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Hoping for disaster

The best thing that could happen to independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is a state shutdown.  
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  June 22, 2013

Like a rip-off

"The poor would be driven out of town. The middle class would drive themselves."
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  March 01, 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

What were you hoping for?

In his first year as governor, Republican Paul LePage did a decent job.
LePage's year
By AL DIAMON  |  December 30, 2011

Long term plan

Since you're reading this column, I assume you're a person well-versed in the important matters facing this state, or else you're insanely bored and found my stuff marginally more entertaining than the legal notices.
Maine Legislature in 2012
By AL DIAMON  |  December 09, 2011
Muzzle Awards free speech offenders

The 14th Annual Muzzle Awards

To understand just how disappointing Barack Obama has been on civil liberties, you need only consider the case of David House, a founder of the Bradley Manning Support Network.  
Our annual look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
By DAN KENNEDY  |  June 25, 2011


Your credibility's shot

He used his ability to appeal to a significant minority of the electorate to propel himself and his pals into the governor's office.
Dennis Bailey's political advice falls flat
By AL DIAMON  |  May 06, 2011

Middle of the road

LePage has accomplished something no Maine governor has ever been able to achieve: He's spread joy across the entire ideological spectrum.
LePage pleases everyone -- sort of
By AL DIAMON  |  April 22, 2011

Scarcelli’s firm takes heat in Mississippi

Former gubernatorial and prospective US Senate candidate Rosa Scarcelli has had a lot of bad press of late, courtesy of her husband's role in creating an anonymous website that sought to smear another Blaine House candidate, Eliot Cutler. Now the compan
Housing slump
By COLIN WOODARD  |  February 11, 2011

Out of ideas

I'm trying to help the Maine Democratic Party by coming up with a slogan for its big comeback attempt in the 2012 election.
Lending a hand to the Maine Democratic Party
By AL DIAMON  |  February 11, 2011

Mayor's race kicks off

Last week, the first three mayoral candidates filed their paperwork. So begins Portland’s first elected-mayor campaign in more than eight decades.
Getting to know you
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 28, 2011


Sub Rosa

Rosa Scarcelli is running for the US Senate in 2012. Her husband is still running away from what he did in the 2010 gubernatorial race.
Rosa Scarcelli's Senate run
By AL DIAMON  |  January 07, 2011
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Looking back on 2010: Maine goes red

There were big wins, big defeats, encouraging signs, and disappointments. Here's a look at what Maine enjoyed — and endured — in 2010.
Republicans take over Augusta, Portland cops go online, gay rights stay center stage, and more!
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 24, 2010

In a perfect world: Ranked-choice voting

My unbiased analysis of the 2010 Maine gubernatorial election reveals that most voters didn't want any of the candidates to win. The proof? A sizable majority voted against each of them.
Make that "fraud"
By AL DIAMON  |  November 26, 2010

Blue city in a red state

Maine changed last Tuesday. By a slim margin, citizens voted to send Tea Party-backed Paul LePage to the Blaine House next year.
Election wrap-up
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 12, 2010

Election whoas

Never before have a I seen such a classist, racist, lock-step-thinking set of election results in my time living here, and I — OK, kidding; kidding. Just wanted to get a rise out of the people who still think I'm all "Maine is a mess" and "White people
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By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  November 12, 2010


Cutler concedes


Eliot Cutler just finished his concession speech at his Commercial Street headquarters. (His staff had already begun clearing it out before the speech.) About an hour...
By Jeff Inglis  |  November 03, 2010
Cutler staff pitch campaign materials in Dumpster - concession imminent

Cutler staff pitch campaign materials in Dumpster - concession imminent


With the Bangor Daily News predicting a LePage win, Eliot Cutler's campaign staff have begun clearing out the campaign office on Commercial Street. Here is...
By Jeff Inglis  |  November 03, 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

Quick reminders for last-minute voters

Last week, we issued our endorsements for several races and ballot issues. If you just want a quick handy refresher, here's a list of the Portland Phoenix 's endorsements.
Endorsements
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 29, 2010
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How progressive are Maine's gubernatorial candidates?

Political rhetoric is cheap. Does a candidate have specific, practical proposals that are fresh approaches to stubborn problems? Or are their ideas irresponsible?
The gubernatorial candidates' specific ideas to make Maine better (or worse)
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 22, 2010


Infographic: Maine's would-be governors of 2010

How gubernatorial candidates Eliot Cutler, Paul LePage, Elizabeth Mitchell, Shawn Moody, and Kevin Scott measure up.
Their ideas for changing Maine, from a progressive perpspective
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 22, 2010
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Cutler for Governor

We've said before that it's time for change in Augusta.
Endorsements
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2010

UMaine newspaper endorses Moody


Our gubernatorial endorsement comes out in tomorrow's paper. In the meantime, check out this longshot Shawn Moody endorsement from The Maine Campus. The Maine Green...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  October 19, 2010
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What women want

It doesn't make much sense, on the surface. In the 60 years since Maine made history by being the first state to send a woman to the United States Congress, women have been regular, and stalwart, members of Maine's Washington delegation. But the state’s
And what they need to run — and win — in Maine
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 15, 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


Cannibal council

Getting a stern lecture on political decorum from the likes of me would be similar to being scolded by Hannibal Lecter for indulging in cannibalism. Both reprimands would carry a strong odor of hypocrisy.
Behaving badly
By AL DIAMON  |  September 24, 2010

Cleaning house

Maine’s government contains more than 300 boards and commissions — ranging from the influential, such as the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) and the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC), to the obscure, such as one that oversees landscape architects a
Board overhaul
By AL DIAMON  |  September 17, 2010

Addicted to distraction

I have just finished conducting extensive scientific experiments that required me to wear a white lab coat, to order my deformed assistant to dig up corpses from fresh graves, and to combine common household chemicals in plastic soda bottles. The result
Mad political science
By AL DIAMON  |  August 27, 2010

Walking on a rainbow

It's the message most Democratic legislative candidates don't want to find on their voicemail: "Hi, it's Libby Mitchell. I'll be in your area next week and thought it would be really great if we could campaign together."
Libby Mitchell's rose-colored glasses
By AL DIAMON  |  July 30, 2010