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Tourist trap

To hear the experts talk, you'd think reducing the state budget by up to $100 million is a task only slightly less difficult than walking into a ritzy ocean-side restaurant without a reservation on a tourist-clogged Saturday night in the summer and expec
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By AL DIAMON  |  October 21, 2011
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Shaking up the school system

Rhode Island education commissioner Deborah Gist’s take-charge style could make a winner of a state that often seems destined to fail. But critics say her free-market approach won’t work.
The Reformer
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 23, 2010
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A church remakes itself in the face of hunger

On a bitterly cold morning not long ago, Jerry Viou pulled into the parking lot at Open Table of Christ and a woman popped out from behind a dumpster and shouted, "Do you have food?''
Sustenance
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  February 12, 2010
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Starting to clear Maine’s broadband backlog

The biggest obstacle between Mainers and more, better, faster broadband Internet access is actually a very basic one: there's a lack of information about what kind of Internet service is already available where.
Mapping the Internet
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 29, 2010
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A split atop the RI Tea Party

The Rhode Island Tea Party, a right-wing assemblage best known for its tax day rally against government spending on the State House steps, was until recently run by three women — Colleen Conley, Marina Peterson and, to a lesser degree, Nan Hayden. But n
Tea Time
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 25, 2009
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The Quiet Storm

In recent weeks, Governor Deval Patrick has been receiving some of his best press in a long time — which is to say, he’s gotten very little coverage at all.
In this desperate downtime, is Deval Patrick regrouping, or cluelessly steering a sinking ship?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 06, 2009


Kennedy vs. the Catholic Church

Last week, Congressman Patrick Kennedy took the Catholic Church to task for opposing health reform that fails to include an explicit ban on federal funding for abortion. And he was right to do it.
Opinion Dept.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 30, 2009
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Our endorsements

Statewide referenda and Portland local races
Election 2009
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 30, 2009
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Your Money

We thought the bailouts were over. They're not. FairPoint Communications, the nightmare that has become northern New England's landline provider, is seeking tax dollars that could help it fulfill the promises made to regulators in Maine, New Hampshire,
Here comes the FairPoint bailout
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 04, 2009

Folie à deux

Once upon a time in Unrealityland, there were two senators named Olympia and Susan. They were good senators, always looking out for the Unrealists' best interests.
A fairy tale about government spending
By AL DIAMON  |  March 18, 2009

Carcieri pushes for Medicaid waiver

With the impact disputed, Carcieri pushes for his Medicaid waiver.
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 15, 2009


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Hey guv: stop slashing!

It seems as if there’s no light at the end of the state’s gloomy fiscal tunnel.
State budget cuts just make the recession worse
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 31, 2008

PACTS priorities are a green-transport victory

Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation Committee showed that Southern Maine’s transportation priorities are rooted in our current economic conditions.  
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 09, 2008
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Obama and McCain: Repro Rights Checklist

It’s important to know where our next president stands with regard to reproductive rights — and to remember that those rights depend on who’s in charge.
How the presidential candidates measure up on reproductive rights
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 24, 2008
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A sobering question

With every passing week the nation’s already-screwed-up economy becomes even more distressed.
Can Obama make Democrats face up to economic reality?
By EDITORIAL  |  July 30, 2008
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A sobering question

With every passing week the nation’s already-screwed-up economy becomes even more distressed.
Can Obama make Democrats face up to economic reality?
By EDITORIAL  |  July 30, 2008


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The failure of ‘tough-on-crime’ tactics

It was after midnight, and Dawn Jacques lay sleepless in her cell at the Adult Correctional Institutions, shuddering. Bathed in sweat, she stared at the ceiling for hours until it blurred.
Left untreated, drug addicts pose greater costs for everyone else 
By TE-PING CHEN  |  May 08, 2008
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Defensive budget

President Bush, disregarding independent studies from other leading analysts, has rejected our estimate for the total eventual cost of the Iraq War as “exaggerated.”
Running up a tab in Iraq
By JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ AND LINDA J. BILMES  |  April 02, 2008
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Is Homeland Security dough well spent?

“Because it is human nature to overspend on unlikely catastrophic events, it is likely that terrorists have succeeded in getting the world to overspend on counterterrorism,” they write.
Follow the money
By PETER VOSKAMP  |  April 02, 2008
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Gathering steam

As flight attendants do with pin-on airline wings, TrainRiders hosts used to distribute blue “I rode the Amtrak Downeaster today” stickers to children only.
Local train proposals seek funding, find support
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 06, 2008
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Hungry at the Holiday

Most of the food banks and soup kitchens across the United States emerged during the so-called Reagan recession of the early 1980s.
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank battles a worsening hunger problem
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 12, 2007


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Killing bills

Auto workers, oil companies, and farmers all snarling together in a pit of special interests — it’s not a pretty picture.
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 20, 2007

It affects urbanites, too

Ninety-eight cents a meal ain’t much.

By DEIRFRE FULTON  |  August 15, 2007
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Four years later

In the aftermath of a surprise attack by Egypt and Syria that overwhelmed Israeli forces in 1973, a special commission was convened to determine what went wrong.
Bush's bullshit
By EDITORIAL  |  May 02, 2007
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Get Real

Scotland has its Lock Ness Monster. And Rhode Island has its Welfare Out-of-State Interloper.  
Guess what? RI isn’t a welfare magnet
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  January 31, 2007
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The Pah-ty's ovah

For the past six years, the Republican-run federal government has been free to waste money, reward friends, and act incompetently, knowing that their misdeeds would go unexposed by the legislative branch. Nailing the GOP: New England Congressmen are si
Congressional reps from New England are poised to lead the attack on Republican waste and fraud
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 24, 2007


Beep, beep, beep, ka-boom

This article originally appeared in the December 22, 1981 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
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By HOWARD LITWAK  |  January 05, 2007
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Blame game

For Democratic partisans, the pleasure of watching Republicans lose their shirts in last week’s midterm elections was matched only by the joy of watching Republicans admit defeat.
The conservative press grapples with a very bad week
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 15, 2006

America by the numbers: Bushies 10, US 0

As we approached deadline, the US Debt Clock’s Web site says that the national debt is $8,357,484,356,949.69.
Add it up  
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  May 31, 2006

Federal anti-drug provision hits RI students hard

Rhode Island has been hit hard by an anti-drug law that bars college students with drug convictions from receiving federal grants and loans, according to US Department of Education statistics.
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By STEVEN STYCOS  |  May 17, 2006