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Rogues gallery

Last month, the Bangor Daily News lost its courage after an initially outstanding statewide public-records request for information on who holds permits to carry concealed weapons in Maine.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 08, 2013

Last of the dinosaurs

Maybe those nutballs who claim dinosaurs and cavemen existed at the same time aren't quite as batty as the scientific evidence indicates.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 21, 2012

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

Back from the brink

The last two Democrats to run for statewide office in Maine got 32 percent of the vote — combined.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  November 16, 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

Trash tongue talker

In an amazing development, experts at the University of No Place In Particular But Possibly Fort Kent have discovered that statements made in political advertisements are almost always bald-faced lies.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  October 12, 2012


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

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

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

Democrats wring their hands

Interviewed separately at the Democratic State Convention, Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud gave identical responses to the question of what would it take for the Democrats to triumph in November.
State Convention Watch
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 08, 2012

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

What they write about

Thanks for coming to my power-point presentation.
The Maine Democratic Party's US Senate prospects
By AL DIAMON  |  February 17, 2012

Three the hard way

The current field of Democratic gubernatorial candidates consists of one who's already run unsuccessfully, one who's a member of the 1 percent of rich and powerful Americans the Occupy Maine movement is protesting, and one who's sort of loopy.
Gubernatorial candidates
By AL DIAMON  |  December 02, 2011

All that you paid for

I've got some deals for you.
Tax dollars
By AL DIAMON  |  July 01, 2011

Democrats celebrate victory in the face of defeat

Senator Dawn Hill, of Cape Neddick, the lead Democrat on the Legislature's Appropriations Committee, which fashioned the recently passed $6-billion state budget, explained to the Phoenix why she voted to reduce income and estate taxes on the rich whi
They cozy up to Republicans and the rich
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 01, 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

Some people have real problems

Mainers are facing grievous financial burdens. Stores and factories are shutting down. Businesses that stay open are laying people off. Unemployment is rising as fast as the foreclosure rate on homes. And housing prices are sinking like the value of ret
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 11, 2009