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Like a rip-off

Politics + Other Mistakes  
"The poor would be driven out of town. The middle class would drive themselves."
By AL DIAMON  |  February 27, 2013

Drinking games

Press Releases
It's February, and time to cut loose on a ranting bender.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 06, 2013

Stupid’s song

Politics + Other Mistakes
Here's a random assortment of stuff that makes me suspect Maine's IQ is falling faster than its economy:
By AL DIAMON  |  February 06, 2013

Drunk money

Politics + Other Mistakes
The Bangor Daily News recently asked its readers in an online poll, "Do you travel to New Hampshire to purchase liquor?" The unscientific results: 42 percent said yes, while 58 percent checked no.
By AL DIAMON  |  September 19, 2012

Ask questions

Press Releases
Portland residents concerned about the drowning death of Nathan Bihlmaier saw the advantage of having competing news organizations last week, and may yet continue benefiting from this as the investigation continues.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 30, 2012

Question authority

Press Releases
Maine journalists appear to disbelieve their own eyes, decline to do their own research, and prefer to quote officials instead of relying on independent knowledge and experience.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 08, 2012

Magic power

Energy prices – and sources
A few months after the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, my wife and I were wandering around the eastern part of that city and came upon a little antique shop, where the last vestiges of the old Communist ways were slowly being flushed out, much to the owner's dismay.
By AL DIAMON  |  February 01, 2012

Man with a load of mischief

Casinos: money and morals
According to the Maine Sunday Telegram, gambling is OK in Biddeford or Washington County, but if it happens in Lewiston, it's pure evil.
By AL DIAMON  |  November 02, 2011

Three-city news war

Press releases
The Portland Press Herald is really under the gun right now, from within and without its walls.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 21, 2011

Museum dreams

Political Paleontology
This week, we're joining a guided tour of the Maine Museum of Political Paleontology. A docent is explaining to a group of schoolchildren what's happening in a scene depicting cave people trying to register to vote.
By AL DIAMON  |  August 24, 2011

A change is gonna come

Economic change in northern Maine
Just when everything seems perfect, something always screws it up.
By AL DIAMON  |  August 17, 2011

Democrats celebrate victory in the face of defeat

They cozy up to Republicans and the rich
Senator Dawn Hill, of Cape Neddick, the lead Democrat on the Legislature's Appropriations Committee, which fashioned the recently passed $6-billion state budget, explained to the Phoenix why she voted to reduce income and estate taxes on the rich while also voting for cuts in help to the poor and in teacher and state-worker pensions.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 06, 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

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

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

Build on each other

Press releases
Why is that when one Maine news outlet breaks a big story, the others spend more energy trying to copy it, rather than extend it? Take the most recent example, the labor mural dispute.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 06, 2011

Build on each other

Press releases
Why is that when one Maine news outlet breaks a big story, the others spend more energy trying to copy it, rather than extend it? Take the most recent example, the labor mural dispute.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 06, 2011

Build on each other

Press releases
Why is that when one Maine news outlet breaks a big story, the others spend more energy trying to copy it, rather than extend it? Take the most recent example, the labor mural dispute.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 06, 2011

As gas prices go up, a public transit bill gains speed

Conservative commute
Every day, thousands of workers in who live in the Lewiston-Auburn region — where real estate is more affordable — get in their cars and drive to Portland — where there are more jobs.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 23, 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

LePage's secret bankers

How much the governor really owes, and to which special-interest groups
Paul LePage was making national headlines last week for all the wrong reasons: telling the NAACP to "kiss my butt" on the eve of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, dismissing the civil-rights organization as a "special interest" he won't be "held hostage" by after its local director expressed concern at his declining to participate in MLK Day events his predecessors had (see more  here ).
By COLIN WOODARD  |  January 19, 2011


Press releases
"Stenographers" is an inflammatory word to use to describe journalists, but it's the only accurate way to respond to news coverage of Paul LePage's inauguration as governor.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  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

2011 predictions: Winds of chance

A casino, wind-power exploration, fighting hunger, challenging Snowe, and more head our way in 2011
It's impossible to predict the future, obviously, but we at the Phoenix have peered into our crystal ball in search of important issues that will arise in 2011.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 29, 2010

LePage interested in corporate prisons

The $25,000 contribution question
In the gubernatorial campaign the controversial Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation's largest for-profit prison operator, spent $25,000 on behalf of Republican candidate Paul LePage, now the governor-elect.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 26, 2011

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

My new excuse

Whatever Colgan does, it's not his fault
Charlie Colgan isn't to blame for all the mistakes made by . . . uh . . . Charlie Colgan.
By AL DIAMON  |  September 08, 2010

Less of you

Reform is a bad idea
When the Legislature gets reformed, things get worse.
By AL DIAMON  |  August 18, 2010

Secret desires

Who's going to win the election?
Everywhere I go, people keep asking me, “Who’s going to win the election?” Often, my answer depends on my mood (which ranges from bad to horrendous).
By AL DIAMON  |  June 02, 2010

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