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Indestructible machine

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services
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.
By: AL DIAMON  |  December 21, 2011

Having a ball

The Clean Election Act
For my birthday, a friend bought me a baseball cap with the letters "TR" on the front. That stands for Templeton Rye, my favorite whiskey. But the first time I wore it, some idiot in a bar accused me of being a Texas Rangers fan.
By: AL DIAMON  |  December 14, 2011

Long term plan

Maine Legislature in 2012
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.
By: AL DIAMON  |  December 07, 2011

Three the hard way

Gubernatorial candidates
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.
By: AL DIAMON  |  November 30, 2011

Doesn't add up

Ranked-choice voting
Ranked-choice voting "would ensure not only that the most popular candidate wins an election, but also that he or she wins by a clear majority of the voters," said Jim Brunelle, Portland Press Herald columnist, on August 13, 2004.
By: AL DIAMON  |  November 23, 2011

Twenty years on

Looking back on two decades of columns
There are topics that are even more boring than a columnist writing about how long he's been a columnist.
By: AL DIAMON  |  November 16, 2011



The wrong words

Putting Maine To Work's approach
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.
By: AL DIAMON  |  November 09, 2011

Man with a load of mischief

Casinos: money and morals
According to the Maine Sunday Telegram, gambling is OK in Biddeford or Washington County, but if it happens in Lewiston, it's pure evil.
By: AL DIAMON  |  November 02, 2011

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Tax reform: it's downright scary
I don't believe in ghosts. Or vampires. Or werewolves. Or other mythical creatures, such as Republican US Senate candidate Scott D'Amboise.
By: AL DIAMON  |  October 26, 2011

Tourist trap

State budgeting
To hear the experts talk, you'd think reducing the state budget by up to $100 million is a task only slightly less difficult than walking into a ritzy ocean-side restaurant without a reservation on a tourist-clogged Saturday night in the summer and expecting to score a table by a window.
By: AL DIAMON  |  October 19, 2011

Out of control

Convenience stores
Would you want a business like this in your town?
By: AL DIAMON  |  October 12, 2011



Last choice

Voter suppression
It's an outrage that a small group of devious political insiders has been allowed to manipulate the democratic process in a blatant attempt to restrict voting rights.
By: AL DIAMON  |  October 05, 2011

From a distance

On county government
Moosehorn Crossing is a long way from . . . well . . . pretty much anywhere.
By: AL DIAMON  |  September 28, 2011

Stranger than known

Political nonsense
In politics, things don't have to make sense. If they did, there'd be no excuse for the Tea Party, Democrat Jon Hinck's US Senate campaign, or Republican State Committee chairman Charlie Webster's existence.
By: AL DIAMON  |  September 21, 2011

Liquor blues

Maine's booze economy
"For great sale prices, there's no place like Maine."
By: AL DIAMON  |  September 14, 2011

Drawing a line

Bipartisan agreement
Remain calm. You've probably heard that a special commission has failed to reach bipartisan agreement on a plan to redraw the boundary between Maine's two congressional districts in order to make their populations as close to equal as possible. Don't panic.
By: AL DIAMON  |  September 07, 2011



Don't say the words

On the campaign trail
Raye is part of the moderate wing of the GOP, fiscally conservative but close to the middle on social issues.
By: AL DIAMON  |  August 31, 2011

Museum dreams

Political Paleontology
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.
By: AL DIAMON  |  August 24, 2011

A change is gonna come

Economic change in northern Maine
Just when everything seems perfect, something always screws it up.
By: AL DIAMON  |  August 17, 2011

How they hate him

LePage vs. The Media Alliance to Ridicule, Degrade, and Eviscerate Normal Society
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.
By: AL DIAMON  |  August 10, 2011

Dirty money

In memory of Brewster
As I walked down the corridors of the Ralph Owen Brewster Hospice for Decaying Political Ideals, there were no indications of despair, pain, or misery.
By: AL DIAMON  |  August 03, 2011


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