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Democrats celebrate victory in the face of defeat

Senator Dawn Hill, of Cape Neddick, the lead Democrat on the Legislature's Appropriations Committee, which fashioned the recently passed $6-billion state budget, explained to the Phoenix why she voted to reduce income and estate taxes on the rich whi
They cozy up to Republicans and the rich
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 01, 2011

Liquored up + lacquered down

It's possible that every member of the 125th Maine Legislature is dead drunk.
Maine's senators need to sober up
By AL DIAMON  |  June 24, 2011
DiMasi and some vague justice

Curbing corruption with a catch-all

Sal DiMasi is no saint, but that doesn't mean he's a criminal. His behavior makes us grimace, but it simply doesn't amount to a state or federal felony.
Vague Justice?
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 24, 2011

Washington gets serious about cybersecurity

With Republicans in control of the House of Representatives, Democrats in control of the Senate, and both parties focusing on next year's election, there's a whole lot of nothing happening in Washington right now.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 27, 2011

Republicans continue to wage war on women

The Republican Party's unrelenting war on women is now being waged with such frenzied fury that sane people might well wonder if there is a GOP-wide obsession with punishing an entire gender.
Plus, Beacon Hill follies, youth violence
By EDITORIAL  |  May 13, 2011

Media activists aim to take over the future ... of news

Now imagine you're in charge of getting people excited about media reform — promoting things like local ownership of press outlets, a free and open Internet, and vibrant public journalism that operates outside of party politics. Besides the considerabl
'Get me rewrite'
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  April 08, 2011


Will the Catholic Church kill gay marriage?

Rhode Island’s gay marriage moment has finally arrived. And the Catholic Church just might kill it.
Inside the high-stakes battle over same-sex nuptials in Rhode Island
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 25, 2011

Little things

In the midst of the new Republican majority's mania to reduce the size and cost of state government, I offer some advice and a warning.
On shrinking legislatures
By AL DIAMON  |  January 14, 2011

Ten Little Congressmen . . .

Each of Massachusetts's 10 congressmen — soon to be nine, following next year's redistricting — are looking at the House shakeup from their own career perspectives.
The outlook for each of Mass.'s Representatives
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 19, 2010

Reliving the nightmare

Somebody should thank Scott Brown.
Massachusetts escapes, but much of the nation succumbs to the ravages of democracy
By EDITORIAL  |  November 05, 2010

Sam who?

Sam Meas was hardly a household name, even when he was running for the United States Congress seat in Massachusetts's Fifth District — and he's even less of one now that he lost.
Six weeks on the campaign trail with a barely known Cambodian refugee who's running for Congress
By LAWRENCE BERGMAN  |  October 15, 2010


What women want

It doesn't make much sense, on the surface. In the 60 years since Maine made history by being the first state to send a woman to the United States Congress, women have been regular, and stalwart, members of Maine's Washington delegation. But the state’s
And what they need to run — and win — in Maine
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 15, 2010

Going Gaga for gay rights

Maine became a gay-rights battleground again this week, complete with junior-high-style political maneuvering and pop-culture madness.
Rally report
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 24, 2010
House votes to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy

House votes to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy

    As a military wife and totally pro-gay rights advocate I am ecstatic to learn (and be amazed by) the determination of Pres. Obama...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  May 28, 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

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

Rhode Island weighs a succession drama of its own

The death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy has Massachusetts' political class speculating, in not-so-hushed tones, about the odds of a next-generation Kennedy running for and winning the seat.
Political Watch
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 04, 2009

Mass betrayal

Is the Massachusetts House of Representatives beyond all hope? Under Democratic leadership, the song has pretty much remained the same for the last decade and a half: an insular and out-of-touch legislature is lost in its own constricted and often petty
How House progressives have let you down — and why they'll do it again
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 19, 2009

Battle over open space in North Providence

Will the last large piece of open space in North Providence turn into the site of 47 single family homes? That decision currently rests with the Rhode Island General Assembly and the Rhode Island Supreme Court. The outcome could jeopardize open space p
Real estate
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  May 29, 2009

Bigger is better

You've seen those obnoxious TV ads for phony products promising "natural male enhancement." Now, here's something that does exactly the opposite.
A smaller House
By AL DIAMON  |  May 22, 2009
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Is the party over for the GOP in RI?

In a state known for its political obsessions, there is remarkably little in the way of rabid protest here.
A disastrous election in '08. A depleted war chest. Dismal approval ratings for the outgoing governor. Yet the faithful see hope for a Republican revival
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 15, 2009


Equal rites?

New England has made a pretty good case, in recent years, for America's capital of queer. 
Why has Rhode Island lagged behind the rest of New England on same-sex marriage legislation?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 10, 2009

Equal scary people

I have nothing against people who've had the misfortune of being born in other nations. Unless they're from Chad.
Should foreigners -- like folks from NH -- vote in Maine?
By AL DIAMON  |  April 10, 2009
You Say “DiMasi” – I Say “Arrivederci”

You Say “DiMasi” – I Say “Arrivederci”

When George Bush was elected president in 2000, thinking folks were angry that so-called everyday Americans voted Republican because, allegedly, they wanted to chug beers...
By Chris Faraone  |  January 27, 2009

Congress bans kids from libraries?

Is it possible that Congress has just inadvertently turned millions of children’s books into contraband?
New safety law may prohibit children under 12 from libraries – or make many books illegal
By LISSA HARRIS  |  January 09, 2009
Can't Nobody Hold DiMasi Down

Can't Nobody Hold DiMasi Down

  It would be tough to concoct a more damning lead for this dispatch than Matt Viser did for his piece in today’s Boston Globe:...
By Chris Faraone  |  January 07, 2009