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LePage and Pingree steal each other's material

Democratic US Representative Chellie Pingree does this hilarious imitation of Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage.
Look like twins
By AL DIAMON  |  October 08, 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

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

Second choice

The word "instant" makes me suspicious.
The ills of instant-runoff voting
By AL DIAMON  |  January 29, 2010

Cleaning up Maine's sleaze

When tourists admire Maine's picturesque waterfronts, they aren't close enough to smell the barrels reeking with rotting lobster bait.
Politicians have left it to the people
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 18, 2009

Working man blues

Charlie Webster's war never ends.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 28, 2009

Playing the angel

Former congressman David Emery’s correct in thinking that public campaign financing is a luxury the state can’t afford, but his aversion to Clean Election money seems to be more a matter of convenience than conviction.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 27, 2008

Save it for the next one

If you had to come up with his name, you could always Google “governors, irrelevant.”
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 08, 2007

Prisoners as commodities

If Baldacci goes around the Legislature with an emergency order, a big division could open between the governor and the Legislature.
Critics slam Governor Baldacci’s plan to ship Maine inmates out of state to a for-profit company
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 25, 2007

Put on your rosy red glasses

Governor John Baldacci has plans for his second term that will transform the lives of every Mainer. Which will probably annoy those Mainers who don’t want their lives transformed.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 21, 2006

King of the freaks

I’d like to honor the best of the recently deceased political campaigns. Unfortunately, “best” turned out to be in short supply this year, but there was a surplus of worst. And I have just the prize for that.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 08, 2006

Flavor of the weak

According to the polls (a phrase that carries the implication that whatever comes next is rated on the plausibility scale well below doubtful and just above complete crap), the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights is losing ground faster than the Iraqi army.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 01, 2006

Voter’s Guide

The Portland Phoenix staff packaged up our hopes for a vibrant Maine and stuffed them in this Voter’s Guide.
Endorsements for races for the Portland city council, the state House of Representatives, the State Senate, the US House of Representatives, the US Senate, and, of course, the governor.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 01, 2006

Roll your own

The state’s Clean Election system is even grubbier than you thought.
Under Maine’s campaign-finance system, Clean Election candidates get screwed
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 25, 2006

Words don’t fit the picture

I was watching a ballgame on TV, when a bunch of people suddenly appeared on the screen saying and doing stupid things, while holding bottles of beer manufactured by a major American brewery.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 11, 2006

Woodcock's weaknesses

By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 04, 2006

Baldacci's bombshell

By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 04, 2006

Playing to win

John Baldacci appears to be on track for re-election November 7, in spite of himself.
Baldacci is starving his opponents before crushing them
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 04, 2006

Nothing terribly new

By their natures, conservatives are suspicious of new ideas.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 22, 2006

Stars are blind

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have confirmed they can see Christian Potholm’s giant ego.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 09, 2006

Are you nervous?

Much as I’d prefer not to discuss politicians’ bodily fluids, it’s my duty to report that more gunk than usual seems to be oozing out of some Maine Democrats.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 02, 2006

Bad with names

You’ll be relieved to learn that Maine has a law protecting you from the rampant abuse of nicknames.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 19, 2006

Fallout from the war

I was just reading this distinguished political dissertation in which the Christian Civic League of Maine was described as “a mixture of monstrous chaos and genetic disaster, a phantasmagoric potpourri of crossbred animals, nomadic minerals, virtuous veg
Talking Politics
By AL DIAMON  |  July 12, 2006
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A wild, wild, wide-open race

Here are five Big Things about the recent primary election that were missed or underemphasized by the “straight” press.
What you won’t learn from the rest of the media about Maine’s upcoming elections
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 21, 2006

I’m not dead

Washington County Democrats weren’t so much voting for Christopher Miller as they were supporting somebody whose name didn’t appear on the ballot: N. E. “Buddy” Butdisguy.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 21, 2006

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Handicapping the GOP

Because Governor Baldacci’s poll numbers have been in the depths for over a year, three substantial Republicans are competing to take him on. Here’s the tip sheet for the June 13 GOP primary.
Who wins in a Republican primary?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 17, 2006

Blaine game

Watch out Baldacci, they’re lining up to take a swing.
Take a number
By ERIK EISELE  |  April 26, 2006

A promise you can’t keep

Republican state senator Chandler Woodcock of Farmington has made a remarkable promise. Or a desperate one.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 05, 2006

War pigs

Fortunately, there’s no need for you to sort the boars from the bores in the upcoming gubernatorial race, because most of these oinkers don’t have the chops for this race and will be bacon long before the ballots are printed.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 16, 2006