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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

Addicted to bad ideas

Solving Maine's most serious problems would be a lot easier if we could eliminate obviously unworkable solutions from the debate.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 11, 2013

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

Goodbye, Azeroth

In the wake of the scandalous discovery that Democratic state Senate candidate Colleen Lachowicz of Waterville is a devotee of the online game World of Warcraft, the Maine Republican Party has prepared a list of acceptable leisure-time activities for i
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 19, 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

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

Twenty years on

There are topics that are even more boring than a columnist writing about how long he's been a columnist.
Looking back on two decades of columns
By AL DIAMON  |  November 18, 2011

Stranger than known

In politics, things don't have to make sense. If they did, there'd be no excuse for the Tea Party, Democrat Jon Hinck's US Senate campaign, or Republican State Committee chairman Charlie Webster's existence.
Political nonsense
By AL DIAMON  |  September 23, 2011

Drawing a line

Remain calm. You've probably heard that a special commission has failed to reach bipartisan agreement on a plan to redraw the boundary between Maine's two congressional districts in order to make their populations as close to equal as possible. Don't p
Bipartisan agreement
By AL DIAMON  |  September 09, 2011

How they hate him

Republican Governor Paul LePage has every right to be angry at Maine journalists for depicting him as a clueless buffoon with the political skills of a rabies-maddened raccoon and the public-relations prowess of day-old bait.
LePage vs. The Media Alliance to Ridicule, Degrade, and Eviscerate Normal Society
By AL DIAMON  |  August 12, 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

Over before it started

It's finished. The gubernatorial candidates can cancel all remaining campaign appearances.
Cancel the campaigns
By AL DIAMON  |  October 01, 2010

Workin' man blues

Election years are always times of high anxiety for politicians. That may explain why they say and do so many stupid things.
Blue-collar luxury resorts, and other GOP oxymorons
By AL DIAMON  |  March 05, 2010

She's dead to me

Olympia Snowe is doomed.
Not even the squirrelly set can save her
By AL DIAMON  |  November 27, 2009

Equal scary people

I have nothing against people who've had the misfortune of being born in other nations. Unless they're from Chad.
Should foreigners -- like folks from NH -- vote in Maine?
By AL DIAMON  |  April 10, 2009

Working man blues

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

The song remains the same

By AL DIAMON  |  January 01, 1900