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Never mind the bollocks

Politics + Other Mistakes  
In the wake of its chaotic state convention, the Maine Republican Party has cleverly positioned itself to appeal to a whole new segment of the public: Anarchists.
By: AL DIAMON  |  May 16, 2012

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It just don’t pay

Politics + Other Mistakes
The only thing worse than taxes is tax breaks.
By: AL DIAMON  |  May 09, 2012

The price you pay

Politics + Other Mistakes
Debt is a fundamental part of American life. Car payments. Mortgages. Partially unpaid bills from irate Colombian hookers.
By: AL DIAMON  |  May 02, 2012

Ordinary people

Mark your ballots
Democracy is a messy system of government. Its basic tenets encourage the ignorant masses to react based on emotional appeals, thereby overwhelming the reasoned judgments of the educated elite.
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 25, 2012

No obligations

State laws
There are two types of people who routinely ignore state laws.
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 18, 2012

Strike down the heathen

“Sodomy-based marriage”
"There is no basis in nature for a right to sodomy," Michael Heath told the Associated Press in March.
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 11, 2012



Magic money

Clean Elections
It's fun to pretend there are supernatural solutions to our problems.
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 04, 2012

Glorification of failure

The Maine Democratic Party
The last time the Maine Democratic Party had a competitive candidate in a statewide political race was in 2006, when John Baldacci was re-elected governor. And that was hardly a landslide. Even with Baldacci's incumbency, he got barely 38 percent of the vote.
By: AL DIAMON  |  March 28, 2012

Bruce almighty

Will Bruce Poliquin make the ballot?
I'm writing this before it's officially decided whether State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin qualified as a US Senate candidate for the Republican primary in June.
By: AL DIAMON  |  March 21, 2012

Little king

Picking the next Senator
Picking the next US senator from Maine is a no-brainer, now that independent Angus King is officially in the race.
By: AL DIAMON  |  March 14, 2012

Here come the weak

Campaign advice
Watch your step. The floor might be slippery from all these drooling political consultants, an occupation noted for its lack of self-control.
By: AL DIAMON  |  March 07, 2012



Don't tell me what to do

Straw polls
Welcome to the 2012 Republican Party caucus for the town of East Abunni, Maine.
By: AL DIAMON  |  February 29, 2012

Fader in the middle

Political trivia
Time for political trivia. For each correct answer, treat yourself to a beer.
By: AL DIAMON  |  February 22, 2012

What they write about

The Maine Democratic Party's US Senate prospects
Thanks for coming to my power-point presentation.
By: AL DIAMON  |  February 15, 2012

Building the perfect beast

America Elects
There are a few acceptable reasons for keeping your identity a secret.
By: AL DIAMON  |  February 08, 2012

Magic power

Energy prices – and sources
A few months after the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, my wife and I were wandering around the eastern part of that city and came upon a little antique shop, where the last vestiges of the old Communist ways were slowly being flushed out, much to the owner's dismay.
By: AL DIAMON  |  February 01, 2012



Don't let them take control

Maine's counties
There are worse things than Maine's antiquated system of county government.
By: AL DIAMON  |  January 25, 2012

Dead man walking

A funeral for The Maine Clean Election Act
It should have been a somber moment, but the awful shouting intruded on the funeral service.
By: AL DIAMON  |  January 18, 2012

It might never happen

Democrat domination
The Very Smart People have proclaimed that the Democratic Party is about to reclaim control of the Maine House of Representatives.
By: AL DIAMON  |  January 11, 2012

Bad as me

The Law of Low Expectations
I'm an economist in much the same sense that I'm commissioner of the National Football League.
By: AL DIAMON  |  January 04, 2012

What were you hoping for?

LePage's year
In his first year as governor, Republican Paul LePage did a decent job.
By: AL DIAMON  |  December 28, 2011


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