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Here it comes again

Gov. Baldacci's stupid approach to tax reform.
Is it possible to tax stupidity? If so, Maine could generate enough revenue to eliminate the income tax, property tax, excise tax, inheritance tax, and sales tax.
By: AL DIAMON  |  March 04, 2009

Stuck in the middle with you

Alliance for Maine's Future thinks the Maine Legislature needs more moderates.
On the surface, moderation appears to be a simple concept. Avoid extremes. Seek compromise. ... It's sort of like being a hypocrite, except without most of the fun parts.
By: AL DIAMON  |  February 25, 2009

I wanna know all about you

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Here at the Hernia Hill Institute of Unquantifiable Econometrics and Daytime Drinking, internationally renowned scholars are constantly thinking about Maine's fiscal crisis. Except during happy hour.
By: AL DIAMON  |  February 18, 2009

Some people have real problems

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Mainers are facing grievous financial burdens. Stores and factories are shutting down. Businesses that stay open are laying people off. Unemployment is rising as fast as the foreclosure rate on homes. And housing prices are sinking like the value of retirement accounts.
By: AL DIAMON  |  February 11, 2009

Acid tongue

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Watch your mouth.
By: AL DIAMON  |  February 04, 2009

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What's wrong with Augusta?

Whatever it is, it isn't new. Things were just as screwed up a decade ago — in the opposite direction
Charlie Colgan couldn't predict a recession if its arrival was signaled by warning lights and sirens.
By: AL DIAMON  |  January 29, 2009



Working man blues

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Charlie Webster's war never ends.
By: AL DIAMON  |  January 28, 2009

We started nothing

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The first thing you have to understand about how the Maine Legislature works is: It doesn't. And it isn't supposed to.
By: AL DIAMON  |  January 21, 2009

Politics and other mistakes: Sweet electricity

Annexed electricity
Harley Lee has a lot to learn about running a scam.
By: AL DIAMON  |  January 14, 2009

Feed the animals

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Nothing is more pathetic than the sight of destitute gubernatorial candidates scrounging through trash receptacles for returnable bottles and cans, sleeping in shelters, and eating in charity food kitchens.
By: AL DIAMON  |  January 07, 2009

Democracy in China

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That December morning in the year 2010 began oddly. The sun rose in the west. The river reversed itself and flowed upstream. The tide went out and didn't come back.
By: AL DIAMON  |  December 31, 2008



Chronichitis

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Many of you are suffering from a brain condition called ignorance. Others are infected with a disease called stupidity of the head.
By: AL DIAMON  |  December 23, 2008

What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding?

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Bipartisanship.
By: AL DIAMON  |  December 17, 2008

Way to normal

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

Road hog

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I got the idea for this week's column from somebody I was talking to on the phone a couple of months ago. Trouble is, I can't remember who.
By: AL DIAMON  |  December 03, 2008

We sing, we dance, we steal things

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Last week, I profiled the Democrats running for governor of Maine in 2010. Thousands were taken ill.
By: AL DIAMON  |  November 26, 2008



Here come the bugs

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I'm not one of those people who assumes that just because somebody casually mentions they're thinking about running for governor of Maine in 2010, that they should be restrained, subjected to electro-shock therapy, and deported to someplace where they can't do any harm.
By: AL DIAMON  |  November 19, 2008

All the ugly people

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Why did Maine voters give overwhelming approval to a tax-repeal referendum on Nov. 4, while simultaneously returning to office even more of the Democratic legislators who passed the unpopular tax in the first place?
By: AL DIAMON  |  November 12, 2008

Scars and souvenirs

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The campaign is over. Now for the fun stuff.
By: AL DIAMON  |  November 05, 2008

Lost in the sound of separation

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While it’s true that candidates’ falsehoods, fibs, and fabrications make a columnist’s job easier, I could still eke out a living even if every politician in Maine suddenly became a fountain of factuality.
By: AL DIAMON  |  October 29, 2008

Gabba gabba, hey! One of us!

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I was surprised to learn that I’ll be making my selection for president based not on the issues, but on the Republican vice-presidential candidate’s preferences in recreational activities.  
By: AL DIAMON  |  October 22, 2008


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