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Drinking games

It's February, and time to cut loose on a ranting bender.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 08, 2013
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Inside Maine's mouth

Last summer, 29-year-old "Jane," who lives in Portland, had a serious problem involving an "old root canal gone wrong."
The state's decaying dental health
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 27, 2012

Distant view

Of all the coverage of Olympia Snowe's decision not to run for re-election this year, the Maine media should have been expected to handle it best.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 09, 2012

Question authority

Maine journalists appear to disbelieve their own eyes, decline to do their own research, and prefer to quote officials instead of relying on independent knowledge and experience.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 10, 2012

Man with a load of mischief

According to the Maine Sunday Telegram, gambling is OK in Biddeford or Washington County, but if it happens in Lewiston, it's pure evil.
Casinos: money and morals
By AL DIAMON  |  November 04, 2011

From a distance

Moosehorn Crossing is a long way from . . . well . . . pretty much anywhere.
On county government
By AL DIAMON  |  September 30, 2011


Three-city news war

The Portland Press Herald is really under the gun right now, from within and without its walls.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 23, 2011

Museum dreams

This week, we're joining a guided tour of the Maine Museum of Political Paleontology. A docent is explaining to a group of schoolchildren what's happening in a scene depicting cave people trying to register to vote.
Political Paleontology
By AL DIAMON  |  August 26, 2011

Don't do that

Republicans and libertarians share many similarities. For instance, members of both groups are generally equipped with bladders.
What the GOP, libertarians, and jellyfish have in common
By AL DIAMON  |  March 25, 2011

Stenographers

"Stenographers" is an inflammatory word to use to describe journalists, but it's the only accurate way to respond to news coverage of Paul LePage's inauguration as governor.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 14, 2011

I never promised you a rose garden

Some readers have suggested that last week's column was unfair to outgoing Democratic Governor John Baldacci. They're correct.
Baldacci's failures
By AL DIAMON  |  December 24, 2010


Walking on broken glass

There must be some kind of law that kicks in whenever a prominent politician leaves office, requiring every columnist and pundit to blather on at length about the triumphs and tragedies of that esteemed figure's checkered career.
A (very) short list of Baldacci's successes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 17, 2010

In a perfect world: Ranked-choice voting

My unbiased analysis of the 2010 Maine gubernatorial election reveals that most voters didn't want any of the candidates to win. The proof? A sizable majority voted against each of them.
Make that "fraud"
By AL DIAMON  |  November 26, 2010

Be careful what you say about Libby Mitchell

You can get in a lot of trouble if you use the words "Libby Mitchell" and "old" in the same sentence.
Old and in the way
By AL DIAMON  |  October 15, 2010

Ignorance is bliss

Maine governors do stupid things.
Social issues
By AL DIAMON  |  July 02, 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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Barring the way to public records

The Maine Legislature is considering a move that will make it more difficult for concerned citizens to find out what their government is up to.
More Government Fees
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 19, 2010

Good starts

It's a new year, and Maine journalism is worse for the battering it took in 2009. But there are some new lights appearing on the horizon that might just make things a little brighter.
Maine journalism shows some promising new lights
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 15, 2010

Nobody dies

Some things in life are essential — beer, the MLB Network, caller ID — and some things aren't — tofu, Jay Leno, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.
The Department of Economic and Community Development dodges the axe
By AL DIAMON  |  January 01, 2010

2009 had some redeeming qualities - really

Let's get serious: For many Portlanders, 2009 was a crap year.
Don’t look back in anger
By DEIRDRE FULTON AND JEFF INGLIS  |  December 25, 2009

Numbers game

If you take a close look at the latest polls, you will find that supporters and opponents of November's same-sex marriage referendum question are locked in a neck-and-neck battle.
Dead heat over Maine's same-sex marriage referendum
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 23, 2009


Hey, hey, we're the Monkees

The law of averages says if you put 100 monkeys in a room with 100 computers, they'll eventually write a workable national health-care bill. Apparently, that rule doesn't apply to 100 US senators.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 04, 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

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

Fold or float

How to save the Portland Press Herald
How to save the Portland Press Herald
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 01, 2009

Official propaganda

Isn't it sinister or at least creepy in a democracy for citizens to foot the bill for politicians and high officials to propagandize them?
Why pay for the governor's publicity machine?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 18, 2009


Folie à deux

Once upon a time in Unrealityland, there were two senators named Olympia and Susan. They were good senators, always looking out for the Unrealists' best interests.
A fairy tale about government spending
By AL DIAMON  |  March 18, 2009

Feed the animals

Nothing is more pathetic than the sight of destitute gubernatorial candidates scrounging through trash receptacles for returnable bottles and cans, sleeping in shelters, and eating in charity food kitchens.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 07, 2009

Question the answers

Lemoine is certainly not an incompetent doody-head. He’s a reckless weasel.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 17, 2008

Don't expect too much

"We think we will be paid. We think we will be paid in full."
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 12, 2008