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LePage and Pingree steal each other's material

Democratic US Representative Chellie Pingree does this hilarious imitation of Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage.
Look like twins
By AL DIAMON  |  October 08, 2010

Plan B(1)

With the end of the long primary campaign, Mainers are facing an ugly reality.
 Post-primary predictions
By AL DIAMON  |  June 11, 2010

Your words are not your own

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

Wrote a song for everyone

Political experts know the most important factor in a successful race for governor is the campaign song.
Name that tune
By AL DIAMON  |  May 07, 2010

A fool for everyone

Time to dispose of a few inconsequential gubernatorial candidates.
Trimming the flab from the governor's race
By AL DIAMON  |  January 22, 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


The winner and other losers

By my count, there are approximately 14,308 people running for governor of Maine.
The governor's race, brought to you by “Internet Riches Made Easy”
By AL DIAMON  |  October 09, 2009

Going Green: July 10, 2009

Maine will never be a leader in wind-energy development, says Richard Silkman, co-founder and -manager of a firm that could revolutionize the way we address energy issues in this state and throughout the region. "We missed our chance," he stated flatly
Smart solar
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 10, 2009
Sometimes I hate being right

Sometimes I hate being right


It's true that I don't usually dislike being right. But when it means the people of Maine are less i...
By Jeff Inglis  |  July 08, 2009

I've got you under my skin

The first rule for running a successful race for governor is never to say anything of substance about anything. Taking even the most innocuous of positions (Do you think Maine should have an official state skin disease?) will only cost a candidate vote
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 12, 2009

Here come the bugs

I'm not one of those people who assumes that just because somebody casually mentions they're thinking about running for governor of Maine in 2010, that they should be restrained, subjected to electro-shock therapy, and deported to someplace where they c
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 19, 2008


Plum Creek watchdog

Thanks to a Phoenix reader, Maine residents now know something the Portland Press Herald was not telling them.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 19, 2007
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Gov: Cut services while I travel overseas

Lobbyists and campaign contributors are among the private interests paying for Governor John Baldacci’s upcoming trip to Asia, though the state forbids officials from accepting gifts.
While Baldacci takes lobbyists’ money for a trip, his wife bills taxpayers
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 24, 2007
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War, peace, and Robert Pinsky

Every few years, a fall publishing season emerges that should remind us that Boston could be the literary epicenter of America.
The season's fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  September 12, 2007

Someone I used to know

Nobody can accuse Democratic 1st District congressional candidate Chellie Pingree of being blindly loyal to an old pal.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 22, 2007

Save it for the next one

If you had to come up with his name, you could always Google “governors, irrelevant.”
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 08, 2007


Always late

Once in a while, I write a column in which I don’t make any snide remarks.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 30, 2007

This could be a possibility

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about Democratic state Senator Ethan Strimling of Portland and his plans to run for the 1st Congressional District seat in 2008 (see "Scary Guy," December 15).
 Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 27, 2006

Scary guy

Three words that cause Maine Republicans to become panic-stricken and lose control of their bodily functions...
 Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 13, 2006
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Visit Maine

This past spring, blogger and free-lance Web site designer Lance Dutson was sued by the Maine Office of Tourism’s New York advertising agency, Warren Kremer Paino, for defamation because of the manner in which he criticized the agency’s promotion of Main
Tourism promotion’s cozy—and now hot—world
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 22, 2006
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Press Herald for sale?

Union officials negotiating new contracts at three Maine daily newspapers — the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram , the Waterville-based Morning Sentinel , and the Augusta-based Kennebec Journal — have begun to assume that the papers will s
Maine’s largest newspaper could have a new owner in the next two years
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 24, 2006


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The Left is reorganizing

This spring, after a vicious internecine battle, two of the state’s most successful liberal political-action groups collapsed: the Maine Citizen Leadership Fund (MCLF) and the closely allied Dirigo Alliance.
Progressives take a page from the Right
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 12, 2006

Angst by numbers

Could hordes of illegal aliens decide Maine’s gubernatorial election?
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 28, 2006

Too much posse

John Richardson has lots of friends in the Legislature. Unfortunately for him, they may be the wrong friends.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 07, 2006

You promised

Portland representative John Eder wishes he had more friends in the capitol these days. Since supposedly securing funds last March for an unprecedented “arts incubator” to support the creative economy in Portland, Eder says the state has given him the ru
Show Eder the money
By SARA DONNELLY  |  February 01, 2006
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Sticking it to political reformers

State House Dems don't get mad, they get even.
Power play gives State House Democrats control of 'nonpartisan' activist group
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 12, 2006