail began asking women defense attorneys to take off their underwire bras before entering the facility to see their clients. The underwire bras reportedly have been setting off the jail’s metal detector, and Cumberland County […]

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 […]