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Indestructible machine

The weird thing about the Maine Department of Health and Human Services is not that it wastes enormous amounts of taxpayer money. It's that it doesn't have any fun doing it.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services
By AL DIAMON  |  December 23, 2011

Green light for Maine’s biggest dispensary company

It'll be a while before Portlanders with doctor's orders for medical marijuana have a local dispensary, but Northeast Patients Group may open its first facility in Thomaston in the next couple of weeks.
Marijuana Watch
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 02, 2011

All that you paid for

I've got some deals for you.
Tax dollars
By AL DIAMON  |  July 01, 2011

What's missing?

After an intense investigation into the backgrounds of Republican Governor Paul LePage's nominees for top administration posts, I've discovered an astonishing lack of diversity.
LePage's nominees
By AL DIAMON  |  January 21, 2011

Less of you

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


The term "think tank" looks as if it signifies something impressive.
A few guppies short
By AL DIAMON  |  March 19, 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

Gifts of the magi

OK, so math isn't Poliquin's strong point. And he's a little shaky on consistency. But are those minor flaws enough to convince Santa to leave coal in his stocking?
Who's on the naughty list?
By AL DIAMON  |  December 25, 2009

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

Fiction of her dreams

If you promise to read this column all the way to the end, I'll give you $50,000.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 28, 2009

Twist in my story

This is a cautionary tale about people who don’t know what they’re talking about.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 23, 2008

Trading for my sorrows

My reputation as a problem solver is a little on the shabby side.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 03, 2007

What’s wrong with healthcare in Maine?

When it comes to individuals’ health, the numbers don’t tell the whole story.
Just about everything. A “poor” woman and a “middle-class” man tell you why

And this is why you can’t have nice things

“In the next few weeks of the process, we’ll be getting the I’s dotted and the T’s crossed.”
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 17, 2007

Until there’s nothing left of us

Hey, all you Maine Republicans wallowing in self-pity, after losing the election: snap out of it.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 15, 2006
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This week marks the 25th anniversary of the discovery of AIDS, and although not a hotbed of infections, Maine and Portland were some of the first communities in the country to begin to tackle the virus.
An unhappy anniversary
By TONY GIAMPETRUZZI  |  June 07, 2006