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King may have brokered a student-loan deal

Lawmakers are considering a bipartisan and White House-supported compromise on student loans this week, in the form of the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, co-authored by Maine’s Independent Senator Angus King.
 Finance Watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 25, 2013

The price you pay(1)

Politics + other mistakes
Politics + other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 27, 2013

Gov-speak

Governor Paul LePage famously (and perhaps in jest) threatened to punch MPBN reporter AJ Higgins in the face, back during the 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 11, 2013
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What to look forward to in Maine arts, culture, and politics

We're thrilled the world didn't end in 2012 — aren't you?
In with a bang
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 28, 2012
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The King impression

Casting your ballot for independent Angus King — the former governor running for the US Senate seat being vacated by Olympia Snowe — is a vote for a smarter future for Maine.
Endorsements 2012
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 02, 2012

Rating the campaigns

When reporters are trying to get info on candidates to share with voters, campaign staff hold the keys to the kingdom.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 19, 2012


Trash tongue talker

In an amazing development, experts at the University of No Place In Particular But Possibly Fort Kent have discovered that statements made in political advertisements are almost always bald-faced lies.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  October 12, 2012
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Inevitability at the ballot box

Five weeks. Five weeks of polls, attack ads, debates, and stump speeches.
More than a month left, with nowhere to go
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 05, 2012

Lots of hot air

Independent US Senate candidate Angus King opened a recent debate at the University of Southern Maine by congratulating Chris Sauer, president and CEO of Maine's Ocean Renewable Power Company, which has started generating electricity for the power grid
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 21, 2012

No response

According to TV spots and press releases from his opponents, independent US Senate candidate Angus King is a slick-talking, budget-busting, money-grubbing, back-room-dealing, environment-despoiling, anti-working-class, elitist scumsucker.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 14, 2012

Drinking with the devil

As the dog days of August drag on, you may be unlucky enough to encounter a campaigning politician.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 24, 2012


Good side of bad things

Now for a few words in support of partisanship, gridlock, negative campaigning, and super PACs.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 13, 2012

Lion, beast, beat(en)

There is a scenario under which former independent governor Angus King could fail to take office as Maine's next US senator.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 22, 2012

Democrats wring their hands

Interviewed separately at the Democratic State Convention, Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud gave identical responses to the question of what would it take for the Democrats to triumph in November.
State Convention Watch
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 08, 2012
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GOP runners for federal office get squirrely; Dems and independents share answers

This year's candidate questionnaire was little different from past years.
Dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 01, 2012

Little king

Picking the next US senator from Maine is a no-brainer, now that independent Angus King is officially in the race.
Picking the next Senator
By AL DIAMON  |  March 16, 2012


How they hate him

Republican Governor Paul LePage has every right to be angry at Maine journalists for depicting him as a clueless buffoon with the political skills of a rabies-maddened raccoon and the public-relations prowess of day-old bait.
LePage vs. The Media Alliance to Ridicule, Degrade, and Eviscerate Normal Society
By AL DIAMON  |  August 12, 2011

Your credibility's shot

He used his ability to appeal to a significant minority of the electorate to propel himself and his pals into the governor's office.
Dennis Bailey's political advice falls flat
By AL DIAMON  |  May 06, 2011

Lie to me

If Paul LePage's wife asked him, "Do these pants make my butt look big?" he'd probably answer, "Yeah, you look like you've got twin entrants in a giant pumpkin contest dragging around behind you."
LePage's brutal honesty
By AL DIAMON  |  December 31, 2010

Blue city in a red state

Maine changed last Tuesday. By a slim margin, citizens voted to send Tea Party-backed Paul LePage to the Blaine House next year.
Election wrap-up
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 12, 2010
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What women want

It doesn't make much sense, on the surface. In the 60 years since Maine made history by being the first state to send a woman to the United States Congress, women have been regular, and stalwart, members of Maine's Washington delegation. But the state’s
And what they need to run — and win — in Maine
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 15, 2010


Spookin' the horses

Move over, Freddy Krueger. Here come the real scary monsters: Libby Mitchell and Paul LePage.
Scary trumps stupid every time
By AL DIAMON  |  June 18, 2010

Second choice

The word "instant" makes me suspicious.
The ills of instant-runoff voting
By AL DIAMON  |  January 29, 2010
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10 years later, we told you so

Like many in the alternative press, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the game. Sometimes, of course, that means we're wrong about what might be coming down the pike — that's part of the risk of being "out front" and not just reacting to the news as
Ten years of being right (well, mostly)
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 18, 2009
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Secret, unaccountable, and co-opted

The state prison in Warren has been hammered in recent months by an inmate murder and other violence, a prisoner hunger strike, legislative investigations exposing mismanagement and poor guard morale, and a request by human-rights groups for a federal pr
If the prison Board of Visitors had done its job, it might have helped prevent several recent tragedies
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 14, 2009
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Go back in time

Last weekend was Pride weekend here in Portland, and though rain made its own appearances occasionally, it didn't stop hundreds — even thousands — of people from, well, coming out and celebrating.
Gay and lesbian Mainers revisit the last 25 years
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 26, 2009


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Rural vernacular

A documenter of the contemporary American experience with portraits of our most mundane infrastructure, Belfast-based Linden Frederick has been chosen as this year's distinguished artist by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. In the show
Contemplating Linden Frederick at CMCA
By ANNIE LARMON  |  June 05, 2009
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What's wrong with Augusta?

Charlie Colgan couldn't predict a recession if its arrival was signaled by warning lights and sirens.
Whatever it is, it isn't new. Things were just as screwed up a decade ago — in the opposite direction
By AL DIAMON  |  January 28, 2009

Post-daily

After leaving daily newspapers, where do journalists go?
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 25, 2008

Evil urges

Let’s talk about extremists.
Politics and other mistakes.
By AL DIAMON  |  June 18, 2008