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Inside the collapse of Maine’s $35 million HR software refit

In this past week’s Maine Sunday Telegram I wrote about the collapse of the State of Maine’s $35 million effort to replace its aging and obsolete human resource management software systems,… Read more »

Regarding Maine on the occasion of its 200th anniversary of statehood, in the Boston Globe

  Maine turned 200 this year, but the Bicentennial celebrations were cancelled by the pandemic, with Gov. Mills spending the official birthday, March 15, advising Mainers to lockdown to prevent… Read more »

New allegations against a Maine “medical supply” company led by man facing fraud indictments

It’s Election Day 2020. Stay safe and, if you pray, do so for the survival of the American Experiment. In my Maine reporting, I’ve been focused on the other crisis… Read more »

Maine and the medical supply chain amid the pandemic

Everyone in the Portland Press Herald newsroom is on a full-court press to cover the pandemic and I’ve been following supply chain issues this week. In today’s paper I have… Read more »

Maine company taking orders for masks, Covid-19 tests, but its leader is facing criminal fraud indictments

Last week, the Boston Globe reported that a Maine company represented by former Portland legislator Diane Russell had reached out to Massachusetts officials and was supplying nearly a million urgently… Read more »

In Maine, study finds cruise ship passengers spend about half as much as previously claimed

Last year, I wrote a series for the Portland Press Herald exploring how Maine communities can balance the costs and benefits of cruise ship tourism, an issue that had already… Read more »

The Mainer spearheading West Coast fishermen’s climate change suit against Big Oil

Last month, a coalition of West Coast fishermen filed a suit against thirty of the world’s major oil companies in California Superior Court seeking damages for the latter having allegedly… Read more »

How LL Bean Got Big in Japan

I’ve always been curious how my hometown retailer, LL Bean, managed to succeed in Japan, one of the world’s most difficult and unforgiving retail markets for foreign firms. How did… Read more »

Cruise tourism impacts in Maine, a series

Over the past four months I’ve been at work on a series on the impact of cruise ship tourism in Maine, where most ports of call have a smaller year-around… Read more »

Trump’s Canadian metals tariffs could backfire on Maine

In today’s Portland Press Herald, I have a piece on how President Trump’s 25 percent tariff on imported steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum could backfire on Maine manufacturers… Read more »