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Election Spectacular!

Our guide to the polls — local,  state, and national
Our guide to the polls — local,  state, and national
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 02, 2012
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Going once, going twice . . . mayor for sale

The bidding for Mayor Angel Taveras starts at $500.
Auction House
By PHILIP EIL  |  October 05, 2012
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John Silber, tough witness, R.I.P.

John Silber, like anyone, had his faults.
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  October 05, 2012
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Matt Jerzyk goes to City Hall

Not long after helping David Cicilline win election as mayor of Providence nearly a decade ago, Matt Jerzyk, then a ponytailed activist and budding political operative, made a decision that has come to define his place in the rough-and-tumble world of l
From activist to insider
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  April 20, 2012

Stranger than known

In politics, things don't have to make sense. If they did, there'd be no excuse for the Tea Party, Democrat Jon Hinck's US Senate campaign, or Republican State Committee chairman Charlie Webster's existence.
Political nonsense
By AL DIAMON  |  September 23, 2011
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Heavy burden

In 2012, collections on homes, buildings, and private infrastructure will feed more than 65 percent of Boston's $2.4 billion budget.
More than any other city on the East Coast, Boston is addicted to property taxes. Could the Hub be hitting a crippling tax-levy ceiling soon?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 19, 2011


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Urban Fest gets ugly

It didn't take long for the largely suburban horde to erupt into a frenzy at the free outdoor concert, which was dubbed, somewhat ironically, the Boston Urban Music Fest (BUMF).
Gimme Shelter Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 12, 2011
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In a rundown office, two watchdogs struggle to keep an eye on $2.4 Billion

Steps inside the entrance of 152 North Street, exposed electrical boxes dangle out of a demolished drop ceiling. Dust fills the light beams bouncing through the hallways. There's a layer of gray soot fused into the tiles of the bathroom.  
City sticklers
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 24, 2011

Got what it takes

If you haven't already done so, hustle down to Portland City Hall and sign up to run for mayor.
Why not run for mayor?
By AL DIAMON  |  June 10, 2011
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Segal weighs another race

David Segal hasn't decided whether he'll run for Congress. Far from it. But it is mulling season. And he is mulling.
Thinking It Over
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 03, 2011
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No more Mr. Nice Council

By announcing his campaign for city council, Michael Flaherty immediately unleashed the bitter side of Boston politics.
Five-way Boston bloodbath
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 13, 2011


Thomas Menino plans to run for mayor of Boston yet again

Tom Menino's final term as mayor? Don't bet on it.

Mark this down: Tom Menino, already the longest-serving mayor in Boston history, will run for re-election in 2013.  
Here He Goes Again
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 29, 2011
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Cicilline on the hot seat

It's been a brutal couple of months for Providence mayor-turned-freshman Congressman David Cicilline.
But he's not cooked yet
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 29, 2011

Mayor's race kicks off

Last week, the first three mayoral candidates filed their paperwork. So begins Portland’s first elected-mayor campaign in more than eight decades.
Getting to know you
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 28, 2011
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Double-Secret Probation: 2010's biggest Boston political scandal

In a year that started with a former House Speaker under indictment, an open US Senate seat, and a governor seemingly headed to electoral defeat, the biggest political story of 2010 turned out to be the Beacon Hill probation patronage scandal. And, if pa
As the previous Beacon Hill scandals wind down, another — a potentially bigger one — emerged this year: political patronage
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 24, 2010
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At a downtown bar: Fluffernutters and pickle juice

For a city driven, in many ways, by its youthful artist-entrepreneurial class, there is surprisingly little in the way of hipster night spots.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 03, 2010


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Kids In The Hall

Boston City Hall politics, normally a year-round spectator sport, was largely overshadowed this year by state and national campaigns. With the attention off, a surprising amount of activity has been going on — not in the mayor's office, but down the cor
A growing batch of young, progressive City Councilors is making the much-derided body relevant again
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 12, 2010

Does Portland want an elected mayor?

The campaign to bring an elected mayor to Portland, a proposal championed by the city's charter commission as well as several arts and business groups, officially launched at a City Hall press conference on Tuesday.
Local ballot
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 10, 2010

Dump at City Hall?

Thank you for your recent article about the price increase on city trash bags. When I first noticed this at Hannaford this summer, I was disgusted!
Letters to the Portland editor, September 3, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 03, 2010
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Mayor-Select Marie?

Tom Menino, just a few months into an unprecedented fifth term as Boston’s mayor, has raised eyebrows by hiring State Representative Marie St. Fleur of Dorchester to the newly created, $120,000-a-year position of chief of advocacy and strategic investmen
Some think that Tom Menino is anointing Marie St. Fleur as his successor, but he might just be serving himself
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 07, 2010
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Citizens Connect


Rapid responsiveness and service with a smile are not exactly the characteristics most frequently associated with a trip to City Hall (or the RMV or...
By Scott Kearnan  |  September 21, 2009


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Campaign Trail of Tears

Mayoral candidates Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon have looked a little like ambulance chasers of late, seizing on two recent tragedies for political gain.
Menino's challengers look to capitalize on tragedy. Plus, council candidates try to meet the tougher new ballot requirements — set by an incumbent.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 22, 2009
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Amnesty International liberates City Hall

Old-school Jamaica Plain and Cambridge hippies had better step up their game.
The kids are all right
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 01, 2009
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City Hall writes its own report card

For a guy who has resisted installing voicemail at City Hall, Mayor Menino has kind of been geeking out lately.
Seeing through transparency
By TED SIEFER  |  March 04, 2009
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Ticket to ride

In April 1999, two weeks after I started on the job at the Providence Phoenix , the FBI raided City Hall, formally unveiling the federal investigation that would land Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr., Rhode Island's rascal king, behind bars.
Reflections on 10 years at the Phoenix
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 11, 2009
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Silence of the Sam

A seemingly simple attempt to provide Bostonians a small measure of good-government reform ran aground this past week.
Want to know what your city council does? Sorry, they can't tell you.  
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 23, 2008