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Long term plan

Since you're reading this column, I assume you're a person well-versed in the important matters facing this state, or else you're insanely bored and found my stuff marginally more entertaining than the legal notices.
Maine Legislature in 2012
By AL DIAMON  |  December 09, 2011

Three the hard way

The current field of Democratic gubernatorial candidates consists of one who's already run unsuccessfully, one who's a member of the 1 percent of rich and powerful Americans the Occupy Maine movement is protesting, and one who's sort of loopy.
Gubernatorial candidates
By AL DIAMON  |  December 02, 2011
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Democrats celebrate victory in the face of defeat

Senator Dawn Hill, of Cape Neddick, the lead Democrat on the Legislature's Appropriations Committee, which fashioned the recently passed $6-billion state budget, explained to the Phoenix why she voted to reduce income and estate taxes on the rich whi
They cozy up to Republicans and the rich
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 01, 2011
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Instead of cuts: guts

Let’s assume, reader, that you’re concerned about economic and social justice. For those in real need — people who are poor, sick, old, mentally ill, addicted, disabled — you want decent care. You’re concerned, too, about proper funding of schools, commu
Raise taxes on the rich? Only one candidate says ‘yes’?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 08, 2010

Nobody dies

Some things in life are essential — beer, the MLB Network, caller ID — and some things aren't — tofu, Jay Leno, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.
The Department of Economic and Community Development dodges the axe
By AL DIAMON  |  January 01, 2010

Gifts of the magi

OK, so math isn't Poliquin's strong point. And he's a little shaky on consistency. But are those minor flaws enough to convince Santa to leave coal in his stocking?
Who's on the naughty list?
By AL DIAMON  |  December 25, 2009


Can't be wrong

I don't care if my state representative is sneaking off to Argentina to romance some exotic mystery woman. Given my rep's track record at the State House, he's unlikely to be any less effective in pursuing a clandestine international affair than in pas
Talking Politics
By AL DIAMON  |  July 10, 2009

Stuck in the middle with you

On the surface, moderation appears to be a simple concept. Avoid extremes. Seek compromise. ... It's sort of like being a hypocrite, except without most of the fun parts.
Alliance for Maine's Future thinks the Maine Legislature needs more moderates.
By AL DIAMON  |  February 25, 2009
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Falling down

Critics of the state Department of Corrections say the hostage-taking last June at the Maine State Prison dramatically illustrates that the concrete, high-tech lockup in Warren is showing cracks from stress on the prison guards.
Mistreatment of Maine prison guards lands heavily on inmates
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 05, 2008

Are the prisons overcrowded?

I am asking the whole Legislative Committee to physically go and inspect the prison to ascertain how much bed space is there.
Letters to the Portland editor: February 15, 2008
By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  February 13, 2008

Letters to the Portland editor: May 4, 2007

God bless the First Amendment.
Go, Lance, go!
By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  May 02, 2007


This could be a possibility

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about Democratic state Senator Ethan Strimling of Portland and his plans to run for the 1st Congressional District seat in 2008 (see "Scary Guy," December 15).
 Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 27, 2006

Scary guy

Three words that cause Maine Republicans to become panic-stricken and lose control of their bodily functions...
 Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 13, 2006

Angst by numbers

Could hordes of illegal aliens decide Maine’s gubernatorial election?
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 28, 2006