All posts by Chris Shorr

Chris Shorr

About Chris Shorr

Chris is a lifelong Portlander who works on a lobster boat, advocates for the marginalized and downtrodden, and occasionally ruffles feathers in City Hall and Augusta.

Green Party leader responds to increased marijuana citations in Portland

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About the author: Tom MacMillan is the chair of the Portland Green Independent Committee and former Secretary of the Maine Green Independent Party. The Portland Greens spearheaded the successful campaign for the 2013 marijuana legalization ordinance. Last November, Portland was not the only municipality where voters called for an end to the failed war on […]

Unedited videos of Mike Michaud taking questions at Preble Street Resource Center

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Last Thursday, Sept. 25, Democratic candidate for Maine Governor and current U.S. Congressman Mike Michaud visited the Preble Street Resource Center and Oxford Street Homeless Shelter in Portland, Maine to take a tour; meet patrons, volunteers, and staff; and field a range of on the spot questions from a diverse audience of marginalized Mainers.   […]

State GOP candidates skip Homeless Voices for Justice forum, which is habitual for Republicans. And that ticks me off.

Republican candidate for State Rep. Mark Lockman's seat sat empty at the Homeless Voices for Justice forum.

On Tuesday morning a candidate’s forum was held at the Preble Street Resource Center in Portland. The event was put on by the advocacy group, Homeless Voices for Justice (HVJ). HVJ has several candidates for different level seats slated for appearances at Preble Street in the next month (including Mike Michaud and Eliot Cutler, but […]

City of Portland kicks off “Pilot Bike Corral” project

Kristine Keeney from the City of Portland's Planning and Urban Development department helps promote the city's bike corral project.

There’s no question that when it comes to modernizing our transportation infrastructure, the City of Portland needs to step up their game. Today marks a step in the right direction though, as the city kicks off their “Pilot Bike Corral” project. Taking advantage of internationally recognized “Parking Day”, the city has designated a parking space […]

With nomination of Susan Dench, LePage cronyism continues

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To nobody’s surprise, Governor LePage’s nominations to the University of Maine board of trustees have drawn criticism. Of his three nominations, the one who has immediately grabbed headlines is former BDN blogger, Susan Dench. Dench, from Falmouth, , leads the Informed Women’s Network, a conservative advocacy group with chapters around the country. Following LePage’s nominations, […]

Call to action: help get Bill Murray to Maine for Portland Beer Week

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Ever since Portlander Shahin Khojastehzad announced his #billmurraybeerweekme campaign- an effort to convince Bill Murray to appear in Portland for Beer Week- about a week ago, word has spread around town like gophers on a golf course. Khojastehzad, a co-owner of the wildly popular Novare Res Biere Cafe on Portland’s Exchange Street, said the idea […]

Rediscovering Portland’s forgotten road- a journey into ‘Hobo Jungle’

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It’s no secret to anybody that Portland, Maine has a homelessness problem. Debates over subjects like panhandler’s rights, drug addiction treatment programs, and asylum for immigrants dominate local discussions from City Hall, to suburban dinner tables, to downtown taverns and diners. But for all the dialogue and rhetoric, for all the endless back and forth […]

Three unique acts draw big crowds at September’s Friday Art Walk

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This month’s First Friday Art Walk in Portland had a different feel to it, a more local, laid back atmosphere. With tourist season behind us, Portlanders came out in droves to reclaim their city. There were dozens of street performers there to entertain the crowd and rake in a little cash, but three of them […]