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Our list of who’s done Maine wrong this year

Thanksgiving has arrived. Time to disagree over politics, sporting events, and who should get to finish the gravy.
It's Turkey Time
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 23, 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

Framing Charlie

"The senator wasn't cut out for crime. He was the kind of man who'd use vanity plates on a getaway car."
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 05, 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

Loving the enemy

Nobody hates Republicans more than other Republicans.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  September 07, 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


The plot against common sense

Lying is as intrinsic to politics as malt is to beer. Only a fool would attempt to change either one. Among those who deserve credit for maintaining the traditional recipe for campaign rhetoric is Republican US Senate candidate Charlie Summers
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By AL DIAMON  |  July 20, 2012

Back to the polls

The debate about how to phrase the same-sex marriage question on November's ballot has just begun, with Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers proposing a very simple option: "Do you want to allow same-sex couples to marry?"
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 29, 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
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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

Here come the weak

Watch your step. The floor might be slippery from all these drooling political consultants, an occupation noted for its lack of self-control.
Campaign advice
By AL DIAMON  |  March 09, 2012


Consistently inconsistent

One of Governor Paul LePage's most impressive performances, to date, has been his consistency.
Gubernatorial Scorecard
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 07, 2011

All the ugly people

Why did Maine voters give overwhelming approval to a tax-repeal referendum on Nov. 4, while simultaneously returning to office even more of the Democratic legislators who passed the unpopular tax in the first place?
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 12, 2008

Evil urges

Let’s talk about extremists.
Politics and other mistakes.
By AL DIAMON  |  June 18, 2008
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Top 10 questions for Maine voters

Here are the top 10 stories and storylines shaping Maine's primary season.
The issues that define the primary campaign
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 28, 2008

Bad words and warnings

And now, a few positive words about negative advertising.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 28, 2008


Defined by struggle

For the next two months, our entertainment options are limited to reality shows, hockey, or politics.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 13, 2008
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D.C. wannabes

Already some candidates have come and gone, but the field remains wide open as candidates prepare for the June 2008 primaries.
Twelve people want to represent you in Washington; we explain who they are as the winnowing begins
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 26, 2007

It won’t be soon before long

What Strimling is doing in delaying his entry into the race may be on the high end of coy and the low end of ethical, but it’s dead center on traditional.  
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 26, 2007

Growing up and blowing away

State Representative Richard Sykes has discovered something alarming: old people are leaving Maine.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 02, 2007

The man who wasn’t there

Imagine you’re a Republican candidate for Congress in Maine’s 1st District whose name isn’t Charlie Summers.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 18, 2007


A beautiful lie

In an era when “conservative” can mean favoring federal deficits and government intrusion into private lives, and “liberal” has become synonymous with support for states’ rights and opposition to activist judges, terms like “pro-choice” and “pro-life” h
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 09, 2006