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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
| 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
| June 24, 2011
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.
| 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.
| 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
| 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'
| 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
| February 25, 2011
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
| 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
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
| November 05, 2010
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
| 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
| 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.
| September 24, 2010
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...
| 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
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.
| 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.
| September 04, 2009
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
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
| 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
| May 22, 2009
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
| May 15, 2009
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?
| 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?
| April 10, 2009
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...
| 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
| January 09, 2009
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:...
| January 07, 2009
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