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I can't recall

Maine's mixed history with recall efforts
“I can think of no single measure that would do more to strengthen the credibility of state government than . . . the institution of recall.”
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 13, 2011

Easily distracted

The LePage mantras
Contrary to popular belief, Republican Governor Paul LePage is not an idiot.
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 06, 2011

Down again

State-government shutdown
Here's a great idea for commemorating the 20th anniversary of Maine's last state-government shutdown in 1991: Let's do it again.
By: AL DIAMON  |  March 30, 2011

Don't do that

What the GOP, libertarians, and jellyfish have in common
Republicans and libertarians share many similarities. For instance, members of both groups are generally equipped with bladders.
By: AL DIAMON  |  March 23, 2011

Odd meter

Practical Advice for Political Nutjobs
It's time for that popular feature, Practical Advice for Political Nutjobs, the column that's been proven by complicated scientific-type testing to help weirdos avoid public humiliation. It also saves them money because they never again need to line their hats with pricey aluminum foil.
By: AL DIAMON  |  March 16, 2011

The road goes on forever

Maine Turnpike Authority's totalitarian rule
If the Maine Turnpike Authority were a country, it'd be North Korea.
By: AL DIAMON  |  March 09, 2011



Flotsam and jetsam

LePage’s temper
The list of young Maine politicians with serious prospects of someday being elected to higher office is shorter than Governor Paul LePage's temper.
By: AL DIAMON  |  March 02, 2011

Too soon

LePage’s first biennial budget
That's it? That's the budget that was supposed to transform Maine into — depending on your political orientation — either a business-friendly, job-creating, profit-making paradise of free-market capitalism — or an environmental wasteland in which impoverished workers seek shelter while being urinated on by corporate swine?
By: AL DIAMON  |  February 23, 2011

I want fireworks

Why aren't fireworks legal?
I'm a law-abiding citizen. Except when I'm not. So far, I've managed to avoid committing murder, rape, robbery, assault, pillaging, insider trading, or violating any leftover protection-from-abuse orders.
By: AL DIAMON  |  February 16, 2011

Out of ideas

Lending a hand to the Maine Democratic Party
I'm trying to help the Maine Democratic Party by coming up with a slogan for its big comeback attempt in the 2012 election.
By: AL DIAMON  |  February 09, 2011

Family feud

Politeness and politics
Republican Governor Paul LePage is a remarkably consistent guy. LePage doesn't just do stupid things in public. He can be just as big an idiot in private.
By: AL DIAMON  |  February 02, 2011



Pregnant pause

Maine Republicans on abortion
The Maine Republican Party has a death wish. Over giving birth.
By: AL DIAMON  |  January 26, 2011

What's missing?

LePage's nominees
After an intense investigation into the backgrounds of Republican Governor Paul LePage's nominees for top administration posts, I've discovered an astonishing lack of diversity.
By: AL DIAMON  |  January 19, 2011

Little things

On shrinking legislatures
In the midst of the new Republican majority's mania to reduce the size and cost of state government, I offer some advice and a warning.
By: AL DIAMON  |  January 12, 2011

Sub Rosa

Rosa Scarcelli's Senate run
Rosa Scarcelli is running for the US Senate in 2012. Her husband is still running away from what he did in the 2010 gubernatorial race.
By: AL DIAMON  |  January 05, 2011

Lie to me

LePage's brutal honesty
If Paul LePage's wife asked him, "Do these pants make my butt look big?" he'd probably answer, "Yeah, you look like you've got twin entrants in a giant pumpkin contest dragging around behind you."
By: AL DIAMON  |  December 29, 2010



I never promised you a rose garden

Baldacci's failures
Some readers have suggested that last week's column was unfair to outgoing Democratic Governor John Baldacci. They're correct.
By: AL DIAMON  |  December 29, 2010

Walking on broken glass

A (very) short list of Baldacci's successes
There must be some kind of law that kicks in whenever a prominent politician leaves office, requiring every columnist and pundit to blather on at length about the triumphs and tragedies of that esteemed figure's checkered career.
By: AL DIAMON  |  December 15, 2010

From carpenter to king

LePage has been surprisingly polite
In the wake of last month's election, I expected Republican governor-elect Paul LePage to provide me with an inexhaustible supply of column material.
By: AL DIAMON  |  December 08, 2010

The stain

The Nutting case
"If the diaper fits, you must acquit." According to press accounts from 2003, that was the wording on a sign carried at a State House rally by a supporter of Republican state Representative Robert Nutting of Oakland.
By: AL DIAMON  |  December 01, 2010

In a perfect world: Ranked-choice voting

Make that "fraud"
My unbiased analysis of the 2010 Maine gubernatorial election reveals that most voters didn't want any of the candidates to win. The proof? A sizable majority voted against each of them.
By: AL DIAMON  |  November 24, 2010


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