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A clean mind and dirty hands

Three people walk into a bank ...
Moral dilemmas for the Maine Clean Election Fund
By AL DIAMON  |  February 12, 2010

Escape from the chicken coop

In olden times, before unlimited numbers of free-range office-seekers were allowed to be-fowl — er, befoul — the airwaves with messages less clever than that poultry — er, paltry — pun, the general rule of politics was that one dumb cluck per election
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 14, 2009

Off the track

I've been thinking about what makes a first-rate kook.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 07, 2009
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Our journalism echoes our politics

Why won’t the Maine press inquire deeply into major issues?
If the press reflects the times, which way will it go now?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 31, 2009

Happy together

There's an easy way to make everyone happy.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 31, 2009

The sunny side of the street

It's good to be known as an optimist. It keeps people from realizing you're actually a boob.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 24, 2009


My aim is true

I believe in having clear and achievable goals.
Talking Politics
By AL DIAMON  |  June 26, 2009

Some kind of salvation

In 2008, Sean Faircloth, then a state representative from Bangor, lost his bid to become Maine's attorney general, mostly because lots of legislators questioned his credibility. When your credibility is so shaky that even politicians notice, you have a
Politics and other mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  June 19, 2009

Stickin' it to the poor

The Maine Heritage Policy Center, a right-wing Portland think tank, has been bragging in news releases about how state leaders have followed its advice, approving a two-year state-government budget that, among other cuts, slashes school aid, programs fo
Right wing celebrates state budget
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 05, 2009
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Having it Both Ways

 For years, Democratic Governor John Baldacci, governors before him, and many legislators have made job creation their loudest mantra. “Jobs!” echoes under Augusta’s State House dome as the rationale for cutting taxes and expenses (services) and increasi
Should we blame Baldacci now?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 05, 2009

Out of the closet

I don't believe in gay stereotypes. With one exception.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 05, 2009


Out of office

It's only fitting the news media seem to have missed James J. Walsh's death. Even when Walsh was alive, the rare instances when he attracted publicity never worked out too well for him. The only reason he had any kind of political career was because he
Just because nobody pays attention doesn't mean a guy can't make a royal mess of things.  
By AL DIAMON  |  May 29, 2009

Bigger is better

You've seen those obnoxious TV ads for phony products promising "natural male enhancement." Now, here's something that does exactly the opposite.
A smaller House
By AL DIAMON  |  May 22, 2009

Letters To the Portland Editor: May 8, 2009

The April 22 hearing on marriage equality at the Augusta Civic Center was historic, important, and, on balance, a wonderful thing.
A great view of equality
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  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
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Drafting the city's constitution

Nineteen people are running to serve in nine open seats on the city's 12-member Charter Commission.
Charter Commission
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 01, 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

Payin' for my sins

I don’t like the way you’re looking at me.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 17, 2009

Working man blues

Charlie Webster's war never ends.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 28, 2009
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Hey guv: stop slashing!

It seems as if there’s no light at the end of the state’s gloomy fiscal tunnel.
State budget cuts just make the recession worse
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 31, 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


Way to normal

No offense, but you're totally unqualified to decide who my wife's boss is.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 10, 2008