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Flunking out

I'm surprised Republican Governor Paul LePage hasn't stumbled over the obvious solution to reforming Maine's education system.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  August 17, 2012

Building the perfect beast

There are a few acceptable reasons for keeping your identity a secret.
America Elects
By AL DIAMON  |  February 10, 2012

Local adjunct professors fight for their piece of the pie

Even as Governor Paul LePage and others tout the importance of the community college system in Maine, the adjunct professors at Southern Maine Community College and the University of Southern Maine are without contracts.
Coming to the table
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 27, 2012

The Making of Paul LePage, Part 2

Governor Paul LePage has made plenty of waves in his first year in office, and has many wondering where his sometimes provocative political attitudes come from. In this two part series we ask: who is Paul LePage?
Rise to Power
By COLIN WOODARD  |  January 20, 2012

Indestructible machine

The weird thing about the Maine Department of Health and Human Services is not that it wastes enormous amounts of taxpayer money. It's that it doesn't have any fun doing it.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services
By AL DIAMON  |  December 23, 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

The wrong words

In the past month, a political action committee called Putting Maine To Work has sent me so many brochures that I no longer need to worry about putting myself to work.
Putting Maine To Work's approach
By AL DIAMON  |  November 11, 2011

Ratings game

A recent poll found that more Mainers approve of the governor's job performance this year than did last year.
Gubernatorial Scorecard
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 11, 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

LePage’s Koch Brothers connection revealed

If you're looking for a poster child for the corrupting influence of corporate money in politics, you'd have a hard time doing better than the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Corporate coziness
By COLIN WOODARD  |  September 09, 2011

Museum dreams

This week, we're joining a guided tour of the Maine Museum of Political Paleontology. A docent is explaining to a group of schoolchildren what's happening in a scene depicting cave people trying to register to vote.
Political Paleontology
By AL DIAMON  |  August 26, 2011

Break time

Summer's here, and everybody needs a break. Even Governor Paul LePage seems to be taking a holiday from the hard work of keeping his mouth shut in public.
Gubernatorial Scorecard
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 12, 2011

How they hate him

Republican Governor Paul LePage has every right to be angry at Maine journalists for depicting him as a clueless buffoon with the political skills of a rabies-maddened raccoon and the public-relations prowess of day-old bait.
LePage vs. The Media Alliance to Ridicule, Degrade, and Eviscerate Normal Society
By AL DIAMON  |  August 12, 2011

Big boss man

"Government should be run like a business."
Talking politics
By AL DIAMON  |  July 15, 2011

Going, gone

Republican Governor Paul LePage should do himself, his party, and his state a favor by pulling a Sarah Palin and resigning.
LePage should just resign
By AL DIAMON  |  May 13, 2011

Phoenix inquiry prompts LePage's FOAA training

Phoenix inquiry prompts LePage's FOAA training

Good thing we checked. When Governor Paul LePage was spouting his various opinions about open government (including that there should be limits to the most...
By Jeff Inglis  |  April 11, 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

NYT Sunday editorial hammers LePage

It's not every day that a Maine governor does something warranting an editorial in the Sunday New York Times. But yes, Paul LePage has risen...
By Jeff Inglis  |  March 28, 2011

Open call for public art

Call for public art: Mural depicting the glorious contributions of the Maine businessperson. Seeking designs for a 36-foot-long, 8-foot-tall mural to replace a degenerate, “one-sided”...
By Jeff Inglis  |  March 24, 2011

LePage and backers: Out-of-state companies before Maine people

Over the weekend, Governor Paul LePage and some of his supporters made a couple of statements that make clear that "Maine people before politics" is...
By Jeff Inglis  |  March 21, 2011


Listen, everyone. We'll have more on the budget moving forward, I'm sure. I'm heading up to Augusta on Wednesday to attend the Maine People's Alliances...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  March 07, 2011

Getting rid of e-waste

I'm doing a major apartment clean-up and I'm trying to dispose of my unwanted items as responsibly as possible. I'm recycling (both curbside and through Goodwill) as much as I can. But what to do with the electronic waste I've accumulated over the year
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 18, 2011

At a turning point

When Joseph Ponte was told that Maine's longtime corrections commissioner Martin Magnusson had once informed the Legislature's Criminal Justice Committee, after a dramatic hostage-taking, that there were "probably 300 inmates right now with a weapon in
LePage's nominee to head Corrections has the skills to fix Maine's broken prison system. Will the governor and lawmakers give Joseph Ponte the tools?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 11, 2011

LePage's secret puppeteers

It was no surprise that Governor Paul LePage would seek to reform Maine's environmental regulations.
How the governor outsourced his regulatory-reform efforts to corporate lobbyists
By COLIN WOODARD  |  February 11, 2011

Phoenix writer featured on WERU

Liked our piece on LePage's secret bankers?WERU radio talked to its author, Colin Woodard, about it. You can hear that now, online at (it's...
By Jeff Inglis  |  February 07, 2011



Just before 11 pm last night, Paul LePage took to the podium at Champions in Waterville. His supporters, who had been milling around, munching on...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  November 03, 2010