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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

Beatin’ the odds

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Imagine this: A developer suddenly shows up in your rundown little town and announces plans for a multi-million-dollar project.  
By: AL DIAMON  |  October 16, 2008

Illusion of progress

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As the world teetered on the brink of another Great Depression, I was comforted by the knowledge that if civilization collapsed, I’d still have quality health care.  
By: AL DIAMON  |  October 09, 2008

Green around the gills

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Spotting environmentalists used to be easy.  
By: AL DIAMON  |  October 02, 2008

No rules

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The state of Maine doesn’t give away money. Except for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Economic Development, and the state treasurer.
By: AL DIAMON  |  September 25, 2008

Question the answers

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Lemoine is certainly not an incompetent doody-head. He’s a reckless weasel.
By: AL DIAMON  |  September 17, 2008

Drinkin' problem

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No more local beer.
By: AL DIAMON  |  September 10, 2008

Whole new ball game

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John Frary is a politician in the same sense that I’m the commissioner of Major League Baseball.
By: AL DIAMON  |  September 04, 2008

Privacy invasion

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Let’s talk about Susan Collins’s sex life.
By: AL DIAMON  |  August 27, 2008

I've heard that story before

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Each year, Governor John Baldacci announces his top priority in the next legislative session will be reducing the state income tax. (“Lack of political clout? What lack of political clout?”)
By: AL DIAMON  |  August 20, 2008

Don't expect too much

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"We think we will be paid. We think we will be paid in full."
By: AL DIAMON  |  August 12, 2008

Heat of the moment

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Because of the high cost of heating oil, I'm considering installing an alternative energy source in my house. I've examined the possibilities, and it looks as if my best bet is a home nuclear-power plant.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 30, 2008


Politics and other mistakes
Harley Lee and I are not friends. The only time we’ve met was a couple of years ago in a Carrabassett Valley bar, where I told him the world would be a better place if somebody poisoned his drink.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 23, 2008

They call me Mr. Lucky

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Nominations are now open for the 2008 award for most politically inept person in Maine.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 16, 2008

Licensed to ill

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I’m devoting this column to my plan to improve state government in one simple step: Fire Matthew Dunlap.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 09, 2008

Man of mischief

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Let’s see if I can fill a whole column by making jokes about violent sex offenders.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 02, 2008

Flavors of entanglement

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Dear S. Donald Sussman: Please send me a million bucks.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 25, 2008

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