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AL DIAMON

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Take the gamble

Politics and Other Mistakes
Governments need stuff to regulate. Otherwise, we wouldn’t need governments.  
By: AL DIAMON  |  September 19, 2014

The E.C. plan

Politics and Other Mistakes
Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler has proposed a much-needed change in the way Maine chooses its governor. Under the Cutler plan, the only people allowed to run would be those with the initials E.C.  
By: AL DIAMON  |  September 12, 2014

Pimping and pandering

Politics and Other Mistakes
And so, the excitement of the fall political campaigns begins.  
By: AL DIAMON  |  September 03, 2014

Bear with me

Politics and Other Mistakes
It’s the fall of 2015. A bear walks into a doughnut shop in Portland and says, “Give me two dozen assorted to go.”  
By: AL DIAMON  |  August 31, 2014

Look out, Cleveland

Politics and Other Mistakes
Eric Brakey is an energetic guy. But as an admirer of sloth, I have intense disdain for the excessively active.  
By: AL DIAMON  |  August 21, 2014

Let 'em fight

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Politics and Other Mistakes
By: AL DIAMON  |  August 14, 2014



Dumb and dumber(1)

Politics and Other Mistakes
Both Democrats and Republicans in this state appear to have come to a rare bipartisan agreement to increase their production of ridiculosity.
By: AL DIAMON  |  August 07, 2014

Hard sell

Politics and Other Mistakes
Politics—like almost everything else except getting herpes—is about marketing.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 31, 2014

A little nip

Politics and Other Mistakes
You might not realize it, but while it’s legal to carry a gun in Maine (either openly or, with a permit, concealed), putting a flask containing an alcoholic beverage in your hip pocket is against the law.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 23, 2014

This is an outrage

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Politics and other mistakes
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 16, 2014

Between the dying and the dead

Politics and other mistakes
Being politically deceased, you’d think Steve Woods would give us a break by putting on a dark suit, lying down in a coffin, and closing his eyes.
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 11, 2014



All the wrong choices

 Politics and other mistakes
Reform is in the air. Olympia Snowe and the Portland Press Herald are calling for changes in the way we elect our leaders in order to restore public confidence, end gridlock, and reverse global warming. There’s a much better chance they’ll accomplish that last one than either of the other two.  
By: AL DIAMON  |  July 07, 2014

Inside game

 Politics and Other Mistakes
The university system’s decision to add Demeritt to its roster at a salary of $125,000 a year generated criticism because it was done by ignoring normal hiring procedures and came at a time when the system is facing budget shortfalls, program cuts, and layoffs. Demeritt is going to have to hit a lot of three-pointers to make up for all that negative reaction.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 25, 2014

Which way do I turn?

Politics + Other Mistakes
Bruce Poliquin has a big problem.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 18, 2014

Actions speak louder than words

Politics + Other Mistakes
LePage would prefer you withhold judgment on those actions that didn’t work out quite the way he planned. Or, possibly, didn’t plan.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 11, 2014

The old switcheroo

Politics + Other Mistakes
Flipping one incompetent LePage minion for another might work to solve a variety of heretofore insurmountable problems.
By: AL DIAMON  |  June 06, 2014



I'm not changing

Politics + Other Mistakes
Whether you live in the 1st or 2nd congressional districts, whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, you’ll have the opportunity to vote for somebody who’s promising to go to Washington and make sure absolutely nothing happens.
By: AL DIAMON  |  May 29, 2014

Good liquor gonna carry me down

Politics + Other Mistakes
I thought for sure this would be the year I’d finally stop traveling to New Hampshire to buy almost all my booze.
By: AL DIAMON  |  May 21, 2014

The truth ain't what it seems

Politics + Other Mistakes
Truth, as anyone with more brains than a TV scriptwriter knows, is an elusive quality, subject to alteration not only by facts, but also by individual whims and assorted prejudices.
By: AL DIAMON  |  May 15, 2014

Dirty words

Politics + Other Mistakes
Free speech, as envisioned by the Founding Fathers, has no place on the bumpers of your car.
By: AL DIAMON  |  May 08, 2014
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