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A shot at progressive reform

With their sizeable majorities, the Democrats' reconquest of the Maine House and Senate could lead to a rebirth of progressive politics in the state — to reforms in health care, taxes, social services, and other issues.
But will the Dems seize the day?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 04, 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

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

Gridlock groove

Everything at the State House is about to come to a halt.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 02, 2012

Get the rhetoric right

Why do some Maine politicians keep talking about businesses as "job creators?"
Letter to the Portland Phoenix editors, October 19, 2012
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 19, 2012

Obama/Biden Campaign Gear

Tools of the trail.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  October 19, 2012

Working to Nab the Working Class

Just when we all thought America had become one big, happy post-racial society ( cough, cough ) where the content of one's character is the most important thing, the 2012 elections in the end might just come down to race after all.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  September 14, 2012

Great northern stomp

Democratic US Representative Michael Michaud of Maine's 2nd District regularly shows up on lists of the least effective, least powerful, least respected, and least intelligent members of Congress. So, how does Michaud keep getting re-elected by hefty ma
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 27, 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

Not your kind of people

If you're an independent, you know that one of the advantages of not belonging to a political party is that you don't have to help choose the US Senate nominees for the Republicans and Democrats from a list of retreads, reactionaries, rejects, and rectu
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 01, 2012

Vote Best, not gender

I agree whole-heartedly with Deirdre Fulton that a paucity of women interested in holding political office is bad (see "Female Dems Could Help Take Back State House," April 20).
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editor, April 27, 2012

Glorification of failure

The last time the Maine Democratic Party had a competitive candidate in a statewide political race was in 2006, when John Baldacci was re-elected governor. And that was hardly a landslide. Even with Baldacci's incumbency, he got barely 38 percent of the
The Maine Democratic Party
By AL DIAMON  |  March 30, 2012

Neither Dems nor GOP are representing the people of Maine

The sad fact is that the Democratic and Republican parties in our state have been bought by large corporate interests through campaign donations and lobbying.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, March 2, 2012

Maine's donkey party loves the rich and the poor — but can't protect both

In the current legislative fight over Republican Governor Paul LePage's lust to slash Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) programs because of a $221-million shortfall in its budget, Democrats say over and over that they want to protect the po
Two-faced Democrats
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 17, 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

Go green

Or go home!
By DAVID KISH  |  January 27, 2012

It might never happen

The Very Smart People have proclaimed that the Democratic Party is about to reclaim control of the Maine House of Representatives.
Democrat domination
By AL DIAMON  |  January 13, 2012
after the debt crisis ride

The debt crisis is only on hold

The United States was only hours away from joining in the international community of deadbeats and bunko artists — think Greece, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Portugal — when President Barack Obama signed the legislation raising the national debt ceiling and cu
Plus, what does congressman Bill Keating have against Cuban families?
By EDITORIAL  |  August 05, 2011

Let's compromise

I am writing in response to the article that ran in the paper on July 1 entitled " Democrats Celebrate Victory in the Face of Defeat " (by Lance Tapley).
Letters to the Portland Phoenix Editor, July 22, 2011

RI Dems Hire Field Director

The Rhode Island Democratic Party has hired Jonathan Boucher, a Warwick native who served as deputy field director for Frank Caprio's gubernatorial campaign, as its...
By David Scharfenberg  |  July 20, 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


The plan to turn Rhode Island red

The Rhode Island Republican Party's reputation for ineptitude is, by any reasonable measure, richly deserved.
GOP strategist Ken McKay is quietly plotting a data-driven explosion of the state’s one-party rule
By DAVID SCHARFFENBERG  |  June 24, 2011

Netroots Nation eyes Providence (again)

Netroots Nation, an annual gathering of progressive bloggers, has become a sort of whistle stop on the lefty campaign calendar.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 03, 2011

Washington gets serious about cybersecurity

With Republicans in control of the House of Representatives, Democrats in control of the Senate, and both parties focusing on next year's election, there's a whole lot of nothing happening in Washington right now.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 27, 2011

Talking points

Maine has had a favorable history when it comes to third parties in chaotic political times.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix Editor, April 22, 2011

Down again

Here's a great idea for commemorating the 20th anniversary of Maine's last state-government shutdown in 1991: Let's do it again.
State-government shutdown
By AL DIAMON  |  April 01, 2011


The ''Weak Evidence Effect''

About one month before the mid-term elections last fall, 98 people from around the country — Democrats, Republicans, and independents — sat down at their computers to participate in a psychological experiment put together by three Brown University resea
That's It?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 18, 2011

From carpenter to king

In the wake of last month's election, I expected Republican governor-elect Paul LePage to provide me with an inexhaustible supply of column material.
LePage has been surprisingly polite
By AL DIAMON  |  December 10, 2010

Conducting tests on Maine Republicans

Here at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Effects of Sarcasm and Derision on Political Philosophies, we've been conducting a comprehensive battery of tests to determine whether newly elected Maine Republicans really mean that stuff they've been
Highly experimental
By AL DIAMON  |  November 19, 2010

Maine Democrats try to put the past behind them

State Democrats may be down (in numbers) but they're not out (of ideas).
Losing team
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 19, 2010