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Former Portland school board member Kate Snyder will be the city's next mayor.

It's a slow year for the statewide ballot, but an intriguing mayoral race will be decided in the city of Portland on Tuesday. Politics in Maine's largest city closely resemble the topics and tenor of state and national politics, but with one key difference: In Portland it's not Democrats and Republicans duking it out, but Democrats essentially debating how progressive they want the city to be.

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Officials in the city of Portland are racing the clock to find housing for more than 200 migrant families who unexpectedly arrived after a long, dangerous journey through the U.S.-Mexico border last month. But as the Aug. 15 deadline approaches to close the makeshift shelter currently housing the families, city officials say some migrants are turning down housing in neighboring communities.

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In a tweet Friday, President Donald Trump said his administration is strongly considering a policy to send detained immigrants to "sanctuary cities" that protect undocumented immigrants from deportation.

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A crowd of several hundred turned out for a vigil against hate in Lewiston's Kennedy Park on Sunday.  Speakers included Gov. Janet Mills, the mayors of Lewiston and Portland, Muslim city councilors and faith leaders from the Muslim and Jewish communities.

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Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling delivered the last state-of-the-city address of his four year term last night. He floated some ideas that could set the stage for a re-election campaign – possibly against several other councilors who have been critical of his style.

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Maine's largest city is one step closer to achieving its goal of running entirely on renewable energy by 2040.

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A union backed wage-and-benefit initiative introduced by Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling is putting him at odds with the business community at the local and state levels — and at odds with the City Manager.

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Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling says that vendors who win city contracts should be required to pay workers the area's prevailing wage and to participate in apprenticeship programs, as well.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's Republican governor is slamming Portland's mayor for proposing to allow some non-citizens to vote in local elections.

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Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling is offering what he calls a compromise in his latest showdown with other city officials, this time over committee assignments.

Strimling says he is willing to back off his initial proposal to chair the budget-writing Finance Committee but would still appoint himself to sit on the panel, while also chairing the Health and Human Services Committee.

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The manager of Maine's largest city threatened to resign last night, if his bosses on the Portland City Council gave in to a demand by Mayor Ethan Strimling for direct access to lower-level staff.

At a council meeting, City Manager Jon Jennings said Strimling was looking for more powers than allowed by city charter, which provides for a so-called "weak mayor" system that puts the mayor, in most respects, on equal footing with the rest of the city council.

Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling has joined the "Climate Mayors" network in support of the Paris accord.

The coalition is made up of more than 200 U.S. mayors and seeks to lead a grassroots effort to reduce greenhouse gases.

Strimling says climate change has been a priority for him.  So,  when he saw the coalition existed,  he immediately wanted to sign up. 

PORTLAND, Maine - The mayor of Maine's biggest city wants a citizen group to consider changes to the city charter in a bid to expand the limited authority of his office.
The Portland Press Herald reports that Mayor Ethan Strimling said Monday he believes voters wanted a stronger leader when they voted for a 2010 change to the charter that established the popularly elected office. Previously, councilors chose a mayor among themselves to serve for one year.

PORTLAND, Maine - As Portland's City Council considers new policies aimed at relieving the city's housing crunch, one set of ideas proposed by Mayor Ethan Strimling may be falling off the table, including rent control.

A month ago, Strimling proposed restrictions on rent increases and no-cause evictions, one-year lease requirements, and a bar on discriminating against tenants who rely on housing vouchers.