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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
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Preparing for June 8

Stuckey vs. Vincent, Capron vs. Sharif, and Barkley vs. Dini
Candidate breakdown for districts 114. 116, and 119
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 28, 2010
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Pot bill progresses in Augusta

At the end of February, Topsham became the latest Maine community to consider moratoriums on medical-marijuana dispensaries in the wake of last November's election.
C'Mon Doc ...
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 12, 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

Look for activist postcards on First Friday and beyond

Approximately 1300 people in Maine live with HIV/AIDS, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.
AIDS Art Action
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 06, 2009

Road hog

You probably live on a lousy road.
Bulldozing the Maine Better Transportation Association
By AL DIAMON  |  October 23, 2009


Do state officials know best?

Like when the country goes to war, most news reports of how state government is handling the H1N1 “swine flu” crisis have just repeated what officials have said.
Politicians' swine
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 08, 2009
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Dodging shots

In politics, and with the media, it's the outcome, and not the intention, that matters. That's fortunate for Senator Susan Collins, who got lucky twice in the same week.

By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 08, 2009

Art for art's sake

Apparently, I'm one of those artist-types. Except it's not called "artist" anymore. That term is too, well ... artsy-fartsy. It doesn't adequately convey my critical importance to society.
The creative economy
By AL DIAMON  |  May 01, 2009

Going to pot

The state's medical-marijuana laws, which govern how patients can access pot for medical purposes, is on the brink of significant change.
State medical marijuana law advances
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 17, 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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What's wrong with Augusta?

Charlie Colgan couldn't predict a recession if its arrival was signaled by warning lights and sirens.
Whatever it is, it isn't new. Things were just as screwed up a decade ago — in the opposite direction
By AL DIAMON  |  January 28, 2009

Survivor winnings could help the state

We can be certain that the state's bean-counters are looking forward to Crowley's 2008 tax return — and its accompanying check.
WINDFALL FOR MAINE
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 23, 2008

Chronichitis

Many of you are suffering from a brain condition called ignorance. Others are infected with a disease called stupidity of the head.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 23, 2008

No rules

The state of Maine doesn’t give away money. Except for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Economic Development, and the state treasurer.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 25, 2008
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Maine: state of deception

Surprise! When the 2008 fiscal year ended, on June 30, the state had a General Fund surplus of $56 million, so the shortfall in reality was considerably smaller than predicted — $134 million.
How a budget surplus emerged from a back room
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 27, 2008


I've heard that story before

Each year, Governor John Baldacci announces his top priority in the next legislative session will be reducing the state income tax. (“Lack of political clout? What lack of political clout?”)
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 20, 2008

Beyond rhythm: A new contraception

This article originally appeared in the March 28, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

A woman's body tells her what she needs to know


By MICHAEL CASTLEMAN  |  March 28, 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

Genuine sense of outrage

Democratic US Representative Tom Allen is being accused by editorial writers and other whack jobs of demeaning the political process.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 29, 2007
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Dangerous waits for psychiatric evaluations?

State officials admit delays for jail-inmate psychiatric evaluations have increased considerably.
Jail watch
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 15, 2007


Don’t need it

Charge me with fiscal irresponsibility.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 15, 2007

Man bites dog

I like dogs better than bureaucrats.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 20, 2007

Always late

Once in a while, I write a column in which I don’t make any snide remarks.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 30, 2007
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Who’s afraid of medical marijuana?

Two hits of marijuana in the morning, and two in the evening before he goes to sleep.
Opponents’ fears go unrealized with the impementation of rhode island’s law
By TE-PING CHEN  |  May 02, 2007

Letters to the Portland editor: April 20, 2007

Mainers upset over the Bush Administration and its top lawyer Alberto Gonzalez are sadly mistaken if they think callous indifference to human life does not exist here as well.
State hides the truth
By LETTERS TO THE POTLAND EDITOR  |  April 18, 2007


Do nothing till you hear from me

The Legislature is, by design, a mess.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 11, 2007

Portland Phoenix, the best in New England!

The Portland Phoenix had its best year ever at the New England Press Association (NEPA) awards banquet on Saturday, taking home 15 awards, including 10 for first place.
Laurels
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 14, 2007

Local jokers

Local government is full of boobs.
Politics and othe mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 14, 2007

The pick of destiny

The Maine Senate has confirmed Democratic Governor John Baldacci’s nomination of Charles Dow of Winthrop for a District Court judgeship, despite Republican criticism of Dow’s lack of courtroom experience.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 31, 2007