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Two candidates for Portland Water District Board of Trustees

Hydro power to the people
Two people are vying for a vacant one-year term on the Portland Water District Board of Trustees. We asked each of them to write a few words about the importance of the water district.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 28, 2009
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Portland School Committee candidates

District 2 race, with two uncontested seats
While the District 1 and at-large races are uncontested (with a newcomer in the former and a one-term incumbent in the latter), we offer here those candidates’ answers, as well as those of the two candidates vying for the District 2 seat being vacated by Robert O’Brien.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 28, 2009

Escape from the chicken coop

Politics and other mistakes
In olden times, before unlimited numbers of free-range office-seekers were allowed to be-fowl — er, befoul — the airwaves with messages less clever than that poultry — er, paltry — pun, the general rule of politics was that one dumb cluck per election season was plenty.
By AL DIAMON  |  August 12, 2009

Here come the bugs

Politics and other mistakes
I'm not one of those people who assumes that just because somebody casually mentions they're thinking about running for governor of Maine in 2010, that they should be restrained, subjected to electro-shock therapy, and deported to someplace where they can't do any harm.
By AL DIAMON  |  November 19, 2008
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Maine House candidates

Who wants to go to Augusta?
As with the candidates for Maine Senate, we compiled some biographical information on each candidate and then asked each person what they would take action on right up front, if they were elected.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008
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Running for Maine Senate

Five candidates in two districts
For this year’s candidate profiles, we assembled some basic information on each person seeking election, and then asked them to explain what their top priority would be.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008

Don't expect too much

Politics and other mistakes
"We think we will be paid. We think we will be paid in full."
By AL DIAMON  |  August 12, 2008
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Local activist will run for city council

On the move
West Ender Tina Smith, who formerly worked as a community organizer with the Maine League of Young Voters, is running for an at-large city council seat.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 09, 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

Everybody has the right to be wrong

Politics and other mistakes
The late political columnist Davis Rawson once infuriated then-Speaker of the House John Martin to the point that Maine’s most powerful politician told reporters, “Davis Rawson is a drunk and a has-been.”
By AL DIAMON  |  April 16, 2008

Extreme behavior

Politics and other mistakes
If you wanted to make the Maine Legislature look good, you’d compare it to the Portland School Committee.
By AL DIAMON  |  October 31, 2007

The League: A short history



By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 28, 2007

This could be a possibility

 Politics and other mistakes
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about Democratic state Senator Ethan Strimling of Portland and his plans to run for the 1st Congressional District seat in 2008 (see "Scary Guy," December 15).
By AL DIAMON  |  December 27, 2006

King of the freaks

Politics and other mistakes
I’d like to honor the best of the recently deceased political campaigns. Unfortunately, “best” turned out to be in short supply this year, but there was a surplus of worst. And I have just the prize for that.
By AL DIAMON  |  November 08, 2006

Planning ahead

Peace recruiters barred from schools
Military recruiters are still forced to fill their quotas — which means that despite plummeting interest, military enlistment must somehow remain as steady as the discouraging casualty rate.
By HOOTIE GIANGRECO  |  February 23, 2006

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