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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

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


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