Politics

Putin, Biden, Big Oil, and $5 Gas

Putin, Biden, Big Oil, and $5 Gas

As the world places sanctions on Russia for the invasion and occupation of Ukraine, prices at the gas pump have skyrocketed. Two interpretations of this phenomenon have dominated the political discourse, and they’re both wrong. MAGA Republicans are...

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Portlanders rally for COVID hazard pay

Portlanders rally for COVID hazard pay

On January 3, Portland’s City Council will vote on whether or not to repeal the state of emergency that was enacted on August 2, 2021. Without a state of emergency in place,  Portland minimum wage workers, or any worker making less than $19.50/hr...

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Op-Ed: Portland Must Keep Hazard Pay

Op-Ed: Portland Must Keep Hazard Pay

Tonight, the Portland City Council will vote on whether to strip Portland workers of the hazard pay we started earning on January 1, 2022. This is the same hazard pay that was enacted by a ballot measure put forward by the Maine DSA; the same...

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Op-Ed: Portland Must Keep Hazard Pay

Portland Faces Critical COVID Decisions

As both the Delta and Omicron variants of COVID-19 wash over Maine, the Portland City Council will soon debate whether to extend the city’s State of Emergency (SoE). This debate appears to highlight the classic division between, on the one hand,...

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