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Bruce almighty

I'm writing this before it's officially decided whether State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin qualified as a US Senate candidate for the Republican primary in June.
Will Bruce Poliquin make the ballot?
By AL DIAMON  |  March 23, 2012
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Many Turnpike Authority enablers still in power

Five years ago this week the Portland Phoenix published an exposé of the Maine Turnpike Authority executives' lavish lifestyle.
Five years on
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 05, 2011

Paid to play

A majority of respondents said being paid to convince elected officials how to vote is the world's least respectable occupation — except for actually being an elected official.
Everybody hates lobbyists
By AL DIAMON  |  July 29, 2011
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The LePage Files

Confidential administration dossiers show Governor Paul LePage crafted significant portions of his regulatory reform agenda by literally copying and pasting passages from the memos his staff received from corporate lobbyists and their clients, turning sw
Confidential administration dossiers show governor is skilled at copying corporate and lobbyist wish lists
By COLIN WOODARD  |  July 22, 2011

All that you paid for

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

Big man got the money

Until now, being state treasurer was like being a septic tank. Both attract attention only when something goes wrong.
State treasurers
By AL DIAMON  |  June 17, 2011


Driving in circles

I have Peter Mills's E-ZPass.
E-ZPassing
By AL DIAMON  |  April 29, 2011
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As gas prices go up, a public transit bill gains speed

Every day, thousands of workers in who live in the Lewiston-Auburn region — where real estate is more affordable — get in their cars and drive to Portland — where there are more jobs.
Conservative commute
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 25, 2011

The road goes on forever

If the Maine Turnpike Authority were a country, it'd be North Korea.
Maine Turnpike Authority's totalitarian rule
By AL DIAMON  |  March 11, 2011

The 'Urban and Rural' plan

How’s this for a sobering statistic: by 2035, Mainers will be spending 50 percent more time in our cars.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 16, 2010

Road to riches

The Maine Turnpike Authority wants to pay between $34 million and $56 million to build a new toll plaza in York. Don't let that huge price tag fool you.
The Pike gouges
By AL DIAMON  |  November 20, 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
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Cleaning up Maine's sleaze

When tourists admire Maine's picturesque waterfronts, they aren't close enough to smell the barrels reeking with rotting lobster bait.
Politicians have left it to the people
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 18, 2009

Turnpike tolls go up - again

As if living in Maine wasn't expensive enough, on Sunday, tolls on the Maine Turnpike will increase for the second time in four years, and a year earlier than originally planned.
Cost of living
By KATRINA BOTELHO + JEFF INGLIS  |  January 28, 2009

Way to normal

No offense, but you're totally unqualified to decide who my wife's boss is.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 10, 2008

Road hog

I got the idea for this week's column from somebody I was talking to on the phone a couple of months ago. Trouble is, I can't remember who.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 03, 2008


Scars and souvenirs

The campaign is over. Now for the fun stuff.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 05, 2008

Beatin’ the odds

Imagine this: A developer suddenly shows up in your rundown little town and announces plans for a multi-million-dollar project.  
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 16, 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
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Everyone’s a neocon now

In the eight years I’ve covered the State House for the Portland Phoenix, I’ve been struck by the depressingly constant themes.
Looking back on state politics — and forward
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 21, 2007
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Gov: Cut services while I travel overseas

Lobbyists and campaign contributors are among the private interests paying for Governor John Baldacci’s upcoming trip to Asia, though the state forbids officials from accepting gifts.
While Baldacci takes lobbyists’ money for a trip, his wife bills taxpayers
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 24, 2007


The highway kind

For critics of government excess, the Maine Turnpike Authority is a big target. You can even see it from outer space.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 17, 2007
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Ethics update

Fewer than half of 126 quasi-governmental state agencies say they have ethics rules.
Long state-agency hangover from that $295 bottle of wine
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 28, 2007
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Maine’s most massive screw-ups in 2006

2006, we’re going to miss you.
Stuff that just should never have happened
By JEFF INGLIS AND SARA DONNELLY  |  December 20, 2006
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Funny numbers

Maine spends more than two million dollars a year advertising our scenery to out-of-staters. Visit Maine: Tourism promotion’s cozy—and now hot—world. By Lance Tapley
It’s not Maine, it’s the ads about Maine that bring tourists here
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 20, 2006
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Law to address state ethics shortcomings

Three weeks after the Portland Phoenix first reported that Maine Turnpike Authority officials had been treated to a $1342 dinner at a posh Portland restaurant, Governor John Baldacci has asked all so-called “independent” state agencies to adopt a co
Baldacci responds to abuses first revealed in the Phoenix
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 23, 2006


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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
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Bus stopped

It is a bit dismaying that public transportation gets so little consideration here, particularly in Portland and its environs, where the buses are frequent and plentiful enough to make them a viable transportation choice.
Portland's public transit system gets around. So why are we still so tied to our cars?
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  April 12, 2006