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Dirty money

As I walked down the corridors of the Ralph Owen Brewster Hospice for Decaying Political Ideals, there were no indications of despair, pain, or misery.
In memory of Brewster
By AL DIAMON  |  August 05, 2011
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Maine Maple Sunday celebrates the changing of seasons

A cold wind made it feel more like winter than spring this weekend, but the steam pouring out of the sugarhouse means that spring is definitely here.
Liquid spring
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  April 01, 2011

Vote for casinos in Maine

If you're opposed to casinos in Maine, there's one way to make certain the state won't be overrun with noxious gambling emporiums sucking up every dollar of disposable income we have left: vote in favor of every single one of them.
Hit the jackpot
By AL DIAMON  |  October 22, 2010

Portland Phoenix Endorsements: 2010 referenda

Yep, you have to answer a lot of questions in the voting booth this year. Here's what they're about, and how we think you should vote on them.
Endorsements
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2010

Future wounds

Welcome to the 2009 post-election trauma center.
Brains, spines, and guts wanted
By AL DIAMON  |  November 13, 2009

All the right wrongs

With the end of another campaign season, it’s time to recognize those who may not have been successful in influencing voters, but were clear winners in eliciting derisive snorts.
The 2009 Gaggie Awards for Political Cluelessness
By AL DIAMON  |  November 06, 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

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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The plebiscites

Olympia has promised to spend at least $112 million developing a large casino-resort-hotel, likely somewhere in the town of Oxford, roughly an hour’s drive north of Portland.
There are three referendum questions all Maine voters must consider on Election Day.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 29, 2008

Letters to the Portland editor: October 31, 2008

We have several great colleges and universities in this area graduating hundreds of highly educated professionals each year. However, we continuously fail to retain these talented young people because we don’t have jobs to keep them here.
Get creative
By  |  October 29, 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

Everybody has the right to be wrong

The late political columnist Davis Rawson once infuriated then-Speaker of the House John Martin to the point that Maine’s most powerful politician told reporters, “Davis Rawson is a drunk and a has-been.”
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 16, 2008
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Jackpot

Three years ago, state government hired Scientific Games Corporation, its long-time lottery contractor, to monitor the slot-machine receipts at the state’s first casino.
Why is the state's gambling watchdog getting a bite of slot-machine profits?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 06, 2007

Until there’s nothing left of us

Hey, all you Maine Republicans wallowing in self-pity, after losing the election: snap out of it.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 15, 2006

Close to the edge

The last time Republicans won control of both chambers of the Maine Legislature, the country was engaged in an unpopular foreign war, Washington was on the verge of a major scandal, Congress was meddling with social issues, and the vice-president was cal
Politics and Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 25, 2006