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Maine Heritage Policy Center

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Freedom ain’t free

I never knew the Maine Heritage Policy Center was such a fan of former Democratic governor John Baldacci.
 Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 06, 2013

Three-city news war

The Portland Press Herald is really under the gun right now, from within and without its walls.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 23, 2011
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How the GOP rammed through huge changes in Maine’s health-care system

When Governor Paul LePage boarded a plane for an unscheduled Jamaican vacation in early April, Maine moderates and progressives breathed a sigh of relief.
Republicans unleashed
By COLIN WOODARD  |  June 03, 2011
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Back from vacation

Governor Paul LePage recently returned from a Jamaican vacation, which provided fodder for some political controversy, and probably helped him avoid getting into new messes.
Gubernatorial Scorecard
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 06, 2011
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Progressive nightmare

The sky is actually falling for Maine progressives, whose core values are under attack in Augusta.
With their values under attack, many Mainers view this legislative session as the stuff of bad dreams
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 18, 2011
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Can Maine's Democrats come back from the dead?

Let's skip over several huge problems the Maine Democratic Party faces as it tries to recover from its historic losses in November, when for the first time since 1964 the Republicans took control of both houses of the Legislature and the governorship.
Or have they been Republicans for too long?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 21, 2011


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Looking back on 2010: Maine goes red

There were big wins, big defeats, encouraging signs, and disappointments. Here's a look at what Maine enjoyed — and endured — in 2010.
Republicans take over Augusta, Portland cops go online, gay rights stay center stage, and more!
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 24, 2010

Blue city in a red state

Maine changed last Tuesday. By a slim margin, citizens voted to send Tea Party-backed Paul LePage to the Blaine House next year.
Election wrap-up
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 12, 2010

A call to action

In this campaign season of railing against government and the status quo, do you actually know much about all the different things your government does?
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 04, 2010

Tanked

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


Future wounds

Welcome to the 2009 post-election trauma center.
Brains, spines, and guts wanted
By AL DIAMON  |  November 13, 2009
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The 12th Annual Muzzle Awards

With the era of repression and secrecy fostered by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney finally over, this should be the best of times for freedom of expression, open government, and civil liberties. Yet change comes slowly.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2009

Stickin' it to the poor

The Maine Heritage Policy Center, a right-wing Portland think tank, has been bragging in news releases about how state leaders have followed its advice, approving a two-year state-government budget that, among other cuts, slashes school aid, programs fo
Right wing celebrates state budget
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 05, 2009

Here it comes again

Is it possible to tax stupidity? If so, Maine could generate enough revenue to eliminate the income tax, property tax, excise tax, inheritance tax, and sales tax.
Gov. Baldacci's stupid approach to tax reform.
By AL DIAMON  |  March 04, 2009

I wanna know all about you

Here at the Hernia Hill Institute of Unquantifiable Econometrics and Daytime Drinking, internationally renowned scholars are constantly thinking about Maine's fiscal crisis. Except during happy hour.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 18, 2009


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The wrong man for hard times

Most Democrats see Barack Obama’s inauguration as a clear-cut, welcome turn to the left.
State House Democrats need to stand up to the governor
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 04, 2009
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Baldacci raids the cookie jar

Under the American system of government, the legislative branch is supposed to decide how your tax money is spent, but . . .  
The governor’s secret Dirigo Health bailout
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 15, 2008

Inarticulate speech of the heart

Incoherent politicians are as common as criminals. Although not quite as beneficial to society.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 05, 2007

Genuine sense of outrage

Democratic US Representative Tom Allen is being accused by editorial writers and other whack jobs of demeaning the political process.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 29, 2007

Did she jump or was she pushed?

There's stuff that's illegal, but not necessarily unethical.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 02, 2007


Suspended animation

Cue the ominous music.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 02, 2007
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Right-wing think tank makes argument for socialism

The conservative Portland-based Maine Heritage Policy Center wonks try so hard to revile everything public and praise everything private that they risk tripping over their floppy bow ties.
Confusion
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 25, 2007

Letters to the Portland editor: February 2, 2007

In addition to my flip comment that I personally didn’t have a clue about how to solve the horrific human tragedy we call the Iraq War, I provided Sara Donnelly with several comments in our ten-minute conversation that were constructive potential solutio
Peace needs our help
By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  January 31, 2007

We don’t need to whisper

My New Year’s resolutions.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 03, 2007

Honky tonk blues

Where can I find a good bar?
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 23, 2006


Something’s always wrong

The Maine Heritage Policy Center could find bad news in free beer.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 17, 2006
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Dirigo at the crossroads

Joe Ditre, head of Consumers for Affordable Health Care in Augusta, is upset.
Will Anthem get to have its cake and eat it too? Will Dirigo survive?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 19, 2006