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Little things

In the midst of the new Republican majority's mania to reduce the size and cost of state government, I offer some advice and a warning.
On shrinking legislatures
By AL DIAMON  |  January 14, 2011

Less of you

When the Legislature gets reformed, things get worse.
Reform is a bad idea
By AL DIAMON  |  August 20, 2010
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Maine women take to the gridiron

Saturday will be a different kind of ladies’ night at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
Full Contact
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 09, 2010
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Instead of cuts: guts

Let’s assume, reader, that you’re concerned about economic and social justice. For those in real need — people who are poor, sick, old, mentally ill, addicted, disabled — you want decent care. You’re concerned, too, about proper funding of schools, commu
Raise taxes on the rich? Only one candidate says ‘yes’?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 08, 2010

Nobody dies

Some things in life are essential — beer, the MLB Network, caller ID — and some things aren't — tofu, Jay Leno, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.
The Department of Economic and Community Development dodges the axe
By AL DIAMON  |  January 01, 2010
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The wrong man for hard times

Most Democrats see Barack Obama’s inauguration as a clear-cut, welcome turn to the left.
State House Democrats need to stand up to the governor
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 04, 2009


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Fishing for filmmakers

When you can make Shreveport look like Bridgton for less money, what’s the bottom-line allure of filming in Maine?
Maine struggles to attract the movie industry
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 02, 2008

The pick of destiny

The Maine Senate has confirmed Democratic Governor John Baldacci’s nomination of Charles Dow of Winthrop for a District Court judgeship, despite Republican criticism of Dow’s lack of courtroom experience.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 31, 2007

Tabor won

If you had joined Maine’s leading liberals in kicking off the legislative session at their annual public-policy gab-fest in early January, you would have been excused for thinking the conservatives were actually the hosts.
The liberals embrace defeat (a/k/a Baldacci)
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 17, 2007

Scary guy

Three words that cause Maine Republicans to become panic-stricken and lose control of their bodily functions...
 Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 13, 2006

Put on your rosy red glasses

Governor John Baldacci has plans for his second term that will transform the lives of every Mainer. Which will probably annoy those Mainers who don’t want their lives transformed.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 21, 2006


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Funny numbers

Maine spends more than two million dollars a year advertising our scenery to out-of-staters. Visit Maine: Tourism promotion’s cozy—and now hot—world. By Lance Tapley
It’s not Maine, it’s the ads about Maine that bring tourists here
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 20, 2006

Too much posse

John Richardson has lots of friends in the Legislature. Unfortunately for him, they may be the wrong friends.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 07, 2006