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Bruce almighty

Will Bruce Poliquin make the ballot?
I'm writing this before it's officially decided whether State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin qualified as a US Senate candidate for the Republican primary in June.
By AL DIAMON  |  March 21, 2012
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Many Turnpike Authority enablers still in power

Five years on
Five years ago this week the Portland Phoenix published an exposé of the Maine Turnpike Authority executives' lavish lifestyle.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 03, 2011

Paid to play

Everybody hates lobbyists
A majority of respondents said being paid to convince elected officials how to vote is the world's least respectable occupation — except for actually being an elected official.
By AL DIAMON  |  July 27, 2011
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The LePage Files

Confidential administration dossiers show governor is skilled at copying corporate and lobbyist wish lists
Confidential administration dossiers show Governor Paul LePage crafted significant portions of his regulatory reform agenda by literally copying and pasting passages from the memos his staff received from corporate lobbyists and their clients, turning swaths of it into little more than a set of giveaways to favored companies.
By COLIN WOODARD  |  July 20, 2011

All that you paid for

Tax dollars
I've got some deals for you.
By AL DIAMON  |  June 29, 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

Driving in circles

E-ZPassing
I have Peter Mills's E-ZPass.
By AL DIAMON  |  April 27, 2011
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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

The road goes on forever

Maine Turnpike Authority's totalitarian rule
If the Maine Turnpike Authority were a country, it'd be North Korea.
By AL DIAMON  |  March 09, 2011

The 'Urban and Rural' plan

Going Green
How’s this for a sobering statistic: by 2035, Mainers will be spending 50 percent more time in our cars.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 15, 2010

Road to riches

The Pike gouges
The Maine Turnpike Authority wants to pay between $34 million and $56 million to build a new toll plaza in York. Don't let that huge price tag fool you.
By AL DIAMON  |  November 18, 2009

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
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Cleaning up Maine's sleaze

Politicians have left it to the people
When tourists admire Maine's picturesque waterfronts, they aren't close enough to smell the barrels reeking with rotting lobster bait.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 18, 2009

Turnpike tolls go up - again

Cost of living
As if living in Maine wasn't expensive enough, on Sunday, tolls on the Maine Turnpike will increase for the second time in four years, and a year earlier than originally planned.
By KATRINA BOTELHO + JEFF INGLIS  |  January 28, 2009

Way to normal

Politics and other mistakes
No offense, but you're totally unqualified to decide who my wife's boss is.
By AL DIAMON  |  December 10, 2008

Road hog

Politics and other mistakes
I got the idea for this week's column from somebody I was talking to on the phone a couple of months ago. Trouble is, I can't remember who.
By AL DIAMON  |  December 03, 2008

Scars and souvenirs

Politics and other mistakes
The campaign is over. Now for the fun stuff.
By AL DIAMON  |  November 05, 2008

Beatin’ the odds

Politics and other mistakes
Imagine this: A developer suddenly shows up in your rundown little town and announces plans for a multi-million-dollar project.  
By AL DIAMON  |  October 16, 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
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Everyone’s a neocon now

Looking back on state politics — and forward
In the eight years I’ve covered the State House for the Portland Phoenix, I’ve been struck by the depressingly constant themes.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 21, 2007
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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

The highway kind

Politics and other mistakes
For critics of government excess, the Maine Turnpike Authority is a big target. You can even see it from outer space.
By AL DIAMON  |  October 17, 2007
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Ethics update

Long state-agency hangover from that $295 bottle of wine
Fewer than half of 126 quasi-governmental state agencies say they have ethics rules.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 28, 2007
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Maine’s most massive screw-ups in 2006

Stuff that just should never have happened
2006, we’re going to miss you.
By JEFF INGLIS AND SARA DONNELLY  |  December 20, 2006
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Funny numbers

It’s not Maine, it’s the ads about Maine that bring tourists here
Maine spends more than two million dollars a year advertising our scenery to out-of-staters. Visit Maine: Tourism promotion’s cozy—and now hot—world. By Lance Tapley
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 20, 2006
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Law to address state ethics shortcomings

Baldacci responds to abuses first revealed in the Phoenix
Three weeks after the Portland Phoenix first reported that Maine Turnpike Authority officials had been treated to a $1342 dinner at a posh Portland restaurant, Governor John Baldacci has asked all so-called “independent” state agencies to adopt a code of ethics if they do not already have one.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 23, 2006
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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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Bus stopped

Portland's public transit system gets around. So why are we still so tied to our cars?
It is a bit dismaying that public transportation gets so little consideration here, particularly in Portland and its environs, where the buses are frequent and plentiful enough to make them a viable transportation choice.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  April 12, 2006

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