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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

Foolish dreams

Maine Democratic Party offers a lot of freebies, beer is not one of them
There’s nothing in the Maine Democratic Party’s platform about free beer.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 26, 2010
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Less than equal

 State officials, including prejudiced human-rights commissioners, block inmate complaints
This story has a bias. It’s in favor of human rights for all people.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 02, 2009
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The 12th Annual Muzzle Awards

A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England.
With the era of repression and secrecy fostered by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney finally over, this should be the best of times for freedom of expression, open government, and civil liberties. Yet change comes slowly.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 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

Acid tongue

Politics and other mistakes
Watch your mouth.
By AL DIAMON  |  February 04, 2009
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Kicking the bottle

Water supply
As several Maine towns battle the plans of Poland Spring to expand water-pumping operations across the state, a group of water-rights activists will bring the issue to Portland this Saturday.
By BRIDGET HUBER  |  November 26, 2008

Lost in the sound of separation

Politics and other mistakes
While it’s true that candidates’ falsehoods, fibs, and fabrications make a columnist’s job easier, I could still eke out a living even if every politician in Maine suddenly became a fountain of factuality.
By AL DIAMON  |  October 29, 2008

No rules

Politics and other mistakes
The state of Maine doesn’t give away money. Except for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Economic Development, and the state treasurer.
By AL DIAMON  |  September 25, 2008

The mentally ill, criminalized

Common nonsense
She is afraid he will continue to be kept in the Supermax, which will make him worse, she says.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 11, 2008

They call me Mr. Lucky

Politics and other mistakes
Nominations are now open for the 2008 award for most politically inept person in Maine.
By AL DIAMON  |  July 16, 2008

Man of mischief

Politics and other mistakes
Let’s see if I can fill a whole column by making jokes about violent sex offenders.
By AL DIAMON  |  July 02, 2008
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The 11th Annual Muzzle Awards

Silencing free speech
Freedom of expression may be guaranteed by the Constitution. But it’s an idea we have to fight for every day.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 05, 2008
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Shields up

Press releases
Reporters around the state should mark two dates on their calendars.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 07, 2008
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Gov’t secrecy is fine with Maine’s attorney general

Freedom watch
Democratic Attorney General Steven Rowe, is refusing to defend the state’s Freedom of Access Act.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 10, 2007
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Mentally ill inmate gets care, despite state's objections

Prison watch
The guards “tortured me there,” he said, adding that he got “zero” mental-health treatment in prison.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 08, 2007
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The 10th Annual Muzzle Awards

Silencing free speech
Mitt Romney will say or do anything if he thinks it will help him become president.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2007

Waves of activism


The three federal consent decrees were a product of Maine’s previous wave of prisoner-rights activism — more than 35 years ago.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 27, 2007

Bad history

Politics and other mistakes
It’s not as if Democratic state senator John Martin of Eagle Lake doesn’t have any positive qualities.
By AL DIAMON  |  February 21, 2007
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E-ZPass on ethics

Turnpike executives cruise past the state’s ethics rules
On June 20, the Maine Turnpike Authority’s five top executives and four of their consultants had one of their “management dinners,” which the authority has held every month or so for eight years.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 03, 2006
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Augusta vs. Constitution

Redress of grievances
The Maine Civil Liberties Union has stepped in on behalf of capital-city citizens in a court battle against the Augusta City Council concerning First Amendment rights of citizens to petition the government.
By KIRSTEN TERRY  |  July 26, 2006

The restoration of chaos and order

Politics and other mistakes
The inmates have taken over the asylum. Go, inmates.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 24, 2006
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Election watch

No incumbent, no Green
The incumbent will not be running for the Maine Senate District 9 seat in November, as 2004 winner Michael Brennan is bowing out two years ahead of his term-limit requirement.
By ERIK EISELE  |  May 10, 2006

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