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Framing Charlie

"The senator wasn't cut out for crime. He was the kind of man who'd use vanity plates on a getaway car."
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 05, 2012

Flunking out

I'm surprised Republican Governor Paul LePage hasn't stumbled over the obvious solution to reforming Maine's education system.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  August 17, 2012

Twenty years on

There are topics that are even more boring than a columnist writing about how long he's been a columnist.
Looking back on two decades of columns
By AL DIAMON  |  November 18, 2011

How they hate him

Republican Governor Paul LePage has every right to be angry at Maine journalists for depicting him as a clueless buffoon with the political skills of a rabies-maddened raccoon and the public-relations prowess of day-old bait.
LePage vs. The Media Alliance to Ridicule, Degrade, and Eviscerate Normal Society
By AL DIAMON  |  August 12, 2011

Strange bedfellows

It doesn't get weirder than this. A liberal Democrat from California wants to help conservative Republicans in Maine find somebody to run against moderate GOP US Senator Olympia Snowe.
Grossman conspires with wingnuts
By AL DIAMON  |  June 03, 2011

I can't recall

“I can think of no single measure that would do more to strengthen the credibility of state government than . . . the institution of recall.”
Maine's mixed history with recall efforts
By AL DIAMON  |  April 15, 2011


Lie to me

If Paul LePage's wife asked him, "Do these pants make my butt look big?" he'd probably answer, "Yeah, you look like you've got twin entrants in a giant pumpkin contest dragging around behind you."
LePage's brutal honesty
By AL DIAMON  |  December 31, 2010

Second choice

The word "instant" makes me suspicious.
The ills of instant-runoff voting
By AL DIAMON  |  January 29, 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

Back to black

It’s time to get state finances out of the red.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 23, 2008
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Everyone’s a neocon now

In the eight years I’ve covered the State House for the Portland Phoenix, I’ve been struck by the depressingly constant themes.
Looking back on state politics — and forward
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 21, 2007


How we operate

The Maine Legislature runs like a finely tuned automobile.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 10, 2007