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Say what you mean

I agree with Libby Mitchell.
Sign up here for the Cute Li’l Puppy Health Plan
By AL DIAMON  |  April 09, 2010

Don't make promises

In writing a weekly political column, you learn not to use the first paragraph to make extravagant claims you can't possibly deliver on.
Paul LePage's disastrous mistake
By AL DIAMON  |  February 26, 2010

Ex-USM staffers claim age discrimination

In complaints filed with the University of Southern Maine's Office of Campus Diversity and Equity, a state legislator and five former colleagues allege they were discriminated against in a recent department restructuring because of their ages. The comp
Litigation Watch
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 20, 2009

Do it to debt

A friend of mine walked into the local bar during a recent happy hour and announced, "I'm furious at IGA."
Spending money to make money?
By AL DIAMON  |  April 01, 2009

Some people have real problems

Mainers are facing grievous financial burdens. Stores and factories are shutting down. Businesses that stay open are laying people off. Unemployment is rising as fast as the foreclosure rate on homes. And housing prices are sinking like the value of ret
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 11, 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


UMaine feels the economic pinch

The University of Maine system is being asked by the state to describe how it would cut $10.6 million from its budget — the equivalent of 5.3 percent of the state money it gets — on top of the $19.1 million in cuts imposed earlier this year.
Tuition pressure
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 19, 2008

Beatin’ the odds

Imagine this: A developer suddenly shows up in your rundown little town and announces plans for a multi-million-dollar project.  
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 16, 2008
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Taking from the poor

What values do Maine’s Democrats hold?
Democratic lawmakers show their Republican values
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 07, 2008

Everybody has the right to be wrong

The late political columnist Davis Rawson once infuriated then-Speaker of the House John Martin to the point that Maine’s most powerful politician told reporters, “Davis Rawson is a drunk and a has-been.”
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 16, 2008

All the dark horses

Here’s what I like about the gambling industry: It provides suitable locations for sleazeballs and stupid people to hang out.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 20, 2007


Hustlenomics

All human beings are born with an innate sense that they’re fiscally responsible.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 24, 2007

Don’t need it

Charge me with fiscal irresponsibility.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 15, 2007
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UMaine refuses to out downloading students

While the battle over file-sharing continues unabated on college campuses across the country, University of Maine officials have offered a new stance.
Privacy
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  April 26, 2007
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UMaine refuses to out downloading students

University of Maine officials are opposing recording-industry efforts against alleged illegal downloading of music.
Privacy
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  April 18, 2007
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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

You promised

Portland representative John Eder wishes he had more friends in the capitol these days. Since supposedly securing funds last March for an unprecedented “arts incubator” to support the creative economy in Portland, Eder says the state has given him the ru
Show Eder the money
By SARA DONNELLY  |  February 01, 2006