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Can't buy me love

Even though same-sex marriage won in Maine, that doesn't mean you can jump into bed with just anybody.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  November 23, 2012

Progressives rally against rushed GOP agenda

As the rush to late-April legislative adjournment begins, much is at stake for people who want to help the needy (or are needy), or value a fair tax system, or treasure Maine's unspoiled woods and shores, or want government to be run openly — in short,
Legislative threats
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 06, 2012

All that you paid for

I've got some deals for you.
Tax dollars
By AL DIAMON  |  July 01, 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

The stain

"If the diaper fits, you must acquit." According to press accounts from 2003, that was the wording on a sign carried at a State House rally by a supporter of Republican state Representative Robert Nutting of Oakland.
The Nutting case
By AL DIAMON  |  December 03, 2010

Know what you're doing

Any idiot can be governor. I'm not saying Republican Governor-elect Paul LePage is such an idiot. But if it turns out he is, it's comforting to know that it won't make much difference.
Governors: listen to your legislators
By AL DIAMON  |  November 12, 2010


The Gaggie Awards are back

The Gaggie Awards are back. Not by popular demand. (But that's never stopped state Representative John Martin.)
Winners and fools
By AL DIAMON  |  November 05, 2010

Less of you

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

Say what you mean

I agree with Libby Mitchell.
Sign up here for the Cute Li’l Puppy Health Plan
By AL DIAMON  |  April 09, 2010
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Interview and photos: Gerard Malanga

In Walt Whitman’s notebook for the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass , he writes, “Every soul has its own individual voice.” That notion rang true for photographer/poet/filmmaker Gerard Malanga as he put together “Souls,” an exhibit of 100 portraits span
A gathering of souls
By KRISTEN GOODFRIEND  |  April 02, 2010

Operators are standing by

Here's the ugly truth about Republican 2nd District congressional candidate Jason Levesque.
Blah Blah Tourism
By AL DIAMON  |  February 05, 2010


Sins and promises

Let's suppose you wanted Maine's next governor to be somebody who'd create jobs.
Keeping tabs on the tweets of gubernatorial twits
By AL DIAMON  |  September 11, 2009

Bigger is better

You've seen those obnoxious TV ads for phony products promising "natural male enhancement." Now, here's something that does exactly the opposite.
A smaller House
By AL DIAMON  |  May 22, 2009

Light that failed

How has Maine's term-limit law, restricting legislators to eight consecutive years in office, been working since it was approved by voters in 1993?
How is Maine's term-limits law working?
By AL DIAMON  |  March 25, 2009
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Cleaning up Maine's sleaze

When tourists admire Maine's picturesque waterfronts, they aren't close enough to smell the barrels reeking with rotting lobster bait.
Politicians have left it to the people
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 18, 2009

Acid tongue

Watch your mouth.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 04, 2009


Democracy in China

That December morning in the year 2010 began oddly. The sun rose in the west. The river reversed itself and flowed upstream. The tide went out and didn't come back.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 31, 2008

Chronichitis

Many of you are suffering from a brain condition called ignorance. Others are infected with a disease called stupidity of the head.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 23, 2008

We sing, we dance, we steal things

Last week, I profiled the Democrats running for governor of Maine in 2010. Thousands were taken ill.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 26, 2008
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Maine: state of deception

Surprise! When the 2008 fiscal year ended, on June 30, the state had a General Fund surplus of $56 million, so the shortfall in reality was considerably smaller than predicted — $134 million.
How a budget surplus emerged from a back room
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 27, 2008

Everybody has the right to be wrong

The late political columnist Davis Rawson once infuriated then-Speaker of the House John Martin to the point that Maine’s most powerful politician told reporters, “Davis Rawson is a drunk and a has-been.”
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 16, 2008


A watchdog of the labyrinth

It costs Maine legislators almost a million bucks a year to hire somebody to embarrass them.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 02, 2008
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Moonbeams

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a dizzy dance of a drama, meandering mystifyingly between May Eve and Midsummer Eve under a moon that goes from new to full swifter than arrow from the Tartar’s bow.
Boston Ballet illumines George Balanchine’s  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 24, 2008

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

The ’06 Guild Follies: Queen Elizabeth rules

Yes, it’s time to read about the Providence Newspaper Guild Follies, the biggest Vo Dilun cocktail party of the year, which, naturally, is held in Massachusetts.
In singing star turn, Pina wins rare standing O
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 28, 2007

Bad history

It’s not as if Democratic state senator John Martin of Eagle Lake doesn’t have any positive qualities.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 21, 2007


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
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Tortured logic

Back in 1993, US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York wrote a famous essay, entitled “Defining Deviancy Down,” for the American Scholar .
The Bushies persist in trying to justify self-defeating behavior
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  September 20, 2006

The song remains the same



By AL DIAMON  |  January 01, 1900