Maine Supreme Judicial Court

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I can't recall

“I can think of no single measure that would do more to strengthen the credibility of state government than . . . the institution of recall.”
Maine's mixed history with recall efforts
By AL DIAMON  |  April 15, 2011

Foolish dreams

There’s nothing in the Maine Democratic Party’s platform about free beer.
Maine Democratic Party offers a lot of freebies, beer is not one of them
By AL DIAMON  |  May 28, 2010

Less than equal

This story has a bias. It’s in favor of human rights for all people.
 State officials, including prejudiced human-rights commissioners, block inmate complaints
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 02, 2009

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

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

Acid tongue

Watch your mouth.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 04, 2009


Kicking the bottle

As several Maine towns battle the plans of Poland Spring to expand water-pumping operations across the state, a group of water-rights activists will bring the issue to Portland this Saturday.
Water supply
By BRIDGET HUBER  |  November 26, 2008

Lost in the sound of separation

While it’s true that candidates’ falsehoods, fibs, and fabrications make a columnist’s job easier, I could still eke out a living even if every politician in Maine suddenly became a fountain of factuality.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 29, 2008

No rules

The state of Maine doesn’t give away money. Except for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Economic Development, and the state treasurer.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 25, 2008

The mentally ill, criminalized

She is afraid he will continue to be kept in the Supermax, which will make him worse, she says.
Common nonsense
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 10, 2008

They call me Mr. Lucky

Nominations are now open for the 2008 award for most politically inept person in Maine.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 16, 2008

Man of mischief

Let’s see if I can fill a whole column by making jokes about violent sex offenders.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 02, 2008

The 11th Annual Muzzle Awards

Freedom of expression may be guaranteed by the Constitution. But it’s an idea we have to fight for every day.
Silencing free speech
By DAN KENNEDY  |  June 25, 2008

Shields up

Reporters around the state should mark two dates on their calendars.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 07, 2008

Gov’t secrecy is fine with Maine’s attorney general

Democratic Attorney General Steven Rowe, is refusing to defend the state’s Freedom of Access Act.
Freedom watch
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 10, 2007

Mentally ill inmate gets care, despite state's objections

The guards “tortured me there,” he said, adding that he got “zero” mental-health treatment in prison.
Prison watch
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 08, 2007


The 10th Annual Muzzle Awards

Mitt Romney will say or do anything if he thinks it will help him become president.
Silencing free speech
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2007

Waves of activism

The three federal consent decrees were a product of Maine’s previous wave of prisoner-rights activism — more than 35 years ago.

By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 27, 2007

Bad history

It’s not as if Democratic state senator John Martin of Eagle Lake doesn’t have any positive qualities.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 21, 2007

E-ZPass on ethics

On June 20, the Maine Turnpike Authority’s five top executives and four of their consultants had one of their “management dinners,” which the authority has held every month or so for eight years.
Turnpike executives cruise past the state’s ethics rules
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 03, 2006

Augusta vs. Constitution

The Maine Civil Liberties Union has stepped in on behalf of capital-city citizens in a court battle against the Augusta City Council concerning First Amendment rights of citizens to petition the government.
Redress of grievances
By KIRSTEN TERRY  |  July 26, 2006

The restoration of chaos and order

The inmates have taken over the asylum. Go, inmates.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 24, 2006
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Election watch

The incumbent will not be running for the Maine Senate District 9 seat in November, as 2004 winner Michael Brennan is bowing out two years ahead of his term-limit requirement.
No incumbent, no Green
By ERIK EISELE  |  May 10, 2006