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Hand shakes + middle fingers

Politics + Other Mistakes  
The campaign is over. It's time to get gussied up for Maine's premier political awards show.
By: AL DIAMON  |  November 07, 2012

Gridlock groove

Politics + Other Mistakes
Everything at the State House is about to come to a halt.
By: AL DIAMON  |  October 31, 2012

You can’t count on me

Politics + Other Mistakes
Under former governor John Baldacci, a Democrat, state revenue projections were calculated by a panel known as the Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission.
By: AL DIAMON  |  October 24, 2012

Goodbye, Azeroth

Politics + Other Mistakes
In the wake of the scandalous discovery that Democratic state Senate candidate Colleen Lachowicz of Waterville is a devotee of the online game World of Warcraft, the Maine Republican Party has prepared a list of acceptable leisure-time activities for its members, so they can avoid similar public embarrassments.
By: AL DIAMON  |  October 18, 2012

Trash tongue talker

Politics + Other Mistakes  
In an amazing development, experts at the University of No Place In Particular But Possibly Fort Kent have discovered that statements made in political advertisements are almost always bald-faced lies.
By: AL DIAMON  |  October 10, 2012

Framing Charlie

Politics + Other Mistakes
"The senator wasn't cut out for crime. He was the kind of man who'd use vanity plates on a getaway car."
By: AL DIAMON  |  October 03, 2012

Paying debts

Politics + Other Mistakes
The other day, I got an email alerting me to an amazing financial opportunity.
By: AL DIAMON  |  September 26, 2012

Drunk money

Politics + Other Mistakes
The Bangor Daily News recently asked its readers in an online poll, "Do you travel to New Hampshire to purchase liquor?" The unscientific results: 42 percent said yes, while 58 percent checked no.
By: AL DIAMON  |  September 19, 2012

No response

Politics + Other Mistakes
According to TV spots and press releases from his opponents, independent US Senate candidate Angus King is a slick-talking, budget-busting, money-grubbing, back-room-dealing, environment-despoiling, anti-working-class, elitist scumsucker.
By: AL DIAMON  |  September 12, 2012

Loving the enemy

Politics + Other Mistakes  
Nobody hates Republicans more than other Republicans.
By: AL DIAMON  |  September 05, 2012

Between the ditches

Politics + Other Mistakes
Recently, on the Old Fogeys' Movie Channel (motto: I've Lost The Remote But I Didn't Know How To Use It Anyway), I watched the 1957 film Jamboree .
By: AL DIAMON  |  August 29, 2012

Drinking with the devil

Politics + Other Mistakes
As the dog days of August drag on, you may be unlucky enough to encounter a campaigning politician.
By: AL DIAMON  |  August 22, 2012

Flunking out

Politics + Other Mistakes  
I'm surprised Republican Governor Paul LePage hasn't stumbled over the obvious solution to reforming Maine's education system.
By: AL DIAMON  |  August 15, 2012

Losing focus

Politics + Other Mistakes
The Maine Republican Party would own this state if it could just pay attention long enough to complete a few simple tasks.
By: AL DIAMON  |  August 08, 2012

Cold shoulder

Talking Politics
Dazbog is a wedding photographer. He'd live in Portland if he existed, which he doesn't because he's a fictional character being used to make a political point.
By: AL DIAMON  |  August 01, 2012

Great northern stomp

Politics + Other Mistakes
Democratic US Representative Michael Michaud of Maine's 2nd District regularly shows up on lists of the least effective, least powerful, least respected, and least intelligent members of Congress. So, how does Michaud keep getting re-elected by hefty margins?
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 25, 2012

The plot against common sense

Politics + Other Mistakes  
Lying is as intrinsic to politics as malt is to beer. Only a fool would attempt to change either one. Among those who deserve credit for maintaining the traditional recipe for campaign rhetoric is Republican US Senate candidate Charlie Summers
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 18, 2012

Good side of bad things

Politics + Other Mistakes
Now for a few words in support of partisanship, gridlock, negative campaigning, and super PACs.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 11, 2012

Now, I don’t believe that anymore

Politics + other mistakes
Back in 1994, being pro-choice on abortion was a popular political position — even for conservative Republicans.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 03, 2012

Memory lapse

Politics + Other Mistakes  
I asked some Republicans what they knew about Patrick Calder, the guy who came within 300 votes of being the GOP's 1st Congressional District nominee and is now being hailed as one of the party's rising political stars.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 27, 2012

Lion, beast, beat(en)

Politics + Other Mistakes
There is a scenario under which former independent governor Angus King could fail to take office as Maine's next US senator.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 20, 2012

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