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Congress is wrecked

We know Congress is broken. Really broken. Health care, immigration, civil rights. But many of us on the outside don't know just how badly broken it is, and we have only vague spectator ideas of how to fix it. What we do know is what we want, which is r
Olympia Snowe and Tom Allen explain what's really wrong and how to fix it
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 08, 2013

Diamon Flip-Flops

If Al Diamon wants to break down the political and other mistakes of the 21st century, he could include a few of his own.
 Letters to the Portland Editor, January 15, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 15, 2010

Ridiculous and sublime

 Certainly what will stick out most in our minds are those wonderful hours late on November 4, when we hugged and cheered and attempted to get from one side of Empire to the other without spilling our beer.
Maine got stranger in 2008
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 23, 2008

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

Scars and souvenirs

The campaign is over. Now for the fun stuff.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 05, 2008


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

The gulf of Maine

With a massively unpopular Republican president leaving office, this year’s Senate election is a contest based on a candidate’s alignment with Bush.  
Senator Collins votes the Bush line 77 percent of the time; her challenger, Representative Allen, weighs in at 18 percent. Will these numbers decide November’s election?
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 09, 2008

But before Nader, another third-party candidate

Yes, Ralph Nader's in town tonight, as Deirdre noted earlier.  But a couple hours earlier, at 5...
By Jeff Inglis  |  October 06, 2008

Teachers back Allen, but only because he's a Dem

Back in July, the Maine Education Association - the 25,000-member union representing Maine's teacher...
By Jeff Inglis  |  September 30, 2008


After leaving daily newspapers, where do journalists go?
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 25, 2008

Privacy invasion

Let’s talk about Susan Collins’s sex life.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 27, 2008

Letters to the Portland Editor, August 29, 2008

I am writing about torture around the world that I think is related to possible torture in Maine prisons.
Collins backs torture

Portland City Council highlights water needs

City councilor Dave Marshall will speak at this Wednesday’s farmers’ market in Monument Square about the importance of creating a national water trust fund.
Water ways
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 20, 2008

Hey Tom Allen, the answer is Yes

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee just sent us a quick note saying they had a bunch of vi...
By Jeff Inglis  |  August 19, 2008

A night in Guantánamo

I’d volunteered to spend the night in the replica cell (which is modeled on the ones at Gitmo) because we’ve all heard stories about unlivable conditions at Gitmo but can’t come close to imagining what it must be like.
Staying in a replica cell, with no waterboarding included
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 11, 2008

Collins sides with Big Oil

US Senator Susan Collins, who is running for re-election this fall, voted today to continue massive ...
By Jeff Inglis  |  June 10, 2008

Kooks on parade

Don’t vote for kooks.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 04, 2008

Tom Allen, once arrogant, is now getting downright cocky

First, Congressman Tom Allen refused to debate his opponent in the Democratic primary, Tom Ledue, in...
By Jeff Inglis  |  June 01, 2008

Top 10 questions for Maine voters

Here are the top 10 stories and storylines shaping Maine's primary season.
The issues that define the primary campaign
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 28, 2008

Bad words and warnings

And now, a few positive words about negative advertising.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 28, 2008

Study this

Politics and other mistakes
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 21, 2008

Twisted debate

Perhaps you didn’t even know Allen has a challenger in his bid to take on Republican US Senator Susan Collins in November.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 07, 2008

Tell it to the judge(s)

Bangor Six supporters held a rally on Tuesday outside the Penobscot County Courthouse
Bangor Six activists rally; pot boosters to gather in Monument Square
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 30, 2008

Twist in my story

This is a cautionary tale about people who don’t know what they’re talking about.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 23, 2008

A brief for independents

May I offer a brief for independent candidacies for US Senate and House seats based on my experience as an independent 2006 Senate candidate?
Letters to the Portland editor: March 21, 2008


Know your superdelegates

If they choose wisely, they’ll follow the will of the people all the way into the Oval Office.
Democratic insiders in Maine and throughout the country will decide the party's nominee
By BRIDGET HUBER  |  March 12, 2008

The outsiders

Just a few months ago, the story-line of Maine’s 2008 US Senate race seemed inevitable.
None of Maine’s indy candidates can win a seat in the US Senate, but they will have a say in who does
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 05, 2008

D.C. wannabes

Already some candidates have come and gone, but the field remains wide open as candidates prepare for the June 2008 primaries.
Twelve people want to represent you in Washington; we explain who they are as the winnowing begins
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 26, 2007

Tear me apart

Are people in southern Maine finally smartening up?
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 12, 2007