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Your words are not your own

Less Otten. More Originality.
Plagiarism is a serious charge.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 12, 2010

Tanked

A few guppies short
The term "think tank" looks as if it signifies something impressive.
By AL DIAMON  |  March 17, 2010
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Chafee and the hazards of a bold politics

 Tax Dept.
By the time a candidate for major office steps up to the microphone to officially declare for the seat, everyone already knows his intentions.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 06, 2010

A veteran TV reporter tries something new

On the Air
Months after leaving ABC6, investigative reporter Jim Hummel was chatting about his future over lunch with public relations guru Dante Bellini. Plans to take up with WJAR's news team, long the ratings leader in the Providence market, had evaporated with the downturn in the economy.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 14, 2009
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State House status

In a purportedly liberal state, the Rhode Island General Assembly has a stubbornly conservative bent. But can progressive politics make a dent in 2010?
Rhode Island voters, for all their supposed insularity, are an increasingly progressive bunch.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 12, 2009
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Granite grind

Same-sex marriage ignites partisan battle in New Hampshire
Much of New England joined the march toward marriage equality this year, but in the comparably conservative Granite State, its legalization has heated up a partisan battle for control of the governorship in 2010, promising that this political war isn't quite over.
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  August 04, 2009

Cicilline, the firefighters, and the politics of protest

Citywatch
It is, on some level, hard to pick any winners in the li'l Rhody's latest battle royale.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 17, 2009

Stickin' it to the poor

Right wing celebrates state budget
The Maine Heritage Policy Center, a right-wing Portland think tank, has been bragging in news releases about how state leaders have followed its advice, approving a two-year state-government budget that, among other cuts, slashes school aid, programs for the needy, and state-employee pay.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 03, 2009
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Is the party over for the GOP in RI?

A disastrous election in '08. A depleted war chest. Dismal approval ratings for the outgoing governor. Yet the faithful see hope for a Republican revival
In a state known for its political obsessions, there is remarkably little in the way of rabid protest here.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 13, 2009
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Eyes on the prize

Hold on, Linc Chafee! Dems Frank Caprio, Patrick Lynch, and Elizabeth Roberts would also like to be governor in 2010
We interrupt the Lincoln Chafee buzz fest to bring you this little nugget of news: there are a few Democrats who'd like to be governor, too.  
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 22, 2009

Here it comes again

Gov. Baldacci's stupid approach to tax reform.
Is it possible to tax stupidity? If so, Maine could generate enough revenue to eliminate the income tax, property tax, excise tax, inheritance tax, and sales tax.
By AL DIAMON  |  March 04, 2009
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Sox to win 98 in '09?

Statistically Speaking
Stat savant Nate Silver, widely lauded for foretelling the 2008 election in detail, was a baseball geek first.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 27, 2009

I wanna know all about you

Politics and other mistakes
Here at the Hernia Hill Institute of Unquantifiable Econometrics and Daytime Drinking, internationally renowned scholars are constantly thinking about Maine's fiscal crisis. Except during happy hour.
By AL DIAMON  |  February 18, 2009

What is to be done about transmission?


When thinking about improving electricity transmission, a few concepts come to mind.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 11, 2009
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The wrong man for hard times

State House Democrats need to stand up to the governor
Most Democrats see Barack Obama’s inauguration as a clear-cut, welcome turn to the left.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 04, 2009
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Hey guv: stop slashing!

State budget cuts just make the recession worse
It seems as if there’s no light at the end of the state’s gloomy fiscal tunnel.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 31, 2008

Ideas and optimism, plus more reports!

Grow smarter
Last Friday, at the annual GrowSmart summit held at the Augusta Civic Center, more than 500 people checked in on Maine’s progress.  
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 16, 2008
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Scott takes another bite at the Kennedy apple

Talking Politics
Anyone running against a Kennedy can count on a very stiff challenge.
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 11, 2008

The loud business drumbeat

Who really cares about the poor, the sick, the elderly, or the mentally ill? Keep searching.
The majority legislative Dems do not share Baldacci’s enthusiasm for these cuts, but they seem resigned to them.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 30, 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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Conservative group lands Norquist for fundraiser

Talking politics
Grover Norquist is probably best known for saying, “My goal is to cut government in half in 25 years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.”
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 19, 2007
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Guinea pigs

The future of the nation’s health-care reform rests on the tattooed shoulders of Massachusetts’s young adults
The stakes are clear: if the system works well in Massachusetts, odds are that the nation will follow. If it fails here, this approach dies.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 31, 2007

Hustlenomics

Politics and other mistakes
All human beings are born with an innate sense that they’re fiscally responsible.
By AL DIAMON  |  October 24, 2007
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It can happen here

The Minneapolis bridge collapse should be a wake-up call. Plus, a Congressional disgrace.
The American Society of Civil Engineers almost three years ago issued a catalogue of pressing needs related to Massachusetts infrastructure.
By EDITORIAL  |  August 08, 2007
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Bush's secret army

Meet the American mercenaries of Blackwater, who fight outside of the law and take direction from the radical Christian right
The 9/11 attacks provided a catalyst: an unprecedented justification to forge ahead with a radical agenda molded by a small cadre of neoconservative operatives.
By JEREMY SCAHILL  |  March 21, 2007

Tabor won

The liberals embrace defeat (a/k/a Baldacci)
If you had joined Maine’s leading liberals in kicking off the legislative session at their annual public-policy gab-fest in early January, you would have been excused for thinking the conservatives were actually the hosts.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 17, 2007

We don’t need to whisper

Politics and other mistakes
My New Year’s resolutions.
By AL DIAMON  |  January 03, 2007
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Deval’s dance with labor

Unions spent more to help get Deval Patrick elected than he did. But does that mean he’s in their pocket?
One of the most revealing currents political observers will soon be watching is how Governor Deval Patrick deals with organized labor.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 13, 2006
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Can Mitt win?

Romney’s chances of winning the GOP presidential nod hinge on conservatives’ hatred of John McCain
To understand why Mitt Romney’s dream of capturing the Republican presidential nomination is not far-fetched, you first have to understand what Rudy Giuliani is doing — or rather, not doing.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 21, 2006
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Unvarnished

In search of authentic Maine
Maine is at a unique crossroads.
By SARA DONNELLY  |  September 27, 2006

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