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Red Blues: Scott Brown exposes the empty Massachusetts GOP bench

It wasn't just that Scott Brown announced he was not running in the special US Senate election — it was that it quickly became evident that he was not handing the job off to another Republican.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 15, 2013

Culinary news; carping ’bout Kimye; Republicans’ Feet lodged in mouth

When meat packer (no jokes, please) Hormel recently acquired Skippy peanut butter, Phillipe and Jorge could only think of one person: Elvis!
Corporate Elvis merger
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 11, 2013

A shot at progressive reform

With their sizeable majorities, the Democrats' reconquest of the Maine House and Senate could lead to a rebirth of progressive politics in the state — to reforms in health care, taxes, social services, and other issues.
But will the Dems seize the day?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 04, 2013

A Viewer’s Guide to Election Night

Nobody needs convincing of how much is at stake in Tuesday’s elections.
Our hour-by-hour breakdown
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 02, 2012

Gridlock groove

Everything at the State House is about to come to a halt.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 02, 2012

Get the rhetoric right

Why do some Maine politicians keep talking about businesses as "job creators?"
Letter to the Portland Phoenix editors, October 19, 2012
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 19, 2012

Working to Nab the Working Class

Just when we all thought America had become one big, happy post-racial society ( cough, cough ) where the content of one's character is the most important thing, the 2012 elections in the end might just come down to race after all.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  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

What WikiLeaks cables reveal about Mitt

Mitt Romney's recent trip overseas left the impression that the putative Republican presidential nominee was even more clueless abroad than at home.
Ugly Americans Dept.
By PAUL IORIO  |  August 10, 2012

Stealing the 2012 Election

Republicans share more with the Boy Scouts than homophobia. They, too, now live by the motto: Be prepared.
The Republicans are at it again
By EDITORIAL  |  August 03, 2012

Great northern stomp

Democratic US Representative Michael Michaud of Maine's 2nd District regularly shows up on lists of the least effective, least powerful, least respected, and least intelligent members of Congress. So, how does Michaud keep getting re-elected by hefty ma
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 27, 2012

Republicans step up to defend equality

A group of about 20 Maine Republicans announced their support for same-sex marriage at a press conference on Monday, which advocates hope is "another way of showing how people have changed their minds on this issue over the last few years," according to
Gay-Marriage Watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 27, 2012

Not your kind of people

If you're an independent, you know that one of the advantages of not belonging to a political party is that you don't have to help choose the US Senate nominees for the Republicans and Democrats from a list of retreads, reactionaries, rejects, and rectu
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  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

The Massachusetts Republican Party is undergoing massive disruption — or finding the right balance, depending on your view

The stereotype of Massachusetts Republican State Committee members, at the local or state level, is of genteel, moneyed Brahmins discreetly delivering their contribution checks during a pleasant social gathering over wine and brandy.
Chaos theory
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 23, 2012

God listens to Santorum's speech

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

Back to the old days

I love the show Mad Men . Love the attention to period details. Love the acting. Love the characters. Love the fashions the women rocked.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  March 02, 2012

Neither Dems nor GOP are representing the people of Maine

The sad fact is that the Democratic and Republican parties in our state have been bought by large corporate interests through campaign donations and lobbying.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, March 2, 2012


Why the Republican embrace of just one Catholic issue is the height of hypocrisy

We like men in dresses as much as the next person.
Come to Jesus
By EDITORIAL  |  February 17, 2012

The Year Ahead in Mitt

Here's a quick look at some key dates for Romney, and what you might want to keep an eye on when his face pops up on your TV screen. Remember, there's a lot at stake: if he wins, you get at least four more years of Mitt-watching.
Prepare yourself for 12 months — well, at least 11 — of watching our handsome, well-coiffed former governor
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 30, 2011

QUIZ: Candidate or Criminal?

Of the 16 passages printed below, half were written or spoken by a 2012 Republican candidate for president. The other half were written by incarcerated criminals. Can you tell the difference?
Telling politicians from those in the pen isn't easy — just take their words for it
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 23, 2011

Night of the Living Newt

Newt Gingrich held court earlier this week at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP) at Saint Anselm College, as a throng of local and national media swarmed to watch him participate in an event of his own creation.
Mitt Romney has money, organization, and great hair — but Newt Gingrich has the nastiness Republicans have come to expect from top conservatives
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 16, 2011

I’ll miss you, Herman — sorta

The news just a few days ago that Herman Cain was dropping out of the race to become the Republican nominee for the 2012 presidential race kind of made me sad.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  December 09, 2011

Loughlin v. Doherty: the Staff Wars

Republican Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty's decision, last month, to hire former Rhode Island GOP Chairman Giovanni Cicione as his campaign manager and spokesman has created...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 28, 2011

A GOP Challenger for Langevin?

With election season just around the corner, the focus has been on Congressman David Cicilline and his opponents - Republican and, possibly, Democratic.But it appears...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 22, 2011

Tea Party Boot Camp

Occupy Providence is getting the ink, but the Rhode Island Tea Party keeps plugging along. The latest: the group is sponsoring a boot camp for...
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 17, 2011

Doherty Names Campaign Team

Former Rhode Island GOP chairman Giovanni Cicione is among the consultants retired police Col. Brendan Doherty has named to his campaign team for the Republican primary...
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 03, 2011