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I don't know where I stand

When it comes to sex, there's something ambivalent about Michael Michaud. No, not that. I mean Michaud's position on abortion.
Politics + other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 04, 2013

The ProJo passes on controversial 'Doonesbury' series

Turn to the comics in this week's Providence Journal and there, near the top of the right-hand column, you'll find cartoonist and provocateur Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" in its usual spot.
As the ProJo Turns
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 16, 2012

Breaking down the cost of Brown; birth control mirth; business as usual

Mayor Angel Taveras and Brown University are locked in a nasty fight over upping the school's payments to the city. And the university's governing board has announced it will hike tuition and fees by 3.5 percent next year.
Hill hiking
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 17, 2012

Contraception Objections Denied

Unfertilized eggs just don't taste as good.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  February 17, 2012

Pledge class

Whether it's to flags, fraternities, or charities, privileged douchebags love pledging allegiance.
This campaign season, you’re not really committed to defending the GOP agenda unless you sign on the dotted line

Republicans continue to wage war on women

The Republican Party's unrelenting war on women is now being waged with such frenzied fury that sane people might well wonder if there is a GOP-wide obsession with punishing an entire gender.
Plus, Beacon Hill follies, youth violence
By EDITORIAL  |  May 13, 2011

Doing Harmon

He won't thank me for pointing this out, but Portland Press Herald columnist MD Harmon is a liberal's best friend.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 06, 2011

Progressive nightmare

The sky is actually falling for Maine progressives, whose core values are under attack in Augusta.
With their values under attack, many Mainers view this legislative session as the stuff of bad dreams
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 18, 2011

Regulating crisis pregnancy centers

New York City just passed a law that would force so-called pregnancy counseling centers to disclose, in advertising, signs, and over the phone, whether or...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  March 04, 2011

Orange alert for women in Maine

In the wake of cuts to both Title X, the federal family-planning funding mechanism that provides more than $300 million for health screenings, birth control,...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  March 01, 2011

Strange world

Bob Pfeifer's debut novel, University of Strangers (published by Power City Press, the print arm of the punk label Smog Veil Records), is a fictionalized retelling of a sensational, true-life murder case, as related in the voices of real people.
In his stream-of-consciousness thriller University Of Strangers , former punk rocker, label head, and convict Bob Pfeifer turns real life into something really weird
By BOB PFEIFER  |  February 18, 2011

Pregnant pause

The Maine Republican Party has a death wish. Over giving birth.
Maine Republicans on abortion
By AL DIAMON  |  January 28, 2011

Pro-Life Blogosphere Aflutter on Rodriguez

With Rhode Island still in the depths of an economic crisis, social issues got little attention during the gubernatorial contest. But the pro-life blogosphere is...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 11, 2010

Mass. House Barely Stays Pro-Choice

The Massachusetts House of Representatives came within a hair's-breadth of losing its pro-choice majority as a result of Tuesday's elections, but will squeak through with...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 04, 2010

Cutler for Governor

We've said before that it's time for change in Augusta.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2010

Catholics United speaks out on abortion + healthcare

A few years ago, I interviewed sometimes-Portlander Chris Korzen about his book, A Nation For All: How the Catholic Vision of the Common Good Can...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  August 03, 2010

The family is society’s glue

Mr. Inglis's article in the June 25 edition of that paragon-peddler of urban vice, the Phoenix , launches a journalistic battle in his article on the war on "progress" by the unholy alliance of the conservative right.
Letters to the Portland editor, July 9, 2010

Langevin and Abortion Politics

Ernest Greco, the latest Democratic entry in the other Congressional race - you know the race for Representative James Langevin's seat - will probably have a...
By David Scharfenberg  |  June 22, 2010

Adventures of Cletis the Fetus

The gestational generation
By DAVID KISH  |  June 11, 2010

Heck of a Guy

Scott Brown’s stunning victory in January’s special US Senate election continues to reverberate through Massachusetts politics.
Despite a history of illiberal views and a boorish reputation, Guy Glodis enters the Democratic state convention unscathed
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 28, 2010

Cover the boobs; leave the guns at home

Spring has barely started, and I was expecting a few of the usual seasonal assaults to the eyeballs.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  April 30, 2010

Relentlessly ringing freedom

Amid relentless bell-ringing (“Let freedom ring!” chanted the enthusiasts as they deprived passersby of their hearing and sanity), the Tea Party came to Portland last week to greet President Barack Obama.
Northern New England’s Tea Partiers go local
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 09, 2010

What the health-care bill really means

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed the new health-care bill into law.
Reforming the System
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 26, 2010

A black leadership silent on abortion fabrications

Last month, controversial anti-abortion-rights billboards appeared in Georgia hinting that abortion is a tool of black genocide.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  March 26, 2010

Ask A Black Woman: Criminal intent edition

Ask A Black Woman: Why are Blacks committing all the crimes lately in Maine and doesn't this say something about Black people's natural inclinations?
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  March 05, 2010

Langevin and Health Care

The Providence Journal has a story today suggesting that Congressman James Langevin could be a pivotal vote on health care reform, given the thin margins...
By David Scharfenberg  |  February 25, 2010


How Brown won

As the Massachusetts US Senate election unfolded yesterday, all that the pols and pundits wanted to talk about was how Martha Coakley managed to lose the race. And there is plenty there to dissect. But there is another part of the story, and that is how
While Massachusetts Democrats assess blame for who lost the Senate seat, the truth is that Scott Brown won it
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 22, 2010

It will not be a dull year!

The New Year is shaping up as potent dope for the political junkie.
The governor’s race, gambling, drama on Smith Hill, and more is on tap in 2010
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 08, 2010

Scott Brown's abortion problem

When the Globe profiled would-be US Senator Scott Brown last month, I asked whether the attendant description of Brown as "basically in favor" of abortion...
By Adam Reilly  |  January 04, 2010
Special delivery for Mike Michaud

Special delivery for Mike Michaud

As the US Senate continues debate on an increasingly anemic health care bill, two political action organizations are chastizing Democratic representatives who voted for the...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  December 15, 2009