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Glorification of failure

The Maine Democratic Party
The last time the Maine Democratic Party had a competitive candidate in a statewide political race was in 2006, when John Baldacci was re-elected governor. And that was hardly a landslide. Even with Baldacci's incumbency, he got barely 38 percent of the vote.
By AL DIAMON  |  March 28, 2012

Get it together

Going green
"Political leaders, no matter the party, often can be barometers for public sentiment."
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 28, 2011
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Can Maine's Democrats come back from the dead?

Or have they been Republicans for too long?
Let's skip over several huge problems the Maine Democratic Party faces as it tries to recover from its historic losses in November, when for the first time since 1964 the Republicans took control of both houses of the Legislature and the governorship.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 19, 2011

Less of you

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

Spookin' the horses

Scary trumps stupid every time
Move over, Freddy Krueger. Here come the real scary monsters: Libby Mitchell and Paul LePage.
By AL DIAMON  |  June 16, 2010

Your words are not your own

Less Otten. More Originality.
Plagiarism is a serious charge.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 12, 2010
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Ted Kennedy's real record

A note on the 32-year-incumbent's accomplishments
When a 32-year incumbent seeks re-election, there is a long and well-documented record that can be examined. So it's disconcerting to note that admit all the miles of newsprint and videotape that have been expended covering the US Senate campaign, little has been said of what Ted Kennedy has or hasn't accomplished.
By AL GIORDANO  |  August 26, 2009

Low expectations

Talking Politics
There are some important qualities I'd like to see in the next governor of Maine. But they're all pretty boring. So let's get to what I wouldn't like to see.
By AL DIAMON  |  July 01, 2009
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Stephen Breyer may be the right man at the wrong time
Judge Stephen Breyer, Bill Clinton's latest pick for the Supreme Court, has attracted support so broad that it spans ideological and political differences.  
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 11, 2009

Equal scary people

Should foreigners -- like folks from NH -- vote in Maine?
I have nothing against people who've had the misfortune of being born in other nations. Unless they're from Chad.
By AL DIAMON  |  April 08, 2009



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Ridiculous and sublime

Maine got stranger in 2008
 Certainly what will stick out most in our minds are those wonderful hours late on November 4, when we hugged and cheered and attempted to get from one side of Empire to the other without spilling our beer.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 23, 2008

Council sinks pier deal, floats arts TIF

City beat
Three pieces of big news came out of Monday's Portland City Council meeting. Make sure you stay in the loop.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 19, 2008
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The Obama two-step

Now that we know for sure Obama is going to the dance, who’s he gonna bring as his partner?
Barack Obama lost his best vice-president option when Ohio governor Ted Strickland removed himself from consideration for the number-two spot.
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 18, 2008
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Know your superdelegates

Democratic insiders in Maine and throughout the country will decide the party's nominee
If they choose wisely, they’ll follow the will of the people all the way into the Oval Office.
By BRIDGET HUBER  |  March 12, 2008

Committee of onions and failure

Politics and other mistakes
To help me decide on a topic for this week’s column, I assembled a blue-ribbon commission.
By AL DIAMON  |  January 02, 2008
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The needle and the damage done

After the steroid debacle, how can America’s pastime possibly recover its dignity? By looking to the South African truth and reconciliation model.
Our country’s national pastime is a game stolen from the Brits, perfected by the Cubans, Dominicans, and Japanese, and best enjoyed while eating the cuisine of the Teutons.
By LANCE GOULD  |  December 21, 2007
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Saving a sinking waterfront

Redeveloping the Maine State Pier has gone wrong from the beginning — let’s get our priorities back in order
The near-identical proposals to fix up and revitalize the Maine State Pier are in as uninspiring shape as the pier itself.
By DEIRDRE FULTON, CHRISTOPHER GRAY, AND JEFF INGLIS  |  August 29, 2007
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‘Home team’ wins round two

Pier preview
In the battle for the Portland Developer Championship the score now is 1 to 1.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 25, 2007
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Park it

Both proposals for the Maine State Pier are missing something big
If you believe the Portlanders who worked on the Olympia Companies proposal for redeveloping the Maine State Pier, the competition between their outfit and Ocean Properties is simple.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 08, 2007

One day, it will please us to remember even this

Politics and other mistakes
Try these Maine political trivia questions on your friends.
By AL DIAMON  |  February 28, 2007

Letters to the Portland editor: December 22, 2006


What about York County?
By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  December 20, 2006
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Blown away

Jean Hay Bright’s fight to topple a political icon
Jean Hay Bright tried once before to run against US Senator Olympia Snowe. Snowe's tracks: How moderate is Maine's senior senator?
By SARA DONNELLY  |  October 18, 2006



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Handicapping the GOP

Who wins in a Republican primary?
Because Governor Baldacci’s poll numbers have been in the depths for over a year, three substantial Republicans are competing to take him on. Here’s the tip sheet for the June 13 GOP primary.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 17, 2006
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2009: Rants of the Right

Going where few reviewers dare to tread.
Few "respectable" publications were willing to review the year's top-selling conservative books, but the Phoenix has no fear. After wading through 2500 or so pages of right-wing ravings, your brave correspondent reports back with the following analyses.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 22, 2009

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