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How will you be remembered?

In politics, it's known as the dreaded "L word."
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 22, 2013

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

Flunking out

I'm surprised Republican Governor Paul LePage hasn't stumbled over the obvious solution to reforming Maine's education system.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  August 17, 2012
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Ratings game

A recent poll found that more Mainers approve of the governor's job performance this year than did last year.
Gubernatorial Scorecard
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 11, 2011

Going, gone

Republican Governor Paul LePage should do himself, his party, and his state a favor by pulling a Sarah Palin and resigning.
LePage should just resign
By AL DIAMON  |  May 13, 2011

Facebook group becomes an organizing force

When Governor Paul LePage returned to the Blaine House after his Jamaican vacation on Monday, he got a special welcome-home gift: an oversized card, signed by 1300 of his constituents (plus some balloons and Jamaican Me Crazy coffee!).
Maine's majority
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 15, 2011


I can't recall

“I can think of no single measure that would do more to strengthen the credibility of state government than . . . the institution of recall.”
Maine's mixed history with recall efforts
By AL DIAMON  |  April 15, 2011

Scarcelli’s firm takes heat in Mississippi

Former gubernatorial and prospective US Senate candidate Rosa Scarcelli has had a lot of bad press of late, courtesy of her husband's role in creating an anonymous website that sought to smear another Blaine House candidate, Eliot Cutler. Now the compan
Housing slump
By COLIN WOODARD  |  February 11, 2011

Family feud

Republican Governor Paul LePage is a remarkably consistent guy. LePage doesn't just do stupid things in public. He can be just as big an idiot in private.
Politeness and politics
By AL DIAMON  |  February 04, 2011
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Can Maine's Democrats come back from the dead?

Let's skip over several huge problems the Maine Democratic Party faces as it tries to recover from its historic losses in November, when for the first time since 1964 the Republicans took control of both houses of the Legislature and the governorship.
Or have they been Republicans for too long?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 21, 2011

Walking on broken glass

There must be some kind of law that kicks in whenever a prominent politician leaves office, requiring every columnist and pundit to blather on at length about the triumphs and tragedies of that esteemed figure's checkered career.
A (very) short list of Baldacci's successes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 17, 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

Know what you're doing

Any idiot can be governor. I'm not saying Republican Governor-elect Paul LePage is such an idiot. But if it turns out he is, it's comforting to know that it won't make much difference.
Governors: listen to your legislators
By AL DIAMON  |  November 12, 2010

Be careful what you say about Libby Mitchell

You can get in a lot of trouble if you use the words "Libby Mitchell" and "old" in the same sentence.
Old and in the way
By AL DIAMON  |  October 15, 2010

Addicted to distraction

I have just finished conducting extensive scientific experiments that required me to wear a white lab coat, to order my deformed assistant to dig up corpses from fresh graves, and to combine common household chemicals in plastic soda bottles. The result
Mad political science
By AL DIAMON  |  August 27, 2010

Ignorance is bliss

Maine governors do stupid things.
Social issues
By AL DIAMON  |  July 02, 2010


Mean everything to nothing

My favorite movie-advertising phrase is "based on a true story." Translated into English, it means: "more or less, a big fat lie."
True tax stories
By AL DIAMON  |  January 15, 2010

Low expectations

There are some important qualities I'd like to see in the next governor of Maine. But they're all pretty boring. So let's get to what I wouldn't like to see.
Talking Politics
By AL DIAMON  |  July 03, 2009