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This is an outrage

Politics and other mistakes
Politics and other mistakes
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 16, 2014

Between the dying and the dead

Politics and other mistakes
Being politically deceased, you’d think Steve Woods would give us a break by putting on a dark suit, lying down in a coffin, and closing his eyes.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 11, 2014

All the wrong choices

 Politics and other mistakes
Reform is in the air. Olympia Snowe and the Portland Press Herald are calling for changes in the way we elect our leaders in order to restore public confidence, end gridlock, and reverse global warming. There’s a much better chance they’ll accomplish that last one than either of the other two.  
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 07, 2014

Inside game

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The university system’s decision to add Demeritt to its roster at a salary of $125,000 a year generated criticism because it was done by ignoring normal hiring procedures and came at a time when the system is facing budget shortfalls, program cuts, and layoffs. Demeritt is going to have to hit a lot of three-pointers to make up for all that negative reaction.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 25, 2014

Which way do I turn?

Politics + Other Mistakes
Bruce Poliquin has a big problem.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 18, 2014

Actions speak louder than words

Politics + Other Mistakes
LePage would prefer you withhold judgment on those actions that didn’t work out quite the way he planned. Or, possibly, didn’t plan.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 11, 2014



The old switcheroo

Politics + Other Mistakes
Flipping one incompetent LePage minion for another might work to solve a variety of heretofore insurmountable problems.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 06, 2014

I'm not changing

Politics + Other Mistakes
Whether you live in the 1st or 2nd congressional districts, whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, you’ll have the opportunity to vote for somebody who’s promising to go to Washington and make sure absolutely nothing happens.
By: AL DIAMON  |  May 29, 2014

Good liquor gonna carry me down

Politics + Other Mistakes
I thought for sure this would be the year I’d finally stop traveling to New Hampshire to buy almost all my booze.
By: AL DIAMON  |  May 21, 2014

The truth ain't what it seems

Politics + Other Mistakes
Truth, as anyone with more brains than a TV scriptwriter knows, is an elusive quality, subject to alteration not only by facts, but also by individual whims and assorted prejudices.
By: AL DIAMON  |  May 15, 2014

Dirty words

Politics + Other Mistakes
Free speech, as envisioned by the Founding Fathers, has no place on the bumpers of your car.
By: AL DIAMON  |  May 08, 2014



Branding iron

Politics + Other Mistakes
The buzzword of the day is “branding.”
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 30, 2014

Dead can dance

Politics + Other Mistakes
In nearly every way, the residents of cemetery row have to be considered superior endorsers when compared to the living.
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 23, 2014

It's the money that matters

Politics + Other Mistakes
The average Maine voter, defined for purposes of this column as someone closely resembling me, has concluded that the current legislative session has been a disaster.
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 16, 2014

Green behind the ears

Politics + Other Mistakes
Outside of an infestation in Portland’s city government and a sprinkling of midcoast activists protesting stuff that probably won’t happen anyway, the party isn’t really part of the debate.
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 10, 2014

Folly of youth

Politics + Other Mistakes
We now know what’s to blame for the decrepit condition of Maine’s economy.
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 03, 2014



Return of the king

Politics + Other Mistakes
Democrats in the Maine Legislature need either John Martin or Vladimir Putin.
By: AL DIAMON  |  March 28, 2014

Friends from other planets

Politics + Other Mistakes
The night skies over Maine are alight with glowing objects bringing in big-shot reporters, this time to inform earthlings that Democrat Shenna Bellows has a real chance of knocking off Collins.
By: AL DIAMON  |  March 20, 2014

System upgrade

Politics + Other Mistakes
It’s not that Michaud, who’s represented Maine’s 2nd Congressional District for more than a decade, is completely worthless.
By: AL DIAMON  |  March 14, 2014

Have you heard this song before?

Politics + Other Mistakes
Could it be that all the major choices for governor in 2014 are little more than slight variations on the former two-term governor best remembered for his failed Dirigo Health program, his failed Pine Tree Development Zones, his failed consolidation of the county jails, and his creation of a Department of Health and Human Services so big it was bound to fail?
By: AL DIAMON  |  March 05, 2014
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