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Mike Michaud

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Peace movement urges caution on Syria

 Interventions
 Interventions
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 12, 2013

Too hot to think

Last week’s sizzling weather appears to have fried the few functioning neurons in many Maine politicians’ brains. Either that, or some of them were born stupid.
 Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 25, 2013
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Michaud enters the fray, sort of

Campaign Season
Campaign Season
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 15, 2013

I don't know where I stand

When it comes to sex, there's something ambivalent about Michael Michaud. No, not that. I mean Michaud's position on abortion.
Politics + other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 04, 2013
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Wrong man for the job

You people have got to stop taking me seriously.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 15, 2013

Democrats wring their hands

Interviewed separately at the Democratic State Convention, Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud gave identical responses to the question of what would it take for the Democrats to triumph in November.
State Convention Watch
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 08, 2012


Fader in the middle

Time for political trivia. For each correct answer, treat yourself to a beer.
Political trivia
By AL DIAMON  |  February 24, 2012

White House pans SOPA

Maine's congressional delegation appears to be in a holding pattern while attempting to form positions on two bills that address widespread copyright and trademark violations via the Internet.
Online Freedom
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 20, 2012

Twenty years on

There are topics that are even more boring than a columnist writing about how long he's been a columnist.
Looking back on two decades of columns
By AL DIAMON  |  November 18, 2011

Maine sneaker-maker could provide military footwear

As the only remaining manufacturer of athletic shoes in the United States — with three factories in Maine and two in Massachusetts — New Balance wants government assurance that military servicemembers wear American-made sneakers, not ones that are made
Born in the USA
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 23, 2011

Marriage madness

Around 300 BC, the Greek dramatist Menander wrote something that, roughly translated, reads, "Marriage, to tell the truth, is an evil, but it is a necessary evil."
The homophobe agenda
By AL DIAMON  |  July 22, 2011


Flotsam and jetsam

The list of young Maine politicians with serious prospects of someday being elected to higher office is shorter than Governor Paul LePage's temper.
LePage’s temper
By AL DIAMON  |  March 04, 2011

Out of ideas

I'm trying to help the Maine Democratic Party by coming up with a slogan for its big comeback attempt in the 2012 election.
Lending a hand to the Maine Democratic Party
By AL DIAMON  |  February 11, 2011

Celebrity gossip

In the final days of a tight gubernatorial race, the campaigns tend to get desperate, then frantic, then crazy. That progression leads to increasingly wacky attacks on the opposition, few of which turn out to be true, although many of them ought to be.
Candidates in their final, desperate moments
By AL DIAMON  |  October 29, 2010

Quick reminders for last-minute voters

Last week, we issued our endorsements for several races and ballot issues. If you just want a quick handy refresher, here's a list of the Portland Phoenix 's endorsements.
Endorsements
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 29, 2010
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Cutler for Governor

We've said before that it's time for change in Augusta.
Endorsements
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2010


Over before it started

It's finished. The gubernatorial candidates can cancel all remaining campaign appearances.
Cancel the campaigns
By AL DIAMON  |  October 01, 2010

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

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


Acid tongue

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

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
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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