Category Archives: Politics

Why is everybody leaving City Hall? It’s complicated

Former Portland City Manager Mark Rees (BDN photo by Seth Koenig)

Acting Portland City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian announced last week she’s leaving to take a job as the assistant city manager of Cincinnati. Hill-Christian would have been a frontrunner to be named Portland’s permanent city manager if she’d wanted to be (she didn’t), and she seemingly remains widely liked and respected in the city despite having been […]

Portland to consider expanding, privatizing homeless shelter

Portland's Oxford Street Homeless Shelter. (BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett)

The Portland City Council on Monday night agreed to study consolidating, expanding and privatizing the city’s Oxford Street Homeless Shelter, currently Maine’s largest and only municipally run shelter. The word “privatizing” often brings to mind situations where governments hand over the management of public institutions to private corporations, under the auspice that the corporations can […]

10 bill titles to watch for Portland

Gov. Paul LePage and state Sen. Justin Alfond, D-Portland -- often political rivals -- appear together at an event last year in Portland. (BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett)

This is the time of year when state lawmakers submit bill titles — a sentence or so very generally describing the intent of the legislation — and those titles get fleshed out with text detailing what the bills would actually do and how much they’d cost. It’s a bit of a transitional period when the […]

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 […]