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Gridlock groove

Everything at the State House is about to come to a halt.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 02, 2012
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How the State House’s cultural treasures have vanished, piece by piece

There have been two legendary heists at the Massachusetts State House.
Heist of the Centuries
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 27, 2012

More reverend than most reverends; an Abel challenger; hail, Olivia

Those unfamiliar with Phillipe and Jorge's childhoods are often surprised to learn that in our Wonder Years, your superior correspondents were quite the choirboys.
Holy too too
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 08, 2012

‘Blaine House Nine’ banned from Capitol Park, State House

Bet you didn't know that the police, without going to court or giving a reason, can order you not to enter public property like the State House — and if you disobey you could spend up to six months in jail.
Augusta protests
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 09, 2011

Real pension reform? No thanks; Smokin’ Joe; a call for winter coats

As Phillipe and Jorge go to press, we noted that more than 30 amendments were being proposed for the pension reform bill at the State House.
Last-minute shopping
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 18, 2011
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Photos: Occupy Boston demonstrations, from Dewey Square to the financial district

Participants in the “Occupy Boston” demonstrations (in association with the "Occupy Wall Street" movement) organizing at Dewey Square and participating in marches and protests throughout Boston's financial district.
From September 30 to October 3, 2011
By ARIEL SHEARER AND MOLLY GEIGER  |  October 07, 2011


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Rolling Rally

It would have been impossible — or at least boneheaded — to print this sort of treasure map a few years ago.
Make the most of your freedom
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 16, 2011
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Heavy burden

In 2012, collections on homes, buildings, and private infrastructure will feed more than 65 percent of Boston's $2.4 billion budget.
More than any other city on the East Coast, Boston is addicted to property taxes. Could the Hub be hitting a crippling tax-levy ceiling soon?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 19, 2011
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Governor to nominate favored lobbyist to MPBN board

Governor Paul LePage doesn't much like the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.
Up in the air
By COLIN WOODARD  |  August 19, 2011
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Do the fight thing

Union flags were flown, loud music roared, and fleets of motorcycles rumbled, as several thousand people marched for civil rights and human dignity, and, in at least one case, to scold moguls for banking gross salaries at the expense of workers.
Bostonians rising in anger -- and action -- against ableism, racism, Verizon, and Fox News
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 12, 2011
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Photos: Protests of Fox News and Verizon

Members of the Boston Media Reform Network (BMRN) protest Fox News at Beacon Hill on August 4, 2011; Verizon field workers and their allies protested Verizon at Post Office Square also on August 4, 2011.
From Beacon Hill to Post Office Square | August 4, 2011
By KELLY DAVIDSON AND TIM KENNEDY  |  August 12, 2011


Boston Convention Center - Urban League

With the Urban League conference coming next week, Boston's movers and shakers are scrambling to project a progressive racial image

After years of trying to convince groups with large minority membership that the Hub is now a welcoming, friendly destination for African-Americans, this is the first big organization to test the theory.
Showtime for New Boston
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 22, 2011

All that you paid for

I've got some deals for you.
Tax dollars
By AL DIAMON  |  July 01, 2011
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End of the innocence

As the legislative session ends, the amount and nature of Governor Paul LePage's political influence has become clearer.
Gubernatorial Scorecard
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 01, 2011
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General Assembly turns a cold shoulder on the homeless

Rhode Island's itty-bittyness is, of course, a handicap from time to time. But it is also a source of opportunity.
Economics Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 24, 2011
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Angry art: ''Rhode Island Blows''

A few months back, openly gay Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox backed away from a same-sex marriage bill, which he believed would not pass, and threw his support behind civil unions.
Design Dept.
By GREG COOK  |  June 17, 2011


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Cleaning up after DiMasi

The trial of former House Speaker Sal DiMasi is still ongoing, but Massachusetts voters don't need a verdict to recognize that the pay-for-play culture on Beacon Hill is even sleazier and more freewheeling than imagined.  
Plus, funding the HIV battle, and Sunday's AIDS Walk
By  |  June 03, 2011
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How the GOP rammed through huge changes in Maine’s health-care system

When Governor Paul LePage boarded a plane for an unscheduled Jamaican vacation in early April, Maine moderates and progressives breathed a sigh of relief.
Republicans unleashed
By COLIN WOODARD  |  June 03, 2011
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Rhode Island's urban agenda

If you care about Rhode Island's struggling cities, this is — to put it mildly — a rather important moment.
State of the City
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 06, 2011
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Back from vacation

Governor Paul LePage recently returned from a Jamaican vacation, which provided fodder for some political controversy, and probably helped him avoid getting into new messes.
Gubernatorial Scorecard
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 06, 2011
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Prayers for Atheists take it personally

Prayers for Atheists follow up their 2009 debut EP with a full-length punk scorcher, New Hymns for an Old War .
Rising against
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 06, 2011


Pot legalization bill release set for tomorrow at 10 am


Representative Diane Russell, a Democrat from Portland, will release An Act to Legalize and Tax Marijuana at Portland City Hall at 10 am tomorrow. The...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  April 19, 2011
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Not tough enough?

Amid massive deficits and escalating pension problems, a certain tough guy chic has taken hold in State Houses across the country.
While governors nationwide slash their way out of crisis, Chafee plays Mr. Nice Guy
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 15, 2011

Build on each other

Why is that when one Maine news outlet breaks a big story, the others spend more energy trying to copy it, rather than extend it? Take the most recent example, the labor mural dispute.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 08, 2011

Build on each other

Why is that when one Maine news outlet breaks a big story, the others spend more energy trying to copy it, rather than extend it? Take the most recent example, the labor mural dispute.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 08, 2011

Build on each other

Why is that when one Maine news outlet breaks a big story, the others spend more energy trying to copy it, rather than extend it? Take the most recent example, the labor mural dispute.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 08, 2011


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Rhode Island's ticking time bomb

This is a story about the pension crisis that's tearing apart Providence and Central Falls and just might lay waste to the whole goddamn state.
A fun, easy-to-understand guide to the pension crisis that could destroy everything you care about (or not)
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 25, 2011

Don't do that

Republicans and libertarians share many similarities. For instance, members of both groups are generally equipped with bladders.
What the GOP, libertarians, and jellyfish have in common
By AL DIAMON  |  March 25, 2011
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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
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 25, 2011

Rally to support Wisconsin labor Tues at Mass. State House -- or just send pizza


As the historic protests in Wisconsin compete with the historic popular uprisings in the Middle East, Massachusetts labor organizers are rallying in solidarity with WI...
By Carly Carioli  |  February 22, 2011