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Indestructible machine

The weird thing about the Maine Department of Health and Human Services is not that it wastes enormous amounts of taxpayer money. It's that it doesn't have any fun doing it.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services
By AL DIAMON  |  December 23, 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

Driving in circles

I have Peter Mills's E-ZPass.
E-ZPassing
By AL DIAMON  |  April 29, 2011
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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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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