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Congress is wrecked

We know Congress is broken. Really broken. Health care, immigration, civil rights. But many of us on the outside don't know just how badly broken it is, and we have only vague spectator ideas of how to fix it. What we do know is what we want, which is r
Olympia Snowe and Tom Allen explain what's really wrong and how to fix it
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 08, 2013
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After Markey, Get Set, Go

It's a matter of political decorum: when an officeholder is running for higher office, you wait until the election has been won before publicly coveting the resulting vacancy.
Talking Politics
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 22, 2013
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Who won? We did

We did it. The progressive, thinking, socially minded, involved people — people like you, the readers of the Portland Phoenix — won the election.
Getting Results
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 16, 2012
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Election Spectacular!

Our guide to the polls — local,  state, and national
Our guide to the polls — local,  state, and national
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 02, 2012
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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


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Collins ascends to senior status

While the other seats in Maine's delegation are being hotly contested, Republican senator Susan Collins gets to observe it all from her new position as the soon-to-be senior member of that four-person group.
Senate Watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 19, 2012
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Terry's Last Run: The only state senator in danger this November is the one who holds the place together

Therese Murray took over as Senate president in March 2007, which means — under the eight-year limit adopted after William Bulger's two-decade reign — that she would have to step down just two months into the 2015-2016 session.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 12, 2012

The gloves are off; Abel’s TV battle; parsing the polls

Phillipe and Jorge got a chuckle out of the recent complaint by GOP Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty that incumbent David "Little Chi-Chi" Cicilline was misrepresenting his record.
Playing hardball
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 05, 2012
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The Outsiders: Also on the ballot, and making good points

Three candidates you haven't heard a lot about from the mainstream media are, nevertheless, running for US Senate.

By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 05, 2012

Lots of hot air

Independent US Senate candidate Angus King opened a recent debate at the University of Southern Maine by congratulating Chris Sauer, president and CEO of Maine's Ocean Renewable Power Company, which has started generating electricity for the power grid
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 21, 2012


No response

According to TV spots and press releases from his opponents, independent US Senate candidate Angus King is a slick-talking, budget-busting, money-grubbing, back-room-dealing, environment-despoiling, anti-working-class, elitist scumsucker.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 14, 2012

Drinking with the devil

As the dog days of August drag on, you may be unlucky enough to encounter a campaigning politician.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 24, 2012
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Will the Senate kill gay marriage — again?

When same-sex marriage legislation died in the General Assembly last summer without so much as a vote, attention focused on openly gay Speaker of the House Gordon Fox. Had he done enough? Had he pulled the plug too soon? Had he failed the gay and lesbia
Yes, it seems — unless this fall’s elections shake up the chamber
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 10, 2012

Good side of bad things

Now for a few words in support of partisanship, gridlock, negative campaigning, and super PACs.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 13, 2012

Supreme machinations; Fox plays dumb; more bad gamesmanship

Phillipe and Jorge don't know about you, but we would prefer to have our health care options dictated by a guy who dyes his skin orange and chain smokes.
Baa-baaa, orange sheep
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 06, 2012


Goodbye normal street

The US Senate campaign in Maine is about to swerve off the blacktop, crash through the puckerbrush, and plunge into the swamp, dredging up a mass of slime and stinking muck.
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By AL DIAMON  |  June 15, 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
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GOP runners for federal office get squirrely; Dems and independents share answers

This year's candidate questionnaire was little different from past years.
Dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 01, 2012

Bruce almighty

I'm writing this before it's officially decided whether State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin qualified as a US Senate candidate for the Republican primary in June.
Will Bruce Poliquin make the ballot?
By AL DIAMON  |  March 23, 2012
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Angus for real

Barring an act of God, utter stupidity, or an unexpected explosion of well-financed excellence from one of the second-stringers who will prevail in Maine's Democratic and Republican United States Senate primaries, Angus S. King Jr. will be the state's n
In an interview, the ex-governor and independent Senate candidate explains his political views as expressed in his Bowdoin blogs
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 23, 2012


Little king

Picking the next US senator from Maine is a no-brainer, now that independent Angus King is officially in the race.
Picking the next Senator
By AL DIAMON  |  March 16, 2012

Vinny’s way with words; a couple of Bruces; kids’ stuff; a miracle in Newport

Quite a few were surprised when it was recently announced that P&J's old pal, legendary Vo Dilun boxing champeen Vinny Paz, is going to play a starring role as a WASPy US Senator in the Stage Door Theater Company's production of A.R. Gurney's play,
Love letters from Paz
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 09, 2012

Here come the weak

Watch your step. The floor might be slippery from all these drooling political consultants, an occupation noted for its lack of self-control.
Campaign advice
By AL DIAMON  |  March 09, 2012
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Great Scott

After months without new polling on the high-profile Massachusetts Senate race, four firms took the pulse of the race in February — all finding incumbent Republican Scott Brown ahead of presumed Democratic nominee Elizabeth Warren.
New polls show Scott Brown winning re-election to the Senate. That’s no accident; he’s been out earning it.
By DAVID BERNSTEIN  |  March 09, 2012

Making the ‘Buffett Rule’ LAW

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has received plenty of ink for his "Buffett Rule" legislation, named after billionaire investor Warren Buffett.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 17, 2012


What they write about

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The Maine Democratic Party's US Senate prospects
By AL DIAMON  |  February 17, 2012

White House pans SOPA

Maine's congressional delegation appears to be in a holding pattern while attempting to form positions on two bills that address widespread copyright and trademark violations via the Internet.
Online Freedom
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 20, 2012

Congress gives us all detention

The $662 billion military spending bill expected to go before both houses of Congress later this week includes controversial provisions allowing the US military to arrest and indefinitely detain, without trial, anyone suspected of terrorism-related crim
Rights watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 16, 2011
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Our quirky, compelling senator

Any faithful reader of the Providence Journal is familiar with the talents of G. Wayne Miller — a reporter with a remarkable knack for storytelling.
Profiles
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 30, 2011