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LePage's secret puppeteers

It was no surprise that Governor Paul LePage would seek to reform Maine's environmental regulations.
How the governor outsourced his regulatory-reform efforts to corporate lobbyists
By COLIN WOODARD  |  February 11, 2011

A ‘moral victory’ against supermax torture

At times the legislative debate on LD 1611, the bill to limit solitary confinement of the state’s prisoners, became surreal.
Analysis
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 16, 2010
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Maine tortures women, too

The Maine Department of Corrections is an equal-opportunity torturer.
But Riverview presents an alternative
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 12, 2010
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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

Legislative battle takes shape

The list of Maine's gay-marriage bill co-sponsors — i.e. , those legislators lending the most robust support to the measure — was released last Thursday afternoon.
Gay marriage
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 18, 2009

Stuck in the middle with you

On the surface, moderation appears to be a simple concept. Avoid extremes. Seek compromise. ... It's sort of like being a hypocrite, except without most of the fun parts.
Alliance for Maine's Future thinks the Maine Legislature needs more moderates.
By AL DIAMON  |  February 25, 2009


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This woman killed tax reform

“She pulled the plug,” says Taxation Committee chairman Joseph Perry.
In the lobby
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 11, 2007

Cracks in the armor

A couple of cracks have opened in the state’s armor of prison secrecy.
Prison employee may be disciplined in suicide case; interview policy to be rewritten
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 31, 2007
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Pressure rising

Four months ago, a Phoenix investigative series revealed abuses of inmates at the “Supermax,” a 100-bed, solitary-confinement, maximum-security facility inside the Maine State Prison in Warren; since our articles were published, several important dev
Supermax torture revisited
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 23, 2006

This was always meant to fail

Maine House of Representatives candidate Peter P. Misluk Jr. of Searsmont has a dark secret  ... he’s a Democrat.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 01, 2006

Booze money

Discussing politics is a lot less fun than getting drunk. Two recent books, both collections of previously published material, demonstrate this axiom to perfection.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 19, 2006