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Using the Constitution’s protections — all at once

On the occasion of this week's 225th birthday of the US Constitution, I wanted to embrace our culture's all-or-nothing ethos, by not just exercising all of my Constitutional rights, but using as many as possible all at once.
In my rights mind
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 21, 2012

The Making of Paul LePage, Part 2

Governor Paul LePage has made plenty of waves in his first year in office, and has many wondering where his sometimes provocative political attitudes come from. In this two part series we ask: who is Paul LePage?
Rise to Power
By COLIN WOODARD  |  January 20, 2012

Bronski: Thoughts on the 7th Anniversary of marriage equality in Massachusetts

At the same time that we celebrate the seventh anniversary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts granting same-sex couples the right to marry, we must renew...
By Michael Bronski  |  May 17, 2011
The case for capturing bin Laden alive: we’re a nation of laws not bullets

The case for capturing bin Laden alive: we’re a nation of laws not bullets

 A friend asked earlier this week what I thought of President Obama's late-night speech to the nation, announcing the death of Osama bin Laden, in...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  May 09, 2011

John Birch Society alive and confused in Maine

The Maine arm of the John Birch Society, founded in 1958 to combat communist influence in government, visited the State House in Augusta last week, calling for legislators to, well, do nothing, as it turns out.
Out of the woodwork
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 28, 2011

The 13th Annual Muzzle Awards

A year and a half into the Age of Obama, we are learning a lesson we should have figured out long ago — that repression, once in place, is rarely rolled back all the way, and that liberals no less than conservatives are reluctant to give up power.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 02, 2010

Agree to disagree

I’ve been going with a wonderful guy for a couple of years. He is just a very nice person and that, it would seem, is the problem.
 Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  June 25, 2010

Will Beacon Hill be bullied into enacting a politically correct law?

A case of high-school bullying in South Hadley ended in tragedy this past January when the alleged victim, a freshman girl, committed suicide. Now, ramped up by the outrage over the case, Massachusetts legislators are in danger of enacting a politically
Freedom watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  April 09, 2010

Collins is farther right than Scalia?

Apparently, on the question of whether the Constitution protects citizens or all people, she is.Glenn Greenwald has a point-by-point assessment of the latest comments from...
By Jeff Inglis  |  February 01, 2010

Death by Tradition

When the newly formed United States enacted its first Constitution, voting was essentially limited to white land-owning men.
Letters to the Portland Editor, November 13, 2009
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 13, 2009

Queer eye for the Hawkeyes

This past Monday, as Iowa prepared to officially issue marriage licenses to gay applicants, both law-enforcement and state gay groups prepared for vocal, even violent opposition in America's heartland.
Gay marriage takes first steps in Iowa
By BEN FORNELL  |  May 01, 2009