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Randy Billings is a government watchdog and political reporter who has been the State House bureau chief since 2021. He was named the Maine Press Association’s Journalist of the Year in 2020. He joined the Press Herald in 2012 as the Portland City Hall reporter, where his beat touched on a wide range of topics, including municipal government, immigration, homelessness, housing and social services. Prior to that, he worked at various weeklies as well as business and arts publications. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine, Orono. He lives in North Yarmouth with his wife and two children and enjoys the outdoors and playing his upright bass.

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  • Published
    October 14, 2012

    Oxford Plains racetrack has a new owner

    Tom Mayberry, head of Pro All Stars Series, plans to create a multi-use facility, with monster trucks, motocross and faster cars.

  • Published
    October 11, 2012

    Maine Wharf getting new life

    A CEO who plans to buy the pier wants to make repairs and find a mix of tenants.

  • Published
    October 10, 2012

    Committee opposes tying tax breaks to job creation

    PORTLAND — Members of the City Council’s Housing and Community Development Committee decided Wednesday that property tax breaks for developers should not be tied directly to the number of jobs that a project will create. “I’m against setting hard and fast requirements,” Councilor Edward Suslovic said. “I’m a big fan of maximum flexibility.” Consequently, the […]

  • Published
    October 10, 2012

    City schedules meetings on neighborhood issues

    Next month, residents will have the opportunity to meet with city staff, Mayor Michael Brennan and their district city councilor to talk about neighborhood issues.

  • Published
    October 10, 2012

    City seeks input on hiring next corporation counsel

    City Councilors will hold a public hearing on Friday to collect input about the characteristics, skills and abilities the next corporation counsel should possess.

  • Published
    October 10, 2012

    For Hall, it’s back to school (take 3)

    PORTLAND – Teachers and students returned to Hall Elementary School on Tuesday, three weeks after a predawn fire displaced them. “It feels great to be back home,” said Principal Cynthia Remick. “But it feels like our third first day of school.” The school year started on Sept. 6, then the electrical fire on Sept. 17 […]

  • Published
    October 9, 2012

    Development on Fore Street likely to wait until next year

    A large commercial tenant pulled out of the housing, retail and office project, the company president says.

  • Published
    October 9, 2012

    $18M Old Port development delayed

    The Fore Street project was expected to begin this fall, but the loss of a commercial tenant has delayed it.

  • Published
    October 8, 2012

    South Portland suspects Portland tried to lure Wright Express

    South Portland officials have offered free gym memberships and discussed tax breaks with the company, which is considering re-locating its 600 employees.

  • Published
    October 8, 2012

    Better Portland bus services? An effort is under way

    Municipal leaders explore having a single transportation provider for all of Greater Portland.