Samuel Alito

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Holy war

And so it came to pass, Roman Catholics, Mormons, and evangelical Protestants have banded together to battle, well, the rest of us — the heathens, the godless liberals, the Hitchens-reading progressives.
How an unholy alliance of Catholics, Mormons, and evangelicals seeks to control our lives
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 25, 2010

Considering Kagan

Elena Kagan, onetime dean of Harvard Law School and current US solicitor general, is a less than perfect candidate to sit on the Supreme Court.
She’s weak on free speech, but doesn’t deserve her ‘Seinfeld moment’
By EDITORIAL  |  May 14, 2010

Impeach John Roberts

It is time for an enterprising and courageous member of the US House of Representatives to file articles of impeachment against the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court, John Roberts. The charge: lying under oath.
The Chief Justice lied
By EDITORIAL  |  February 05, 2010

Free speech for me, but not for thee

Last Thursday's Supreme Court opinion striking down corporate campaign advertising restrictions might as well have been divorce papers in the rocky marriage between the political left and the First Amendment.
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  January 29, 2010

On Sotomayor

There is a pleasing symmetry to President Obama's nomination of federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court.
A noble pick that highlights a political flash point. Plus, California's shame.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 29, 2009

The Impeachinator

From Caligula to Obama: Bruce Fein watches them all.
Watchdog Fein
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  November 19, 2008


Dictator McCain?

The only thing standing in the way of Republican John McCain assuming the powers and prerogatives of a dictator should he be elected president is the vote of a single Supreme Court justice.  
Don’t laugh: if the Arizona ‘maverick’ is elected, he’ll complete the job Bush started
By EDITORIAL  |  October 22, 2008

The gulf of Maine

With a massively unpopular Republican president leaving office, this year’s Senate election is a contest based on a candidate’s alignment with Bush.  
Senator Collins votes the Bush line 77 percent of the time; her challenger, Representative Allen, weighs in at 18 percent. Will these numbers decide November’s election?
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 09, 2008

Obama and McCain: Repro Rights Checklist

It’s important to know where our next president stands with regard to reproductive rights — and to remember that those rights depend on who’s in charge.
How the presidential candidates measure up on reproductive rights
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 24, 2008

Straight talk

It’s been a very quiet spring for John McCain.
It’s time to cover John M c Cain again — and here are ten good places for the media to start.
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 14, 2008

Courting disaster

With the price of food and gasoline running at punishing levels, it is no surprise that the economy has replaced the disastrous war in Iraq as the issue with which voters are most concerned.
Why McCain’s right-wing judicial pledge would further compromise America’s future
By EDITORIAL  |  May 07, 2008


Expanding the cloak of secrecy

Make no mistake: the Bush administration is attempting to codify Nixonian secrecy as official constitutional doctrine.
Bush’s unrivaled claims to executive privilege deprive Americans of the basic info they need to act as citizens
By EDITORIAL  |  July 03, 2007

Alito: hypocrisy in high places

The First Amendment took two big hits from the Supreme Court on June 25.
Freedom watch

Alito and Co. deal a bitter blow to American women

April 17 should go down in infamy as the date when the United States Supreme Court made it official: women don’t matter.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  April 25, 2007

High time for high principles

Every now and then a case comes before the US Supreme Court that has as much entertainment value as constitutional significance.
Why the Supreme Court should back the bong guy
By EDITORIAL  |  March 21, 2007


Snowe’s tracks

Believe the hype — US Senator Olympia Snowe’s key votes in 2005 and 2006 do, indeed, straddle party lines. Whether you like that or not depends on which issues get to you. Blown away: Jean Hay Bright's fight to topple a political icon. By Sara Donnell
How moderate is Maine’s senior senator?
By SARA DONNELLY  |  October 18, 2006
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Battle of losers

The Democratic US Senate primary is a struggle between two minor political-candidate types: the Left-wing Perennial, Jean Hay Bright, and the Mysterious Stranger, Eric Mehnert.
Dems in primary seek Senate, governorship
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 07, 2006

Advantage: Whitehouse

It was just one more in a steady stream of campaign stops, efforts that might land Sheldon Whitehouse six months from now in the most exclusive club in the nation.
The Democrat has the best shot in years to claim ‘the Chafee seat’ from the GOP
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 03, 2006

Shifting sands

No matter what decisions are made by the courts, Congress, or state legislators, birth control and reproductive rights are at the nexus of public policy, individual privacy, health-care regulations, ethical arguments, religious beliefs, and morality
Pill pressure and reproductive rights
By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 03, 2006

Where is the hate - side

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Where is the hate?

Once upon a time, no one whipped up conservative rage like Ted Kennedy.
The slow death of Kennedy loathing
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 22, 2006

Letters to the Portland Editor, March 17, 2006:

Sara Donnelly's article on senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe’s endorsing of Samuel Alito was thoughtful, reflective, energetic, accurate, and full of journalistic integrity.
Readers fire back on the issues of Maine's US senators endorsing Samuel Alito, and Portland's "missing" half-billion dollars.

Still crooning

It’s the morning of Ted Kennedy’s 74th birthday, and as the senator enters NECN’s Newton headquarters, he warmly greets Chet Curtis — who is tan and rested after a stint in his Fort Lauderdale condo — as an old friend.
How Chet Curtis became the Larry King of New England Cable
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  March 03, 2006


Olympia Snowe would protect me, I thought. I continued to believe that right up until January 31, when she voted to support George W. Bush’s Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.
Did Maine’s US senators betray women during the recent battles for the Supreme Court bench?
By SARA DONNELLY  |  March 02, 2006

Republicans, large and small

Going into the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Samuel Alito Jr., prevailing wisdom held that the acid test would be abortion rights.
Bush, Alito, Abramoff ... and Healey
By PHOENIX EDITORIAL  |  February 27, 2006


Choice in Court

With two conservative justices joining the bench, and swing-vote justice Sandra Day O’Connor now gone, the US Supreme Court announced early this week that it will consider the constitutionality of a federal ban on the procedure commonly known as “partial
With Alito in place, the high court takes on abortion
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 22, 2006

A beautiful lie

In an era when “conservative” can mean favoring federal deficits and government intrusion into private lives, and “liberal” has become synonymous with support for states’ rights and opposition to activist judges, terms like “pro-choice” and “pro-life” h
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 09, 2006

Maine Democratic Party Issues Statement on Alito Nomination and Iraq

On Sunday the Democratic State Committee, the governing body of the Maine Democratic Party, passed  resolutions regarding President Bush's Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito and the Iraq War.
By EDITORIAL  |  February 02, 2006

Fantasy World

The conclusion is inescapable: the position of the United States in the Middle East is far worse today than it was even two or three weeks ago.
The Phoenix editorial
By EDITORIAL  |  February 02, 2006