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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

Conducting tests on Maine Republicans

Highly experimental
Here at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Effects of Sarcasm and Derision on Political Philosophies, we've been conducting a comprehensive battery of tests to determine whether newly elected Maine Republicans really mean that stuff they've been saying about reducing the size and cost of state government.
By: AL DIAMON  |  November 16, 2010



Know what you're doing

Governors: listen to your legislators
Any idiot can be governor. I'm not saying Republican Governor-elect Paul LePage is such an idiot. But if it turns out he is, it's comforting to know that it won't make much difference.
By: AL DIAMON  |  November 11, 2010

The Gaggie Awards are back

Winners and fools
The Gaggie Awards are back. Not by popular demand. (But that's never stopped state Representative John Martin.)
By: AL DIAMON  |  November 04, 2010

Celebrity gossip

Candidates in their final, desperate moments
In the final days of a tight gubernatorial race, the campaigns tend to get desperate, then frantic, then crazy. That progression leads to increasingly wacky attacks on the opposition, few of which turn out to be true, although many of them ought to be.
By: AL DIAMON  |  October 27, 2010

Vote for casinos in Maine

Hit the jackpot
If you're opposed to casinos in Maine, there's one way to make certain the state won't be overrun with noxious gambling emporiums sucking up every dollar of disposable income we have left: vote in favor of every single one of them.
By: AL DIAMON  |  October 20, 2010

Be careful what you say about Libby Mitchell

Old and in the way
You can get in a lot of trouble if you use the words "Libby Mitchell" and "old" in the same sentence.
By: AL DIAMON  |  October 13, 2010


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