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Dean Scontras

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Now, I don’t believe that anymore

Back in 1994, being pro-choice on abortion was a popular political position — even for conservative Republicans.
Politics + other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 06, 2012

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

The circus came to town

In the days leading up to November 2, voters here and across the country heard a lot about the Tea Party — what various wins and losses would mean for the staying power of this relatively new political phenomenon, which candidates represented real Tea
Tea Party
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 05, 2010

Celebrity gossip

In the final days of a tight gubernatorial race, the campaigns tend to get desperate, then frantic, then crazy. That progression leads to increasingly wacky attacks on the opposition, few of which turn out to be true, although many of them ought to be.
Candidates in their final, desperate moments
By AL DIAMON  |  October 29, 2010

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

Call 'em like I see 'em

I know there's a contingent of people among my readers who think I'm kind of a race-baiter or that I'm some high-and-mighty Black woman berating Whites for all evil that befalls folks of color.
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By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  July 23, 2010


She's dead to me

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

Evil urges

Let’s talk about extremists.
Politics and other mistakes.
By AL DIAMON  |  June 18, 2008

Kooks on parade

Don’t vote for kooks.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 04, 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


Evil among us

There’s only one issue of any importance in the current campaign.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 12, 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

Dressed up for the letdown

I needed to get this column spiffed up, so I headed for the metaphor closet.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 16, 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

Extreme behavior

If you wanted to make the Maine Legislature look good, you’d compare it to the Portland School Committee.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 31, 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

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

Down among the dead men

Who says the Republican Party can’t win Maine’s 1st Congressional District seat in 2008?
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 09, 2007