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Mean everything to nothing

True tax stories
My favorite movie-advertising phrase is "based on a true story." Translated into English, it means: "more or less, a big fat lie."
By AL DIAMON  |  January 13, 2010

21st century breakdown

Ne'er has there been a sweeter gig than being secretary
The office of Maine's secretary of state has been around since we split from Massachusetts in 1820.
By AL DIAMON  |  January 06, 2010

Nobody dies

The Department of Economic and Community Development dodges the axe
Some things in life are essential — beer, the MLB Network, caller ID — and some things aren't — tofu, Jay Leno, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.
By AL DIAMON  |  December 30, 2009

Gifts of the magi

Who's on the naughty list?
OK, so math isn't Poliquin's strong point. And he's a little shaky on consistency. But are those minor flaws enough to convince Santa to leave coal in his stocking?
By AL DIAMON  |  December 22, 2009

Liquor madness

Booze restores Maine's financial liquidity
Raise your glasses and toast the financial genius who — without increasing taxes, cutting services or employing accounting gimmicks — solved Maine's budget crisis.
By AL DIAMON  |  December 16, 2009

Virtue and vice

The Maine Clean Election Act plays the errant-strumpet trumpet
The problem with being virtuous (or so I'm told) is that it has almost nothing to do with actual virtue.
By AL DIAMON  |  December 09, 2009

Idiot wind

Airship of fools
Last spring, after the state Legislature rejected a bill that could have resulted in a wind farm being constructed on two undeveloped mountains in Redington Township, a lot of people in western Maine, figuring the controversial project was finally dead, expressed their joy by doing the chicken dance in the streets.
By AL DIAMON  |  December 02, 2009

She's dead to me

Not even the squirrelly set can save her
Olympia Snowe is doomed.
By AL DIAMON  |  November 24, 2009

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

Future wounds

Brains, spines, and guts wanted
Welcome to the 2009 post-election trauma center.
By AL DIAMON  |  November 11, 2009

All the right wrongs

The 2009 Gaggie Awards for Political Cluelessness
With the end of another campaign season, it’s time to recognize those who may not have been successful in influencing voters, but were clear winners in eliciting derisive snorts.
By AL DIAMON  |  November 04, 2009

Be afraid

The Dunlap horror
This Halloween, if you want to scare the crap out of your favorite political activist — liberal or conservative — skip the fright mask, fake blood, and glowing green goop.
By AL DIAMON  |  October 29, 2009

Road hog

Bulldozing the Maine Better Transportation Association
You probably live on a lousy road.
By AL DIAMON  |  October 21, 2009

Orthodox caveman

Maine’s GOP is suffering from a muddle in the middle
Wanted: a right-wing wacko to run for governor of Maine.
By AL DIAMON  |  October 14, 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

Doom predictions

Gays into the crystal ball
Plenty of seemingly unemployable people manage to make decent livings even though they're consistently wrong.
By AL DIAMON  |  September 30, 2009

Death and taxes

We’re all going to die
Here's the simple truth about Maine's automobile excise tax: If you don't support the initiative on the November ballot to cut it sharply, we're all going to die.
By AL DIAMON  |  September 23, 2009

The song remains the same

We've got flying cars, but no casinos
Welcome to Maine in the year 2019.
By AL DIAMON  |  September 17, 2009

Sins and promises

Keeping tabs on the tweets of gubernatorial twits
Let's suppose you wanted Maine's next governor to be somebody who'd create jobs.
By AL DIAMON  |  September 09, 2009

Hey, hey, we're the Monkees

Politics and other mistakes
The law of averages says if you put 100 monkeys in a room with 100 computers, they'll eventually write a workable national health-care bill. Apparently, that rule doesn't apply to 100 US senators.
By AL DIAMON  |  September 02, 2009
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