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Bruce Poliquin

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Bad job blues

Bruce Poliquin, former state treasurer and unsuccessful candidate for governor and U.S. senator, has decided he doesn’t want to be the new chairman of the Maine Republican Party. Smart move.
 Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 18, 2013

Three-time loser

Politics + Other Mistakes
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 30, 2013

Finding Mr. (or Ms.) Perfect

Politics + Other Mistakes
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 23, 2013

Paying debts

The other day, I got an email alerting me to an amazing financial opportunity.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 28, 2012

A house is not a home

The Maine State Housing Authority has such an off-putting name that it prefers to use a pseudonym.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  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


Bruce almighty

I'm writing this before it's officially decided whether State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin qualified as a US Senate candidate for the Republican primary in June.
Will Bruce Poliquin make the ballot?
By AL DIAMON  |  March 23, 2012

Fader in the middle

Time for political trivia. For each correct answer, treat yourself to a beer.
Political trivia
By AL DIAMON  |  February 24, 2012

Big man got the money

Until now, being state treasurer was like being a septic tank. Both attract attention only when something goes wrong.
State treasurers
By AL DIAMON  |  June 17, 2011

Flotsam and jetsam

The list of young Maine politicians with serious prospects of someday being elected to higher office is shorter than Governor Paul LePage's temper.
LePage’s temper
By AL DIAMON  |  March 04, 2011

From carpenter to king

In the wake of last month's election, I expected Republican governor-elect Paul LePage to provide me with an inexhaustible supply of column material.
LePage has been surprisingly polite
By AL DIAMON  |  December 10, 2010


Plan B(1)

With the end of the long primary campaign, Mainers are facing an ugly reality.
 Post-primary predictions
By AL DIAMON  |  June 11, 2010

Secret desires

Everywhere I go, people keep asking me, “Who’s going to win the election?” Often, my answer depends on my mood (which ranges from bad to horrendous).
Who's going to win the election?
By AL DIAMON  |  June 04, 2010

The powerless rise

I’m an even-tempered guy. I don’t lose my cool more than, maybe, once or twice a day.
The danger of the unfocused anger of the Tea Party
By AL DIAMON  |  May 21, 2010

Wrote a song for everyone

Political experts know the most important factor in a successful race for governor is the campaign song.
Name that tune
By AL DIAMON  |  May 07, 2010

Gonna change directions

That’s not intended as a negative reflection on the Son of God, who can’t be held responsible for the deficiencies in Beardsley’s early campaign style.
Jesus didn’t help Bill Beardsley.
By AL DIAMON  |  April 16, 2010


Weapon of choice

As amazing as it seems in this age of 24-hour-a-day punditry, there are still issues about which it is permissible not to have an opinion.
Gun Control
By AL DIAMON  |  February 19, 2010

A fool for everyone

Time to dispose of a few inconsequential gubernatorial candidates.
Trimming the flab from the governor's race
By AL DIAMON  |  January 22, 2010
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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

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

Future wounds

Welcome to the 2009 post-election trauma center.
Brains, spines, and guts wanted
By AL DIAMON  |  November 13, 2009


All the right wrongs

With the end of another campaign season, it’s time to recognize those who may not have been successful in influencing voters, but were clear winners in eliciting derisive snorts.
The 2009 Gaggie Awards for Political Cluelessness
By AL DIAMON  |  November 06, 2009

Orthodox caveman

Wanted: a right-wing wacko to run for governor of Maine.
Maine’s GOP is suffering from a muddle in the middle
By AL DIAMON  |  October 16, 2009

Sins and promises

Let's suppose you wanted Maine's next governor to be somebody who'd create jobs.
Keeping tabs on the tweets of gubernatorial twits
By AL DIAMON  |  September 11, 2009

I've got you under my skin

The first rule for running a successful race for governor is never to say anything of substance about anything. Taking even the most innocuous of positions (Do you think Maine should have an official state skin disease?) will only cost a candidate vote
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 12, 2009
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They wanna be governor

In our typical Portland Phoenix format, here’s a one-by-one look at all the folks who claim they want to be Maine’s next governor. (In our book, anyone crazy enough to say they want that job probably has done something to karmically deserve it.)
Primary Election 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 01, 1900