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LePage and Pingree steal each other's material

Look like twins
Democratic US Representative Chellie Pingree does this hilarious imitation of Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage.
By AL DIAMON  |  October 07, 2010

Plan B

Post-primary predictions
With the end of the long primary campaign, Mainers are facing an ugly reality.
By AL DIAMON  |  June 09, 2010

Your words are not your own

Less Otten. More Originality.
Plagiarism is a serious charge.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 12, 2010

Wrote a song for everyone

Name that tune
Political experts know the most important factor in a successful race for governor is the campaign song.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 05, 2010

A fool for everyone

Trimming the flab from the governor's race
Time to dispose of a few inconsequential gubernatorial candidates.
By AL DIAMON  |  January 20, 2010

Instead of cuts: guts

Raise taxes on the rich? Only one candidate says ‘yes’?
Let’s assume, reader, that you’re concerned about economic and social justice. For those in real need — people who are poor, sick, old, mentally ill, addicted, disabled — you want decent care. You’re concerned, too, about proper funding of schools, community colleges, and university campuses.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 06, 2010

The winner and other losers

The governor's race, brought to you by “Internet Riches Made Easy”
By my count, there are approximately 14,308 people running for governor of Maine.
By AL DIAMON  |  October 07, 2009

Going Green: July 10, 2009

Smart solar
Maine will never be a leader in wind-energy development, says Richard Silkman, co-founder and -manager of a firm that could revolutionize the way we address energy issues in this state and throughout the region. "We missed our chance," he stated flatly during a presentation at the Maine Audubon Society in June.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 08, 2009

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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

Here come the bugs

Politics and other mistakes
I'm not one of those people who assumes that just because somebody casually mentions they're thinking about running for governor of Maine in 2010, that they should be restrained, subjected to electro-shock therapy, and deported to someplace where they can't do any harm.
By AL DIAMON  |  November 19, 2008

Plum Creek watchdog

Press releases
Thanks to a Phoenix reader, Maine residents now know something the Portland Press Herald was not telling them.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 19, 2007

Gov: Cut services while I travel overseas

While Baldacci takes lobbyists’ money for a trip, his wife bills taxpayers
Lobbyists and campaign contributors are among the private interests paying for Governor John Baldacci’s upcoming trip to Asia, though the state forbids officials from accepting gifts.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 24, 2007

War, peace, and Robert Pinsky

The season's fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
Every few years, a fall publishing season emerges that should remind us that Boston could be the literary epicenter of America.
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  September 12, 2007

Someone I used to know

Politics and other mistakes
Nobody can accuse Democratic 1st District congressional candidate Chellie Pingree of being blindly loyal to an old pal.
By AL DIAMON  |  August 22, 2007

Save it for the next one

Politics and other mistakes
If you had to come up with his name, you could always Google “governors, irrelevant.”
By AL DIAMON  |  August 08, 2007

Always late

Politics and other mistakes
Once in a while, I write a column in which I don’t make any snide remarks.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 30, 2007

This could be a possibility

 Politics and other mistakes
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about Democratic state Senator Ethan Strimling of Portland and his plans to run for the 1st Congressional District seat in 2008 (see "Scary Guy," December 15).
By AL DIAMON  |  December 27, 2006

Scary guy

 Politics and other mistakes
Three words that cause Maine Republicans to become panic-stricken and lose control of their bodily functions...
By AL DIAMON  |  December 13, 2006

Visit Maine

Tourism promotion’s cozy—and now hot—world
This past spring, blogger and free-lance Web site designer Lance Dutson was sued by the Maine Office of Tourism’s New York advertising agency, Warren Kremer Paino, for defamation because of the manner in which he criticized the agency’s promotion of Maine, particularly in its advertising on the Internet.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 22, 2006

Press Herald for sale?

Maine’s largest newspaper could have a new owner in the next two years
Union officials negotiating new contracts at three Maine daily newspapers — the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram , the Waterville-based Morning Sentinel , and the Augusta-based Kennebec Journal — have begun to assume that the papers will soon be for sale.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 24, 2006

The Left is reorganizing

Progressives take a page from the Right
This spring, after a vicious internecine battle, two of the state’s most successful liberal political-action groups collapsed: the Maine Citizen Leadership Fund (MCLF) and the closely allied Dirigo Alliance.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 12, 2006

Angst by numbers

Politics and other mistakes
Could hordes of illegal aliens decide Maine’s gubernatorial election?
By AL DIAMON  |  June 28, 2006

Too much posse

Politics and other mistakes
John Richardson has lots of friends in the Legislature. Unfortunately for him, they may be the wrong friends.
By AL DIAMON  |  June 07, 2006

You promised

Show Eder the money
Portland representative John Eder wishes he had more friends in the capitol these days. Since supposedly securing funds last March for an unprecedented “arts incubator” to support the creative economy in Portland, Eder says the state has given him the run-around. Now, the $500,000 he was promised has disappeared.
By SARA DONNELLY  |  February 01, 2006
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Sticking it to political reformers

Power play gives State House Democrats control of 'nonpartisan' activist group
State House Dems don't get mad, they get even.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 12, 2006

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