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White punks on dope

Governor Paul LePage hates white people. Not all white people, of course. Mostly white Democrats, Caucasian liberals, and honky journalists.
 Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 19, 2013

Is LePage on to something?

Governor Paul LePage may have a strategy that we should all really consider adopting in terms of interpersonal communication.
 Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  September 19, 2013

Breaking up is hard to do

Overspending. Under-spending. Spending that nobody seems to have kept track of. Lack of supervision. Too much supervision. Supervision that would have been adequate if it hadn’t been so incompetent. New rules. Old rules. Rule changes that are impossible
 Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 12, 2013

Maine’s Weak Jobs Recovery

There’s a simple reason the story of a rebounding jobs market hasn’t been told: Four years after the end of the recession, Maine’s economy is weak and its unemployment rate is high.
 One Cent's Worth
By ZACK ANCHORS  |  September 11, 2013

Doing the right thing

Ethics laws? According to knowledgeable sources, Maine legislators don’t need no stinkin’ ethics laws. Those sources should know, because they’re all former Maine legislators.
 Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 30, 2013

Ozone outrage

 Going Green
 Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 01, 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

Bad job blues

Bruce Poliquin, former state treasurer and unsuccessful candidate for governor and U.S. senator, has decided he doesn’t want to be the new chairman of the Maine Republican Party. Smart move.
 Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 18, 2013

Paul is dead

Join me on a tour through the graveyard of expired controversies. Here lie the once-contentious, now almost forgotten issues of the past.  
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  July 06, 2013

Media blackout

For an ex-reporter, gubernatorial spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett is not particularly media-savvy.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 22, 2013

A legislative decision: 86 Mainers to die by Election Day 2014

How many people will die because on June 19 Maine's Legislature refused to accept federal Obamacare funds to extend Medicaid health insurance to as many as 70,000 low-income working people?  
Death Sentences  
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 22, 2013


A look at 10 enemies of free speech and personal liberties throughout New England

Obama's longstanding lack of respect for the role of a free press in a democratic society reached new depths when it was revealed that his Justice Department had snooped on the Associated Press and Fox News' James Rosen in trying to ferret out leakers.
The 16th Annual Muzzle Awards  
By DAN KENNEDY  |  June 22, 2013

Back to basics

The past week's events in Augusta provide a teachable moment for Maine's elected officials and the public at large, on the topic of free speech.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 25, 2013

Still waiting

I hate it when politics intrudes on happy hour, but that's the price I pay for being a journalist and not having to get a real job.
Politics + other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 25, 2013

Laptop program change sets schools back 10 years

The webinar started with a five-minute effort to ensure the screen-and-audio sharing technology was actually working, punctuated by uncertainty about which representatives of which companies would be making remarks. Not an auspicious start.
Learning works
By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 04, 2013

The price you pay(1)

Politics + other mistakes
Politics + other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 27, 2013

Can I get a witness?

Remember when public appearances by elected officials were things daily-newspaper reporters went to? Times have changed.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 27, 2013

Rogues gallery

Last month, the Bangor Daily News lost its courage after an initially outstanding statewide public-records request for information on who holds permits to carry concealed weapons in Maine.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 08, 2013

Rogues gallery

Time to get your crazy on.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  March 08, 2013

School for fools

If there's one Maine institution Governor Paul LePage hates more than the state's whiny newspapers, it's public schools. And for good reason.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 15, 2013

Wrong thing to say

Consider the cases of two clueless politicians. One is a Republican who holds Maine's highest office.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 18, 2013


Governor Paul LePage famously (and perhaps in jest) threatened to punch MPBN reporter AJ Higgins in the face, back during the 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 11, 2013

Addicted to bad ideas

Solving Maine's most serious problems would be a lot easier if we could eliminate obviously unworkable solutions from the debate.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 11, 2013

Brown, ailing, to return soon

Prisoner Deane Brown should be back in Maine within two to three weeks, the Maine Department of Corrections notified his attorney on January 4.
Whistleblower Update  
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 11, 2013

A shot at progressive reform

With their sizeable majorities, the Democrats' reconquest of the Maine House and Senate could lead to a rebirth of progressive politics in the state — to reforms in health care, taxes, social services, and other issues.
But will the Dems seize the day?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 04, 2013

What to look forward to in Maine arts, culture, and politics

We're thrilled the world didn't end in 2012 — aren't you?
In with a bang
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 28, 2012


As he strode confidently to the podium to give his State of the State address, the governor surveyed the crowd with steely blue eyes set in a face just shy of being impossibly handsome because of an intriguing hint of cruelty.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 28, 2012

Last of the dinosaurs

Maybe those nutballs who claim dinosaurs and cavemen existed at the same time aren't quite as batty as the scientific evidence indicates.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 21, 2012

Something in my genes

Republican state Representative Bernard Ayotte of Caswell admits he can't help himself.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  December 14, 2012

Maine’s same-sex couples get a New Year’s present

Happy New Year, indeed. On November 6, Mainers United for Marriage celebrated as our state became the first to use a popular election to allow committed same-sex couples to receive a marriage license. On Monday, advocates cheered again, when they heard
License to Wed
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 07, 2012