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Be Progressive

What Jeff Inglis and Deirdre Fulton fail to address in their coverage of Barack Obama.
Obama the non-progressive
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  December 23, 2008
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Four Greens fight for their party’s nomination

Supporters of Cynthia McKinney say that choosing a presidential nominee doesn’t have to mean selecting between a black and a female candidate.
Alternative Politics
By TIM LEHNERT  |  April 02, 2008

New Hampshire notebook

The day after the Iowa caucuses, more than a dozen reporters and a hundred or so citizens, trudged to New England College to watch Mike Huckabee get down with Chuck Norris.

By MARGARET DORIS  |  January 09, 2008
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On the national affront

Where does one begin to recap 12 months of such willful self-parody?
An inescapable year reaches its inevitable conclusion
By BARRY CRIMMINS  |  December 19, 2007
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Suffrage net city

Three years ago, when the Red Sox were winning and John Kerry was losing, YouTube hadn’t even been invented.
The Web has become key to presidential politics — we rate the candidates on how they’ve put Al Gore’s invention to use
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 28, 2007

Left hook

David S. Bernstein is very well-informed about the Allston-Brighton race for the Ninth District City Council seat.
Letters to the Boston editor: September 21, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 12, 2007


Lesser doesn’t mean loser

I have to complain that by literally writing off candidates such as Dennis Kucinich — candidates who actually stand for something besides a vague sound bite.
Letters to the Boston editor: August 31, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 29, 2007
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Iraq and a hard place

Getting out of Iraq is going to be more difficult than getting in.
The Democratic presidential candidates must articulate clear exit strategies
By EDITORIAL  |  August 01, 2007
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Pushing to replace Bush

On an overcast night in early June, nearly 100 of US Senator Barack Obama’s local supporters crowded into the Peerless Lofts in downtown Providence.
Rhode Islanders are getting busy while supporting their favorite democrats
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  July 11, 2007
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Best in show

It looks as if Arthur Branch, a/k/a Fred Thompson, is about to swap Law and Order for the law and disorder otherwise known as campaign 2008.
Fred Thompson’s threatened GOP bid is making things trickier for those candidates facing another debate this week
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 30, 2007


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Size doesn’t matter

Call it the revenge of the little guys, if you will.
Nevermind the revamped primary schedule; the small states can still have plenty of bite
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 17, 2007
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The debating game

Thursday April 26 marks the first mega-event of the campaign season: the Democrats’ initial debate, to be held in South Carolina.
 A few things to keep in mind while watching the Democrats’ first debate
By STEVEN STARK  |  April 18, 2007
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Who’s with whom

For Democratic presidential candidates, Boston is the ATM kiosk on the way to New Hampshire.
When John Kerry bowed out of the presidential sweepstakes, it freed Boston’s big Democratic brokers to find a favorite.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 29, 2007
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Diagnostic politics

It’s an unfortunate fact of American political life that one’s entire personal life becomes public the minute one runs for office.
Will Elizabeth Edwards’s cancer give her husband special grace?
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 28, 2007
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Presidential toteboard: why the odds favor Obama

When Barack Obama announced his presidential candidacy, there was some wild speculation that Obama might not receive a large share of the black vote.
Black vote + uncommon charisma = quantifiable advantage
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 14, 2007


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Does Biden have the right stuff for 2008?

While the 2006 mid-term elections are over, the war in Iraq still rages.
Talking politics
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  December 06, 2006
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The constitutional crisis no one seems to understand

The dolts in Congress let the imperial presidency get so out of hand that we are now faced with a truly nasty constitutional crisis.
Freedom watch does freezergate
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 02, 2006