John Christie

John Christie

John Christie is the co-founder of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, which operates The Maine Monitor.


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From a gazillion dollars to bupkis — our annual index

From a gazillion dollars to bupkis — our annual index

Once a year, we take our inspiration from the clever folks at Harper’s Magazine, and produce, as they do, an index of “ironic statistics arranged for thoughtful effect.”

Our index, written by Editor-in-Chief John Christie, is drawn from the stories we published in the past year.

Closed door: Legislators conducting public business in private despite state’s open meeting law

Closed door: Legislators conducting public business in private despite state’s open meeting law

The legislature’s practice of conducting the public’s business — such as budget negotiations — behind closed doors likely violated the state’s Freedom of Access Act (FOAA). Center editor-reporter John Christie “crashed” a closed door session of the appropriations committee and confronted legislators about the practice, which one of the state’s prominent first amendment attorneys says violates the sprit of FOAA and likely also the letter of that landmark law.

Poll news is no news

As voters surely saw this past campaign season, there were lots of polls. They showed how one candidate was winning or another.

But polls can be wrong, and they are often abused by political operatives who want to promote candidates.

Read John Christie’s latest “Who Ya Kidding” to see how it all works.

Three for the price of one

It’s election season, and the hyperbole machine is redlining. Endorsements, especially, are the time to lay it on thick and attempt to counter the candidate’s greatest weakness. Read John Christie’s “Who Ya Kidding?” column to find the latest examples of “pure wind” in Maine politics.

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