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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

Paid to play

Everybody hates lobbyists
A majority of respondents said being paid to convince elected officials how to vote is the world's least respectable occupation — except for actually being an elected official.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 27, 2011

Marriage madness

The homophobe agenda
Around 300 BC, the Greek dramatist Menander wrote something that, roughly translated, reads, "Marriage, to tell the truth, is an evil, but it is a necessary evil."
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 20, 2011

Big boss man

Talking politics
"Government should be run like a business."
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 13, 2011

Registration day blues

Registering on election day
When it comes to politicians debating important issues, I prefer them to get down and dirty.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 06, 2011



All that you paid for

Tax dollars
I've got some deals for you.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 29, 2011

Liquored up + lacquered down

Maine's senators need to sober up
It's possible that every member of the 125th Maine Legislature is dead drunk.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 22, 2011

Big man got the money

State treasurers
Until now, being state treasurer was like being a septic tank. Both attract attention only when something goes wrong.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 15, 2011

Got what it takes

Why not run for mayor?
If you haven't already done so, hustle down to Portland City Hall and sign up to run for mayor.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 08, 2011

Strange bedfellows

Grossman conspires with wingnuts
It doesn't get weirder than this. A liberal Democrat from California wants to help conservative Republicans in Maine find somebody to run against moderate GOP US Senator Olympia Snowe.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 01, 2011


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