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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

Get it together

"Political leaders, no matter the party, often can be barometers for public sentiment."
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 30, 2011
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Can Maine's Democrats come back from the dead?

Let's skip over several huge problems the Maine Democratic Party faces as it tries to recover from its historic losses in November, when for the first time since 1964 the Republicans took control of both houses of the Legislature and the governorship.
Or have they been Republicans for too long?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 21, 2011

Less of you

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

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

Your words are not your own

Plagiarism is a serious charge.
Less Otten. More Originality.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 14, 2010


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Ted Kennedy's real record

When a 32-year incumbent seeks re-election, there is a long and well-documented record that can be examined. So it's disconcerting to note that admit all the miles of newsprint and videotape that have been expended covering the US Senate campaign, littl
A note on the 32-year-incumbent's accomplishments
By AL GIORDANO  |  August 28, 2009

Low expectations

There are some important qualities I'd like to see in the next governor of Maine. But they're all pretty boring. So let's get to what I wouldn't like to see.
Talking Politics
By AL DIAMON  |  July 03, 2009
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Judge Stephen Breyer, Bill Clinton's latest pick for the Supreme Court, has attracted support so broad that it spans ideological and political differences.  
Stephen Breyer may be the right man at the wrong time
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 05, 2009

Equal scary people

I have nothing against people who've had the misfortune of being born in other nations. Unless they're from Chad.
Should foreigners -- like folks from NH -- vote in Maine?
By AL DIAMON  |  April 10, 2009

Senator Mitchell to be Obama's mideast envoy?


The New York Times reported yesterday that former US senator George Mitchell may be Barack Obama's s...
By Jeff Inglis  |  January 19, 2009


Ridiculous and sublime

 Certainly what will stick out most in our minds are those wonderful hours late on November 4, when we hugged and cheered and attempted to get from one side of Empire to the other without spilling our beer.
Maine got stranger in 2008
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 23, 2008

Council sinks pier deal, floats arts TIF

Three pieces of big news came out of Monday's Portland City Council meeting. Make sure you stay in the loop.
City beat
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 19, 2008
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The Obama two-step

Barack Obama lost his best vice-president option when Ohio governor Ted Strickland removed himself from consideration for the number-two spot.
Now that we know for sure Obama is going to the dance, who’s he gonna bring as his partner?
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 18, 2008
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Know your superdelegates

If they choose wisely, they’ll follow the will of the people all the way into the Oval Office.
Democratic insiders in Maine and throughout the country will decide the party's nominee
By BRIDGET HUBER  |  March 12, 2008

Committee of onions and failure

To help me decide on a topic for this week’s column, I assembled a blue-ribbon commission.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 02, 2008


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The needle and the damage done

Our country’s national pastime is a game stolen from the Brits, perfected by the Cubans, Dominicans, and Japanese, and best enjoyed while eating the cuisine of the Teutons.
After the steroid debacle, how can America’s pastime possibly recover its dignity? By looking to the South African truth and reconciliation model.
By LANCE GOULD  |  December 21, 2007
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Saving a sinking waterfront

The near-identical proposals to fix up and revitalize the Maine State Pier are in as uninspiring shape as the pier itself.
Redeveloping the Maine State Pier has gone wrong from the beginning — let’s get our priorities back in order
By DEIRDRE FULTON, CHRISTOPHER GRAY, AND JEFF INGLIS  |  August 29, 2007
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‘Home team’ wins round two

In the battle for the Portland Developer Championship the score now is 1 to 1.
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By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 25, 2007
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Park it

If you believe the Portlanders who worked on the Olympia Companies proposal for redeveloping the Maine State Pier, the competition between their outfit and Ocean Properties is simple.
Both proposals for the Maine State Pier are missing something big
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 08, 2007

One day, it will please us to remember even this

Try these Maine political trivia questions on your friends.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 28, 2007


Letters to the Portland editor: December 22, 2006

What about York County?

By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  December 20, 2006
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Blown away

Jean Hay Bright tried once before to run against US Senator Olympia Snowe. Snowe's tracks: How moderate is Maine's senior senator?
Jean Hay Bright’s fight to topple a political icon
By SARA DONNELLY  |  October 18, 2006
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Six of one, 16 of another

OK, we sometimes beat up on our pals at Fountain Street, but we also tip the beret and sombrero when warranted.
When it comes to useless medical studies, let’s call the whole thing off
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  June 21, 2006
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Handicapping the GOP

Because Governor Baldacci’s poll numbers have been in the depths for over a year, three substantial Republicans are competing to take him on. Here’s the tip sheet for the June 13 GOP primary.
Who wins in a Republican primary?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 17, 2006

Rants of the Right

GOING WHERE FEW REVIEWERS DARE TO TREAD.
GOING WHERE FEW REVIEWERS DARE TO TREAD.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 01, 1900