Toxic politics taking its toll on Portland’s public servants

 Toxic politics taking its toll on Portland’s public servants

Less than a month before the election, politics in Portland has reached a fevered pitch.

The tension – and some would say toxicity – of recent years between an energized, aggressive progressive movement and more moderate city officials spiked last week when a school board candidate suddenly dropped her re-election bid. Other city officials are also stepping aside, citing in part the political atmosphere. And former officials say the days of collegiality amid disagreement are gone and that officials are increasingly grouping into hardened factions, unwilling to compromise.

Portland Mayor Kate Snyder 

City officials in Maine’s liberal largest city have been accused of not caring about people experiencing homelessness, even though they have agreed to pay up to $25 million to build a new homeless services center with wraparound services and a health clinic. They have been accused of being on the take from developers, even…

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