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You are the problem, not rich + corporations

Stop believing that Big Money has a big effect on politicians. That's not the problem with Washington. You are the problem.
Frank Talk
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 20, 2013
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Some Frank Talk for Governor Patrick

Media tea leaves suggest the odds are long that you will act on former Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank's suggestion to appoint him to fill the temporary vacancy that will result when Senator John Kerry's appointment as secretary of state is confi

By EDITORIAL  |  January 11, 2013
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46 Years of Phoenix Covers

We look back at some of our greatest hits.
A trip through the Phoenix cover archives
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 14, 2012
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Out in Maine: Summer 2012

Maine's GLBTQ Community & You
Maine's GLBTQ Community & You
By OUT IN MAINE  |  June 15, 2012
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Olympia Snowe and Barney Frank are leaving politics for the same reason

Maine Republican senator Olympia Snowe and Massachusetts Democratic congressman Barney Frank are studies in contrast.
The odd couple
By EDITORIAL  |  March 02, 2012
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Barney's Big Surprise

Long before The Sopranos and Jersey Shore introduced the nation to the ripe effusions of the New Jersey personality, voters in and around greater Boston had accepted Barney Frank as one of the more unusual players in the political game.
A working-class hero goes down kvetching. Plus, new hope in the fight against AIDS.
By EDITORIAL  |  December 02, 2011


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Boston's last congressman?

At the moment, neither the Senate president nor the Speaker of the House lives in the city. And in two years, the unthinkable could become reality: Boston might not have a single congressman residing in its borders.
Musical chairs dept.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 02, 2011

Boston's Last Congressman?


Boston may be the epicenter of Massachusetts politics, but the effects of suburbanization are undeniable. At the moment, neither the senate president nor the speaker...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 26, 2011
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Frank talk

I was pleased to see Harvey Silverglate's story about the collaboration between myself and Ron Paul in the effort to remove all federal criminal restrictions on personal marijuana use.
Letters to the Boston editors, August 12, 2011
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 12, 2011
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Are Civil (Liberties) Unions America's Best Hope?

Ron Paul and Barney Frank make odd bedfellows, but one hopes theirs is more than a one-night-stand.
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY A. SILVERGLATE AND DANIEL R. SCHWARTZ  |  July 15, 2011
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Ten Little Congressmen . . .

Each of Massachusetts's 10 congressmen — soon to be nine, following next year's redistricting — are looking at the House shakeup from their own career perspectives.
The outlook for each of Mass.'s Representatives
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 19, 2010


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Minority Blues

The historic national Republican wave, which saw the GOP gain at least 64 seats in the US House of Representatives, seemed to skip Massachusetts, which elected Democrats in all 10 congressional districts.
Massachusetts's Democratic Congressmen won their elections, but lost their power. What will they do in John Boehner's House?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 19, 2010
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C. Tsar's

It can be very good when a fine chef moves downmarket, adding focus and financial discipline to pure talent.
The former Ariadne goes back to basics
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 12, 2010

Celebrity gossip

In the final days of a tight gubernatorial race, the campaigns tend to get desperate, then frantic, then crazy. That progression leads to increasingly wacky attacks on the opposition, few of which turn out to be true, although many of them ought to be.
Candidates in their final, desperate moments
By AL DIAMON  |  October 29, 2010
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Boston Phoenix 2010 Endorsements: Steve Grossman, Martha Coakley, and Barney Frank

Far too often, politics is the act of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. This election, voters have the unique chance of choosing a candidate who is a perfect fit for the office he seeks. That is why we endorse Democrat STEVE GROSSMAN for tre
Plus, more endorsements and the ballot questions
By EDITORIAL  |  October 29, 2010
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Elephant in the Room?

The upcoming national midterm elections are shaping up as a big Republican wave.
Republicans are expected to take dozens of US House seats this year — some may even be in Massachusetts
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 15, 2010


New In The Phoenix -- Can GOP Shake Up Mass. Delegation?


In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write about Republican hopes of winning US House seats...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 13, 2010
Better Late than Never, Bill: Clinton stumps for Frank and Grossman

Better Late than Never, Bill: Clinton stumps for Frank and Grossman


Is there any scenario in which a co-sign from a former President can do more to hurt a candidate than help? Unless his last name...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  September 28, 2010

MassGOP Time Bombs?


Let's face facts, my Bay State Republican friends -- including you, Charlie Baker: in the best election cycle you've had in years to topple the Democratic...
By David S. Bernstein  |  September 11, 2010
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Kooks on classics

It turns out that some local LaRouchies have talents beyond a knack for public harassment
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By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 13, 2010
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You call this winning?

President Barack Obama scored.
Afghanistan complications multiply. Plus, Congress is heading for a weak wrap-up.
By EDITORIAL  |  July 02, 2010


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Massachusetts: You might be living in a red state if

Scott Brown’s Senatorial victory is merely the latest sign that red tides are creeping upon our once-progressive Commonwealth. Don’t believe us? Consider that Kenny Chesney sells out Gillette Stadium every summer, and, of course, that wealthy Republican
31 signs that Scott Brown’s victory is changing the face of the commonwealth for the worse
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 22, 2010

Why Martha Coakley's loss wasn't about health care -- and what Barney Frank can do about it


In the rush of numbers coming in from the polls last night, one important number slipped under the radar -- and we mis-read it as...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 20, 2010
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We're killing the oceans

I meet world-renowned undersea photojournalist Brian Skerry at Legal Seafoods, across from the New England Aquarium, where he's the explorer in residence. He orders a chicken Caesar salad.
Is it too late to save the seas that sustain us?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 20, 2009
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Taking sides

The stakes are high in the battle for Massachusetts’s first new US senatorship in a quarter-century.
The US Senate election is forcing Massachusetts pols to choose their team. Plus, Pagliuca’s plan, and the state GOP tries to get serious.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 30, 2009
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Review: Capitalism: A Love Story

In his new film about the Wall Street meltdown, Michael Moore — surprise! — denounces capitalism and its exploitation of the working class. Not that he's above doing a little exploiting himself.
Moore of the same: Capitalism fails to make a prophet
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 02, 2009


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Six for the seat

Over the next few months, as candidates for the US Senate travel the state, you're likely to hear them say again and again that nobody can ever truly replace Ted Kennedy. That's the truth. But what does the state want next, after such a legendary, la
After a tumultuous week, these half dozen are still in the mix for Kennedy's seat.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 18, 2009

Power puffs

Regarding “ Weed Picking Up Speed ”: if health outcomes determined drug laws instead of cultural norms, marijuana would be legal. Unlike alcohol, marijuana has never been shown to cause an overdose death, nor does it share the addictive properties of tob
Letters to the Boston editor, July 24, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 24, 2009
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King, as in mayor

To begin with, I'd like to set down the political and ideological frame of reference under which I try to live.
Another page from an optimist's agenda
By TOM SHEEHAN  |  July 17, 2009
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Weed picking up speed?

When the Phoenix published a cover story about the potential tipping point in the fight to end marijuana prohibition, we smelled something in the air: it seemed more than ever that such a resolution might be possible.
Just say now
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 10, 2009