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Preparing for June 8

Stuckey vs. Vincent, Capron vs. Sharif, and Barkley vs. Dini
Candidate breakdown for districts 114. 116, and 119
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 28, 2010

Can the Netroots triumph in Rhode island?

Stories of State Representative David Segal’s nascent, underdog run for Congress invariably make a nod to the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. And rightly so.
On the Hustings
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 21, 2010

Fed up and low down

Just kidding. Of course they’ll lose.
For once, the beleaguered taxpayers of Maine can’t lose
By AL DIAMON  |  April 23, 2010
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Lynch’s left flank

US Representative Stephen Lynch has held Massachusetts’s ninth congressional district since 2001 — a fact that has irritated the state’s liberals ever since.
The Southie Congressman may have pushed progressives too far this time.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 02, 2010
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Hallelujah!

The Democrats won and the Republicans lost. That, in a nutshell, is the bottom line.
Health-care reform is a new high-water mark
By EDITORIAL  |  March 26, 2010

What the health-care bill really means

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed the new health-care bill into law.
Reforming the System
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 26, 2010


Tanked

The term "think tank" looks as if it signifies something impressive.
A few guppies short
By AL DIAMON  |  March 19, 2010
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Pot bill progresses in Augusta

At the end of February, Topsham became the latest Maine community to consider moratoriums on medical-marijuana dispensaries in the wake of last November's election.
C'Mon Doc ...
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 12, 2010
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The power of money

While a cadre of conservative Democrats continues to conspire with Washington's mendacious Republican minority to block national health-care reform, the nation's largest health-benefits company — amusingly called WellPoint — is going about its business
Shame on the natoin's biggest health insurer; shame on the Black Caucus
By EDITORIAL  |  February 19, 2010

Rhode Island’s own stab at health reform

Health care reform, if it survives the election of Republican Scott Brown to Ted Kennedy's old Senate seat, will make insurance accessible and provide a slew of new consumer protections for millions of Americans.
Get Healthy
By MARION DAVIS  |  January 22, 2010

Call for health-care reform

The November 7 passage of health-care reform, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, in the House of Representatives was a very important and exciting moment for everyone who is dedicated to the idea that all Americans need and deserve access to hig
Letters to the Portland Editor, December 25, 2009
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  December 25, 2009


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Kennedy, Catholic Church, and Politics of Compromise

US Representative Patrick Kennedy's confrontation with Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin over abortion and health-care reform has soaked up quite a bit of ink.
Reform Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 20, 2009
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Has Obama peaked? No, he hasn't

Barack Obama's popularity should not be judged by the day-to-day, media-driven vagaries of politics — nor by the wishful thinking of his opponents.
Obama’s days of greatest power and popularity lie before him. But be warned: he might not do what you want with it.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 13, 2009

Look for activist postcards on First Friday and beyond

Approximately 1300 people in Maine live with HIV/AIDS, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.
AIDS Art Action
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  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

The waiting game

We know, we know: Last week, Olympia Snowe made history by being the only Republican in 2009 to vote for any sort of healthcare reform, even in committee-level draft language far from its final form.
Congress is making progress. We think.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 23, 2009


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Band-Aid for expensive healthcare

Until there's a real solution, use these free and discounted medical services
Until there's a real solution, use these free and discounted medical services
By TANYA WHITON  |  October 23, 2009

Has Obama learned from Clinton’s mistakes on health-care?

Action Speaks!, the always-enlightening panel discussion series at the Providence art space AS220, is back at it with weekly chats through the end of October.
Action Speaks!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 02, 2009

Snowe: A party of one

US Senator Olympia Snowe has maneuvered herself into a position where she is the only hope Democrats have of getting a "bipartisan" agreement on healthcare reform.
Party politics
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 18, 2009
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Merchants of death

Wall Street has found a new way to make a buck: buy up the life-insurance policies of the sick and the aged at a fraction of their cost, bundle them into bonds that will be sold to investors, and profit from them when the policy holders die sooner rath
Wall Street's latest bad idea. Plus, where the health debate will likely go.
By EDITROIAL  |  September 09, 2009

Hey, hey, we're the Monkees

The law of averages says if you put 100 monkeys in a room with 100 computers, they'll eventually write a workable national health-care bill. Apparently, that rule doesn't apply to 100 US senators.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 04, 2009


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Ted Kennedy's real record

When a 32-year incumbent seeks re-election, there is a long and well-documented record that can be examined. So it's disconcerting to note that admit all the miles of newsprint and videotape that have been expended covering the US Senate campaign, littl
A note on the 32-year-incumbent's accomplishments
By AL GIORDANO  |  August 28, 2009
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Whole Foods health-care boycott gathers momentum

Unfortunately for Whole Foods Market CEO and founder John Mackey, those who appreciate his store for the healthy, eco-friendly (read: left-leaning, progressive) lifestyle it promotes are the same citizens who support universal health care.
Human Rights Watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 21, 2009
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Interview: Jim Langevin

Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin has been in the news of late.
This Just In
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 31, 2009
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What ails the health-care debate?

If the idea of thinking about the ongoing push for health-care reform gives you a headache, you are not alone.
A: Overly ambitious Democratic plans and unreasonable Republican opposition
By EDITORIAL  |  July 24, 2009
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Avoiding the problem

Over the course of Olympia Snowe's career in the US Senate, companies and workers in the healthcare and insurance industries have been her top donors (except for retirees and retiree political-action committees, which are obviously also concerned with
Snowe misses the point of healthcare reform
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 10, 2009


Bad blood at 'PRO

The ongoing Hatefest at Salty's Joint has hit the Urinal, with an absolutely ridiculous story alleging that veteran Rhode Island radio hand, Ron St. Pierre, inadvertently "assaulted" John "The Journalist" DePetro with an 8x11" sheet of paper loaded wit
Trouble at Salty's Shack. Plus, firefighters burn their bridges and Esserman's bad attitude.  
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 19, 2009

Going to pot

The state's medical-marijuana laws, which govern how patients can access pot for medical purposes, is on the brink of significant change.
State medical marijuana law advances
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 17, 2009
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Health-care's big moneyman in New England

Lifespan CEO George Vecchione's compensation is tops in the region
Lifespan CEO George Vecchione's compensation is tops in the region
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  February 11, 2009

Primary care doctors could be harder to find in RI

Finding a primary care doctor in Rhode Island may get harder. Faced with increasing workloads, some Rhode Island internists and family physicians are reducing their patient numbers.
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By STEVEN STYCOS  |  January 21, 2009