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Can't be wrong

Talking Politics
I don't care if my state representative is sneaking off to Argentina to romance some exotic mystery woman. Given my rep's track record at the State House, he's unlikely to be any less effective in pursuing a clandestine international affair than in passing legislation.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 08, 2009

Low expectations

Talking Politics
There are some important qualities I'd like to see in the next governor of Maine. But they're all pretty boring. So let's get to what I wouldn't like to see.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 01, 2009

My aim is true

Talking Politics
I believe in having clear and achievable goals.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 24, 2009

Some kind of salvation

Politics and other mistakes  
In 2008, Sean Faircloth, then a state representative from Bangor, lost his bid to become Maine's attorney general, mostly because lots of legislators questioned his credibility. When your credibility is so shaky that even politicians notice, you have a serious problem. It's sort of like if atheists complained about your ungodliness.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 17, 2009

I've got you under my skin

Politics and other mistakes
The first rule for running a successful race for governor is never to say anything of substance about anything. Taking even the most innocuous of positions (Do you think Maine should have an official state skin disease?) will only cost a candidate votes.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 10, 2009

Out of the closet

Politics and other mistakes
I don't believe in gay stereotypes. With one exception.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 03, 2009



Out of office

Just because nobody pays attention doesn't mean a guy can't make a royal mess of things.  
It's only fitting the news media seem to have missed James J. Walsh's death. Even when Walsh was alive, the rare instances when he attracted publicity never worked out too well for him. The only reason he had any kind of political career was because he mostly flew so far below the radar that he had to pick earthworms out of his teeth.
By: AL DIAMON  |  May 27, 2009

Bigger is better

A smaller House
You've seen those obnoxious TV ads for phony products promising "natural male enhancement." Now, here's something that does exactly the opposite.
By: AL DIAMON  |  May 20, 2009

Drinking muddy water

Eco-Whacko Syndrome!
There's something in the water
By: AL DIAMON  |  May 13, 2009

Do it like we used to do

Traditional marriage and values
There's a lot to be said for what opponents of same-sex nuptials call "traditional marriage."
By: AL DIAMON  |  May 06, 2009

Art for art's sake

The creative economy
Apparently, I'm one of those artist-types. Except it's not called "artist" anymore. That term is too, well ... artsy-fartsy. It doesn't adequately convey my critical importance to society.
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 29, 2009



One foot in the grave

The governor's race lurches along
Here's who the Maine Republican Party should nominate for governor in 2010.
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 22, 2009

Payin' for my sins

Politics and other mistakes
I don’t like the way you’re looking at me.
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 15, 2009

Equal scary people

Should foreigners -- like folks from NH -- vote in Maine?
I have nothing against people who've had the misfortune of being born in other nations. Unless they're from Chad.
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 08, 2009

Do it to debt

Spending money to make money?
A friend of mine walked into the local bar during a recent happy hour and announced, "I'm furious at IGA."
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 01, 2009

Light that failed

How is Maine's term-limits law working?
How has Maine's term-limit law, restricting legislators to eight consecutive years in office, been working since it was approved by voters in 1993?
By: AL DIAMON  |  March 25, 2009



Folie à deux

A fairy tale about government spending
Once upon a time in Unrealityland, there were two senators named Olympia and Susan. They were good senators, always looking out for the Unrealists' best interests.
By: AL DIAMON  |  March 18, 2009

Devotion to unholy creed

Al Daimon insists he ain't a right-wing jerk. Really.
Some of my readers have a warped view of my political bent.
By: AL DIAMON  |  March 11, 2009

Here it comes again

Gov. Baldacci's stupid approach to tax reform.
Is it possible to tax stupidity? If so, Maine could generate enough revenue to eliminate the income tax, property tax, excise tax, inheritance tax, and sales tax.
By: AL DIAMON  |  March 04, 2009

Stuck in the middle with you

Alliance for Maine's Future thinks the Maine Legislature needs more moderates.
On the surface, moderation appears to be a simple concept. Avoid extremes. Seek compromise. ... It's sort of like being a hypocrite, except without most of the fun parts.
By: AL DIAMON  |  February 25, 2009

I wanna know all about you

Politics and other mistakes
Here at the Hernia Hill Institute of Unquantifiable Econometrics and Daytime Drinking, internationally renowned scholars are constantly thinking about Maine's fiscal crisis. Except during happy hour.
By: AL DIAMON  |  February 18, 2009


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