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Money doesn't matter

We all know what's wrong with state government. It doesn't work because of:  
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  June 08, 2013

I can't recall

“I can think of no single measure that would do more to strengthen the credibility of state government than . . . the institution of recall.”
Maine's mixed history with recall efforts
By AL DIAMON  |  April 15, 2011

Down again

Here's a great idea for commemorating the 20th anniversary of Maine's last state-government shutdown in 1991: Let's do it again.
State-government shutdown
By AL DIAMON  |  April 01, 2011

Cleaning house

Maine’s government contains more than 300 boards and commissions — ranging from the influential, such as the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) and the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC), to the obscure, such as one that oversees landscape architects a
Board overhaul
By AL DIAMON  |  September 17, 2010
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Bay State's top lobbyists

Nearly everyone in Massachusetts felt the pinch of the recession in 2009 — even Beacon Hill lobbyists had to tighten their belts.
Talking Politics
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 05, 2010
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How Brown won

As the Massachusetts US Senate election unfolded yesterday, all that the pols and pundits wanted to talk about was how Martha Coakley managed to lose the race. And there is plenty there to dissect. But there is another part of the story, and that is how
While Massachusetts Democrats assess blame for who lost the Senate seat, the truth is that Scott Brown won it
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 22, 2010


Mean everything to nothing

My favorite movie-advertising phrase is "based on a true story." Translated into English, it means: "more or less, a big fat lie."
True tax stories
By AL DIAMON  |  January 15, 2010