Michael Michaud

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Great northern stomp

Democratic US Representative Michael Michaud of Maine's 2nd District regularly shows up on lists of the least effective, least powerful, least respected, and least intelligent members of Congress. So, how does Michaud keep getting re-elected by hefty ma
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 27, 2012

Drawing a line

Remain calm. You've probably heard that a special commission has failed to reach bipartisan agreement on a plan to redraw the boundary between Maine's two congressional districts in order to make their populations as close to equal as possible. Don't p
Bipartisan agreement
By AL DIAMON  |  September 09, 2011

Don't say the words

Raye is part of the moderate wing of the GOP, fiscally conservative but close to the middle on social issues.
On the campaign trail
By AL DIAMON  |  September 02, 2011

What the health-care bill really means

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed the new health-care bill into law.
Reforming the System
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 26, 2010

Don't make promises

In writing a weekly political column, you learn not to use the first paragraph to make extravagant claims you can't possibly deliver on.
Paul LePage's disastrous mistake
By AL DIAMON  |  February 26, 2010

Operators are standing by

Here's the ugly truth about Republican 2nd District congressional candidate Jason Levesque.
Blah Blah Tourism
By AL DIAMON  |  February 05, 2010

Call for health-care reform

The November 7 passage of health-care reform, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, in the House of Representatives was a very important and exciting moment for everyone who is dedicated to the idea that all Americans need and deserve access to hig
Letters to the Portland Editor, December 25, 2009
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  December 25, 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

Light that failed

How has Maine's term-limit law, restricting legislators to eight consecutive years in office, been working since it was approved by voters in 1993?
How is Maine's term-limits law working?
By AL DIAMON  |  March 25, 2009

Acid tongue

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

Here come the bugs

I'm not one of those people who assumes that just because somebody casually mentions they're thinking about running for governor of Maine in 2010, that they should be restrained, subjected to electro-shock therapy, and deported to someplace where they c
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 19, 2008

All the ugly people

Why did Maine voters give overwhelming approval to a tax-repeal referendum on Nov. 4, while simultaneously returning to office even more of the Democratic legislators who passed the unpopular tax in the first place?
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 12, 2008

Endorsements, or lack thereof

The Phoenix makes no endorsement for the United States Senate. Neither Republican Susan Collins, the incumbent, nor Democratic challenger Tom Allen would agree to talk with this paper.
The Phoenix ’s picks for this election
By PHOENIX EDITORIAL STAFF  |  October 29, 2008

Playing the angel

Former congressman David Emery’s correct in thinking that public campaign financing is a luxury the state can’t afford, but his aversion to Clean Election money seems to be more a matter of convenience than conviction.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 27, 2008

The gulf of Maine

With a massively unpopular Republican president leaving office, this year’s Senate election is a contest based on a candidate’s alignment with Bush.  
Senator Collins votes the Bush line 77 percent of the time; her challenger, Representative Allen, weighs in at 18 percent. Will these numbers decide November’s election?
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 09, 2008

Whole new ball game

John Frary is a politician in the same sense that I’m the commissioner of Major League Baseball.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 01, 2008

Letters to the Portland editor, June 20, 2008

We would like to thank and congratulate Jeff Inglis for his vivid and thoughtful account of his night in the replica of a cell from Guantánamo that was placed in Portland’s Monument Square.
Getting Michaud's record straight

A night in Guantánamo

I’d volunteered to spend the night in the replica cell (which is modeled on the ones at Gitmo) because we’ve all heard stories about unlivable conditions at Gitmo but can’t come close to imagining what it must be like.
Staying in a replica cell, with no waterboarding included
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 11, 2008

Bad words and warnings

And now, a few positive words about negative advertising.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 28, 2008

Whatchu talkin’ about?

“It’s like going through puberty again.”
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 26, 2008


Know your superdelegates

If they choose wisely, they’ll follow the will of the people all the way into the Oval Office.
Democratic insiders in Maine and throughout the country will decide the party's nominee
By BRIDGET HUBER  |  March 12, 2008

Show up and blow up

I’d like a word with the 30 percent of Maine’s adult population that never, under any circumstances, votes.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 09, 2008

D.C. wannabes

Already some candidates have come and gone, but the field remains wide open as candidates prepare for the June 2008 primaries.
Twelve people want to represent you in Washington; we explain who they are as the winnowing begins
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 26, 2007

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

Anti-activist bill backed by Collins, Allen, and Michaud

US Senator Susan Collins and both of Maine’s US representatives are backing legislation that could result in more incidents like the November 2 run-in between police and eco-activists in Greenville.
Thought police
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 14, 2007

Meanest of times

The field looks as if it’s been hit by a terrible disaster.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 07, 2007

Letters to the Portland editor: October 12, 2007

I regret that it is necessary to write today about the “virtual peace vigil” with which US Representative Tom Allen is associated.
On tom Allen's insincerity

US Rep. Allen to protestors: go directly to jail

With Allen challenging Collins, Branson wondered aloud how long Anderson’s favors would continue.
Welcome mat
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 03, 2007

Someone I used to know

Nobody can accuse Democratic 1st District congressional candidate Chellie Pingree of being blindly loyal to an old pal.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 22, 2007