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Liquored up + lacquered down

It's possible that every member of the 125th Maine Legislature is dead drunk.
Maine's senators need to sober up
By AL DIAMON  |  June 24, 2011

Driving in circles

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

Setting the stage for November

It's been more than a week since the June 8 primary election, which saw Republican PAUL LEPAGE (Waterville mayor and Marden's exec) beat a large field of better-financed competitors, and LIBBY MITCHELL (state senate president) pull out ahead of the D
Post-primary musings
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 18, 2010

Plan B(1)

With the end of the long primary campaign, Mainers are facing an ugly reality.
 Post-primary predictions
By AL DIAMON  |  June 11, 2010

Secret desires

Everywhere I go, people keep asking me, “Who’s going to win the election?” Often, my answer depends on my mood (which ranges from bad to horrendous).
Who's going to win the election?
By AL DIAMON  |  June 04, 2010
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Take this to the polls

Our endorsements for the June 8 elections
Endorsements
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 04, 2010


Wrote a song for everyone

Political experts know the most important factor in a successful race for governor is the campaign song.
Name that tune
By AL DIAMON  |  May 07, 2010

Gonna change directions

That’s not intended as a negative reflection on the Son of God, who can’t be held responsible for the deficiencies in Beardsley’s early campaign style.
Jesus didn’t help Bill Beardsley.
By AL DIAMON  |  April 16, 2010

A fool for everyone

Time to dispose of a few inconsequential gubernatorial candidates.
Trimming the flab from the governor's race
By AL DIAMON  |  January 22, 2010
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Instead of cuts: guts

Let’s assume, reader, that you’re concerned about economic and social justice. For those in real need — people who are poor, sick, old, mentally ill, addicted, disabled — you want decent care. You’re concerned, too, about proper funding of schools, commu
Raise taxes on the rich? Only one candidate says ‘yes’?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 08, 2010

Orthodox caveman

Wanted: a right-wing wacko to run for governor of Maine.
Maine’s GOP is suffering from a muddle in the middle
By AL DIAMON  |  October 16, 2009


Sins and promises

Let's suppose you wanted Maine's next governor to be somebody who'd create jobs.
Keeping tabs on the tweets of gubernatorial twits
By AL DIAMON  |  September 11, 2009

Stickin' it to the poor

The Maine Heritage Policy Center, a right-wing Portland think tank, has been bragging in news releases about how state leaders have followed its advice, approving a two-year state-government budget that, among other cuts, slashes school aid, programs fo
Right wing celebrates state budget
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 05, 2009
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Having it Both Ways

 For years, Democratic Governor John Baldacci, governors before him, and many legislators have made job creation their loudest mantra. “Jobs!” echoes under Augusta’s State House dome as the rationale for cutting taxes and expenses (services) and increasi
Should we blame Baldacci now?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 05, 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
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The wrong man for hard times

Most Democrats see Barack Obama’s inauguration as a clear-cut, welcome turn to the left.
State House Democrats need to stand up to the governor
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 04, 2009


Feed the animals

Nothing is more pathetic than the sight of destitute gubernatorial candidates scrounging through trash receptacles for returnable bottles and cans, sleeping in shelters, and eating in charity food kitchens.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 07, 2009

We sing, we dance, we steal things

Last week, I profiled the Democrats running for governor of Maine in 2010. Thousands were taken ill.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 26, 2008
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Falling down

Critics of the state Department of Corrections say the hostage-taking last June at the Maine State Prison dramatically illustrates that the concrete, high-tech lockup in Warren is showing cracks from stress on the prison guards.
Mistreatment of Maine prison guards lands heavily on inmates
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 05, 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
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Baldacci raids the cookie jar

Under the American system of government, the legislative branch is supposed to decide how your tax money is spent, but . . .  
The governor’s secret Dirigo Health bailout
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 15, 2008


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Corporate welfare state

In 2006, state lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to give away millions of tax dollars a year for decades to some of Maine’s biggest corporations.
A little change in the tax law with big consequences
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 20, 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
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Everyone’s a neocon now

In the eight years I’ve covered the State House for the Portland Phoenix, I’ve been struck by the depressingly constant themes.
Looking back on state politics — and forward
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 21, 2007
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Stabbed in the back

Right now, a bewildered Mark Cible is on a nightmarish journey through some of America’s most violent prisons.
Officials reward a prison hero by endangering his life
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 12, 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


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This woman killed tax reform

“She pulled the plug,” says Taxation Committee chairman Joseph Perry.
In the lobby
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 11, 2007
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Prisoners as commodities

If Baldacci goes around the Legislature with an emergency order, a big division could open between the governor and the Legislature.
Critics slam Governor Baldacci’s plan to ship Maine inmates out of state to a for-profit company
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 25, 2007

Cracks in the armor

A couple of cracks have opened in the state’s armor of prison secrecy.
Prison employee may be disciplined in suicide case; interview policy to be rewritten
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 31, 2007
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Maine’s most massive screw-ups in 2006

2006, we’re going to miss you.
Stuff that just should never have happened
By JEFF INGLIS AND SARA DONNELLY  |  December 20, 2006