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Everybody hates lobbyists
A majority of respondents said being paid to convince elected officials how to vote is the world's least respectable occupation — except for actually being an elected official.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 27, 2011

Marriage madness

The homophobe agenda
Around 300 BC, the Greek dramatist Menander wrote something that, roughly translated, reads, "Marriage, to tell the truth, is an evil, but it is a necessary evil."
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 20, 2011

Big boss man

Talking politics
"Government should be run like a business."
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 13, 2011

Registration day blues

Registering on election day
When it comes to politicians debating important issues, I prefer them to get down and dirty.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 06, 2011

All that you paid for

Tax dollars
I've got some deals for you.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 29, 2011

Liquored up + lacquered down

Maine's senators need to sober up
It's possible that every member of the 125th Maine Legislature is dead drunk.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 22, 2011

Big man got the money

State treasurers
Until now, being state treasurer was like being a septic tank. Both attract attention only when something goes wrong.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 15, 2011

Got what it takes

Why not run for mayor?
If you haven't already done so, hustle down to Portland City Hall and sign up to run for mayor.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 08, 2011

Strange bedfellows

Grossman conspires with wingnuts
It doesn't get weirder than this. A liberal Democrat from California wants to help conservative Republicans in Maine find somebody to run against moderate GOP US Senator Olympia Snowe.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 01, 2011

We are family

The Maine Republican Party
Campaigning for office is easy. It's governing that's hard.
By: AL DIAMON  |  May 25, 2011

Coughing fits

The tobacco tax
Smoking isn't one of my many vices. But that doesn't mean I have something against those who've chosen that method of killing themselves. It's not like their addiction makes them bad people.
By: AL DIAMON  |  May 18, 2011

Going, gone

LePage should just resign
Republican Governor Paul LePage should do himself, his party, and his state a favor by pulling a Sarah Palin and resigning.
By: AL DIAMON  |  May 12, 2011

Your credibility's shot

Dennis Bailey's political advice falls flat
He used his ability to appeal to a significant minority of the electorate to propel himself and his pals into the governor's office.
By: AL DIAMON  |  May 04, 2011

Driving in circles

I have Peter Mills's E-ZPass.
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 27, 2011

Middle of the road

LePage pleases everyone -- sort of
LePage has accomplished something no Maine governor has ever been able to achieve: He's spread joy across the entire ideological spectrum.
By: AL DIAMON  |  April 20, 2011

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

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