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Glorification of failure

The last time the Maine Democratic Party had a competitive candidate in a statewide political race was in 2006, when John Baldacci was re-elected governor. And that was hardly a landslide. Even with Baldacci's incumbency, he got barely 38 percent of the
The Maine Democratic Party
By AL DIAMON  |  March 30, 2012

Gov’s proposal: punish needy and local taxpayers

Proposed cuts to the state-mandated General Assistance program, which serves as an emergency resource for individuals who have exhausted all other options (applicants must demonstrate need and have liquidated all accounts in order to qualify), threaten
Helping hands?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 30, 2012

The Year Ahead in Mitt

Here's a quick look at some key dates for Romney, and what you might want to keep an eye on when his face pops up on your TV screen. Remember, there's a lot at stake: if he wins, you get at least four more years of Mitt-watching.
Prepare yourself for 12 months — well, at least 11 — of watching our handsome, well-coiffed former governor
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 30, 2011

Long term plan

Since you're reading this column, I assume you're a person well-versed in the important matters facing this state, or else you're insanely bored and found my stuff marginally more entertaining than the legal notices.
Maine Legislature in 2012
By AL DIAMON  |  December 09, 2011

Good tidings from LePage

In place of our usual monthly Gubernatorial Scorecard, we're looking at what Governor Paul LePage has been up to through the lens of the holiday season.
Gubernatorial Wishlist
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 09, 2011

Three the hard way

The current field of Democratic gubernatorial candidates consists of one who's already run unsuccessfully, one who's a member of the 1 percent of rich and powerful Americans the Occupy Maine movement is protesting, and one who's sort of loopy.
Gubernatorial candidates
By AL DIAMON  |  December 02, 2011


LePage's transparency problem

This spring, a potentially explosive rumor began circulating among Maine's political insiders.
Governor's staff fights public-records requests, even those that help them
By COLIN WOODARD  |  November 11, 2011

Consistently inconsistent

One of Governor Paul LePage's most impressive performances, to date, has been his consistency.
Gubernatorial Scorecard
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 07, 2011
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Review: The Ides of March

Though more contemporary than Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), George Clooney's new directorial effort seems less topical.
George Clooney's new directorial effort
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 07, 2011

Storm clouds

We just weathered a storm that hit harder elsewhere than it did in Maine.
Gubernatorial Scorecard
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 02, 2011
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In a job-starved economy, casinos are still a good bet

As Beacon Hill considers — yet again — an expanded gaming proposal, some say that the opportunity has passed. We disagree, and continue to support a carefully crafted plan for bringing resort casinos to Massachusetts.
The issue provoked a rare show of common purpose on Beacon Hill
By EDITORIAL  |  September 02, 2011

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Deval's Green Blues

The document in question contains the final regulations for the state's biomass subsidies, and according to environmentalists, the Patrick administration is planning to reverse its pre-election position — and fly in the face of good science — for the be
Long supported by the state's environmental organizations, Governor Patrick has started a war with them over biomass
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 02, 2011

From top cop to capitol hill?

It is hard to imagine a better Republican candidate for Rhode Island's First Congressional District than Colonel Brendan Doherty, the retired superintendent of state police.
Former State Police superintendent Brendan Doherty could mount a serious challenge to Congressman David Cicilline. But first he has to tame his restive GOP
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 19, 2011
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Mitt's best week ever

The quadrennial farce known as the Ames Straw Poll has once again made its mark on the race for the Republican presidential nomination — by rewarding the candidate smart enough to avoid it.
Romney's presidential quest is looking better than ever - no thanks to his own campaign
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 19, 2011

The LePage Files

Confidential administration dossiers show Governor Paul LePage crafted significant portions of his regulatory reform agenda by literally copying and pasting passages from the memos his staff received from corporate lobbyists and their clients, turning sw
Confidential administration dossiers show governor is skilled at copying corporate and lobbyist wish lists
By COLIN WOODARD  |  July 22, 2011

End of the innocence

As the legislative session ends, the amount and nature of Governor Paul LePage's political influence has become clearer.
Gubernatorial Scorecard

Deval Patrick and Casinos in MA

Deval Patrick is on a second-term winning streak, and casinos might be the next payoff

Last summer, when Deval Patrick's veto killed a gaming bill in the final days of the legislative session, many thought he had badly damaged himself politically. He was, after all, the one who had pushed for casinos in Massachusetts almost from the day he
Gaming the system
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 17, 2011

Conflict or what?

With Passover just around the corner, I detected a decidedly non-kosher element in the Other Paper on Monday.
The Journal takes out an ad; siding with Keith; mad about Phoebe
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 15, 2011

Not tough enough?

Amid massive deficits and escalating pension problems, a certain tough guy chic has taken hold in State Houses across the country.
While governors nationwide slash their way out of crisis, Chafee plays Mr. Nice Guy
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 15, 2011

Romney rides again

Mitt Romney has been running for president more or less nonstop for the past seven years — and still hasn't figured out how to do it.
To win the GOP nomination, Mitt will need to do things differently this time. Here's how.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 15, 2011

Governor, budget-cut thyself

Governor LePage is focused on making deep cuts to the state's budget (see "Down Again," by Al Diamon, April 1). So much so, that he is willing to bring the government to a halt. It is certainly difficult to criticize his determination.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editor, April 8, 2011

Easily distracted

Contrary to popular belief, Republican Governor Paul LePage is not an idiot.
The LePage mantras
By AL DIAMON  |  April 08, 2011

What's behind the curtain?

Here's our third Gubernatorial Scorecard, in which we score Governor Paul LePage on political savvy, and on whether what he's trying to do is good policy. Note the running total.
Gubernatorial scorecard
By EDITORIAL  |  April 01, 2011

Q&A #1: Mass. Guv '14

"Elias Nugator" is awake and alert enough post-Evacuation Day to start us off with a good one: Granted we've only just exited a gubernatorial race...
By David S. Bernstein  |  March 18, 2011

Beneath his notice

Our governor, the dishono– I mean honorable Paul LePage in many ways reminds me of an STD.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  March 04, 2011

LePage’s numbers

This week, we introduce a regular feature, Gubernatorial Scorecard. We'll evaluate Governor Paul LePage's recent moves.
Gubernatorial scorecard
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 11, 2011

Family feud

Republican Governor Paul LePage is a remarkably consistent guy. LePage doesn't just do stupid things in public. He can be just as big an idiot in private.
Politeness and politics
By AL DIAMON  |  February 04, 2011

Chafee makes his mark on education reform

The State House was mostly empty Tuesday afternoon, as the snow dropped cold and wet outside. So the crowd was rather modest as Governor Lincoln Chafee walked into the ornate State Room, just outside his office, to announce four new picks for the nine-m
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 04, 2011

Q&A #5: GOP's Next Guv Hope

 "Certifiable Political Junkie" asks: One, thinking ahead to 2014, does anyone come to mind as a plausible GOP candidate for Governor? Second, do you foresee...
By David S. Bernstein  |  January 21, 2011

A critical reading of LePage’s inaugural address

Governor Paul LePage's inaugural address was fairly short, and was filled with rhetoric much like that from his campaign.
Starting points
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 14, 2011