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Less of you

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

Setting the stage for November

It's been more than a week since the June 8 primary election, which saw Republican PAUL LEPAGE (Waterville mayor and Marden's exec) beat a large field of better-financed competitors, and LIBBY MITCHELL (state senate president) pull out ahead of the D
Post-primary musings
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 18, 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

Secret desires

Everywhere I go, people keep asking me, “Who’s going to win the election?” Often, my answer depends on my mood (which ranges from bad to horrendous).
Who's going to win the election?
By AL DIAMON  |  June 04, 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


Gonna change directions

That’s not intended as a negative reflection on the Son of God, who can’t be held responsible for the deficiencies in Beardsley’s early campaign style.
Jesus didn’t help Bill Beardsley.
By AL DIAMON  |  April 16, 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

Mean everything to nothing

My favorite movie-advertising phrase is "based on a true story." Translated into English, it means: "more or less, a big fat lie."
True tax stories
By AL DIAMON  |  January 15, 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

Orthodox caveman

Wanted: a right-wing wacko to run for governor of Maine.
Maine’s GOP is suffering from a muddle in the middle
By AL DIAMON  |  October 16, 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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They wanna be governor

In our typical Portland Phoenix format, here’s a one-by-one look at all the folks who claim they want to be Maine’s next governor. (In our book, anyone crazy enough to say they want that job probably has done something to karmically deserve it.)
Primary Election 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 01, 1900