Ethan Strimling

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What we learned from the race

As of last Tuesday, Portland has its first elected mayor in many decades; Michael Brennan will take office December 5 and serve a four-year term.
Mayoral Aftermath
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 18, 2011

Voting sustainable

Among the new mayor's responsibilities will be increasing energy efficiency in city buildings, managing and advocating for local alternative transit priorities, and setting an example regarding eco-friendliness.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 28, 2011

Mayors, media, masses

Portland's 15 mayoral candidates are missing an opportunity to connect with the people, both directly and through the media, by failing to publicize their support for OccupyMaine.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 21, 2011

Stranger than known

In politics, things don't have to make sense. If they did, there'd be no excuse for the Tea Party, Democrat Jon Hinck's US Senate campaign, or Republican State Committee chairman Charlie Webster's existence.
Political nonsense
By AL DIAMON  |  September 23, 2011

Museum dreams

This week, we're joining a guided tour of the Maine Museum of Political Paleontology. A docent is explaining to a group of schoolchildren what's happening in a scene depicting cave people trying to register to vote.
Political Paleontology
By AL DIAMON  |  August 26, 2011

20 questions about Portland's upcoming mayoral election

With three months until Portland's first mayoral election in more than 80 years, and two weeks until candidates are required to hand in the 300 signatures that will reserve them each a place on the ballot, a whopping 19 people have thrown their hats into
Rising from the masses
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 12, 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

Spookin' the horses

Move over, Freddy Krueger. Here come the real scary monsters: Libby Mitchell and Paul LePage.
Scary trumps stupid every time
By AL DIAMON  |  June 18, 2010

Same-sex marriage

From the podium at EqualityMaine's 25th anniversary dinner last Saturday night, former state senator Ethan Strimling posed a question to the 630 people in attendance: If gay marriage were allowed in Maine, how many of you would tie the knot?  
Fighting for a basic civil right without repeating other states' mistakes
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 25, 2009

Falling down

Critics of the state Department of Corrections say the hostage-taking last June at the Maine State Prison dramatically illustrates that the concrete, high-tech lockup in Warren is showing cracks from stress on the prison guards.
Mistreatment of Maine prison guards lands heavily on inmates
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 05, 2008

Scars and souvenirs

The campaign is over. Now for the fun stuff.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 05, 2008

They call me Mr. Lucky

Nominations are now open for the 2008 award for most politically inept person in Maine.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 16, 2008

Flavors of entanglement

Dear S. Donald Sussman: Please send me a million bucks.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 25, 2008

And the award goes to...

The Gaggie Awards are back.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 11, 2008

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


Corporate welfare state

In 2006, state lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to give away millions of tax dollars a year for decades to some of Maine’s biggest corporations.
A little change in the tax law with big consequences
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 20, 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

Tear me apart

Are people in southern Maine finally smartening up?
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 12, 2007

Elect the dead

Before they can be taken seriously, candidates for Congress ought to meet certain stringent criteria. Such as: having a pulse.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 28, 2007

Stay away from me, baby

Imagine a Maine in which almost everybody is over the age of 40.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 14, 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

Genuine sense of outrage

Democratic US Representative Tom Allen is being accused by editorial writers and other whack jobs of demeaning the political process.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 29, 2007

Did she jump or was she pushed?

There's stuff that's illegal, but not necessarily unethical.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 02, 2007

Civil-liberties tug-of-war

An amazing thing about legislative bodies is their ability to take stands on just about anything.
State politicians take a national stand
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 20, 2007

This is Radio Clash

Portland state senator Ethan Strimling has caught some flack for his decision to continue working as a talk-show host on WGAN radio.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 13, 2007

Activist says legalize all drugs, not just medical marijuana

Peter Christ wants to legalize drugs.
Pot luck
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 18, 2007

Do nothing till you hear from me

The Legislature is, by design, a mess.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 11, 2007

Warning label

Does your state suffer from a plague of politicians complaining about high taxes?
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 04, 2007