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Liberal warrior

When it comes to his signature issues — climate change, campaign finance reform, tax fairness — Whitehouse makes little secret of his approach: marshal the facts, hammer the Republicans, and embarrass them into action.
Sheldon Whitehouse is attacking the obstructionist GOP head-on. Will it work?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 12, 2013


Governor Paul LePage famously (and perhaps in jest) threatened to punch MPBN reporter AJ Higgins in the face, back during the 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 11, 2013

G(rand) O(ld) P(ricks)

For years, I've chronicled in the Phoenix the dwindling ranks of Republican women in elected office, and suggested that their absence will ultimately hurt the GOP.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 19, 2012

Goodbye, Azeroth

In the wake of the scandalous discovery that Democratic state Senate candidate Colleen Lachowicz of Waterville is a devotee of the online game World of Warcraft, the Maine Republican Party has prepared a list of acceptable leisure-time activities for i
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 19, 2012

Collins on the outside looking in; A couple of history lessons

This week, WPRI-TV followed through on its boneheaded decision to exclude independent Congressional candidate Abel Collins from a debate featuring Congressman James Langevin and Republican challenger Michael "Who he?" Riley.
Fiasco at WPRI
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 12, 2012

How much damage could a President Romney do? Let us count the ways

Mitt Romney's penchant for saying whatever he thinks might get him elected creates a challenge for a country eager to discern what he would actually do as president.
One Nation Under Mitt
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 05, 2012


Can Richard Tisei cure the GOP’s homophobia?

Two weekends ago, the elites of the Massachusetts LGBT community gathered at the Marriott Copley for the 31st annual Human Rights Campaign (HRC) New England Dinner Gala.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 05, 2012

Scott Brown vs. the GOP

This Thursday brings the first debate of Massachusetts's blockbuster US Senate campaign.
Talking Politics
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 21, 2012

The campaign gets serious; Lombardi lets loose; the GOP needs a hug

Phillipe and Jorge are a bit disappointed that Little Rhody's Theater of the Absurd iss closed following the First Congressional District Democratic primary Tuesday.
The curtain comes down
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 14, 2012

Loving the enemy

Nobody hates Republicans more than other Republicans.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  September 07, 2012

We Built It

The GOP slogan.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  September 07, 2012


The GOP has the nominee from Massachusetts, but Barack Obama’s convention will have more of a Bay State flavor

When the Democratic National Convention convenes next week, delegates will be gathering in North Carolina to renominate a man born in Hawaii, raised in Kansas, and officially residing in Illinois.
A Wicked Good Convention
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 31, 2012

Why Menino should veto the redistricting plan; plus, the GOP’s Tampa exploits

You didn't need a PhD in political science to predict that the Boston City Council's redraft of the boundaries delineating neighborhood council seats would meet with shouts of protest.  
Minority report
By EDITORIAL  |  August 31, 2012

Akin is the GOP

Republican Congressman and Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin is only guilty of saying what the Republican Party officially thinks.
And don't be fooled — Romney and Ryan are enemies of women
By EDITORIAL  |  August 24, 2012

How does Doherty measure up?

After Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown pulled off his stunning victory in the January 2010 special election to fill Senator Ted Kennedy's seat, every political reporter and strategist in New England was eager to anoint the next truck-driving, populi
Can Rhode Island's GOP hopeful win over voters like golden boy Scott Brown?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 24, 2012

Yet another Jill Stein puff piece

I meant for this to be a hatchet job — with the silver noggin of Jill Stein, the Green Party nominee for president of the United States, on the butcher block.
Or, how I learned to stop worrying and vote third party
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 24, 2012

Live Coverage: RNC 2012 updates

Live dispatches from the RNC.
David S. Bernstein and Chris Faraone cover the convention
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 24, 2012

Flunking out

I'm surprised Republican Governor Paul LePage hasn't stumbled over the obvious solution to reforming Maine's education system.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  August 17, 2012

Viral Campaign Videos

Hide your jobs, hide your assets.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  August 17, 2012

Rx, Republican Style

To understand what a dangerous and reactionary force the Republican Party has become, you need to look no further than its jack-booted opposition to the idea that, in the 21st century, all Americans deserve access to affordable health care.
The GOP's shame, America's peril
By EDITORIAL  |  July 06, 2012

Memory lapse

I asked some Republicans what they knew about Patrick Calder, the guy who came within 300 votes of being the GOP's 1st Congressional District nominee and is now being hailed as one of the party's rising political stars.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  June 29, 2012


GOP runners for federal office get squirrely; Dems and independents share answers

This year's candidate questionnaire was little different from past years.
Dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 01, 2012

Never mind the bollocks

In the wake of its chaotic state convention, the Maine Republican Party has cleverly positioned itself to appeal to a whole new segment of the public: Anarchists.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  May 18, 2012

Mitt & the GOP Boys’ Club

Last week, Barack Obama's re-election campaign launched a Web slide show, "The Life of Julia," depicting a woman helped throughout her years by Obama policies, and warning that — if elected — Mitt Romney would undo all of them.
Romney needs to reach out to women voters, but his party has few who can help him do it
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 11, 2012

‘30,000 drones’ over America and other stories

"You are now being watched by 30,000 drones," Second District congressional primary candidate Blaine Richardson dramatically told the 3000 people assembled at the Republican State Convention in Augusta on May 5.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 11, 2012

Measuring up; the GOP isn’t making friends; get some soup

Phillipe and Jorge would suggest that anyone in Vo Dilun's First Congressional District with a stock of empty milk cartons to stand on or telephone books to sit on get in contact with the campaign offices of David "Little Chi-Chi" Cicilline and Antknee
You must be this tall . . .
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 20, 2012

Progressives rally against rushed GOP agenda

As the rush to late-April legislative adjournment begins, much is at stake for people who want to help the needy (or are needy), or value a fair tax system, or treasure Maine's unspoiled woods and shores, or want government to be run openly — in short,
Legislative threats
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 06, 2012

God listens to Santorum's speech

The Almighty follows the progress of the GOP candidates.
By KARL STEVENS  |  March 16, 2012

Mitt Romney's Southern Pander-ama

He's rich, y'all!
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  March 16, 2012

Elaborate Paranoid Thoughts at 3 am

"What if the Muppets are really a right-wing conspiracy? ... "
By KARL STEVENS  |  February 24, 2012