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Let them eat potatoes

Here in Maine brutal levels of unemployment continue even as the Republicans now running the state prepare to dismantle government assistance programs for the poor.
Susan Collins steps up her defense of the Maine staple
By BRIAN DUFF  |  March 18, 2011
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Factory food

Since Squanto taught the Pilgrims to plant maize, no food has been more emblematic of the evolution of American eating habits than corn. That's been true from the sepia-tinged golden age of the Midwestern breadbasket to the present day, where those yello
Why the cheap, mass-produced food we eat is killing our environment, our economy — and us
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 26, 2009
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Raising Hill

Hillary Clinton took only two questions from the audience at the end of her 35-minute speech at the American Association of Retired Persons conference.
Hillary Clinton’s ‘aura of inevitability’ might hide her weaknesses — at least until the Republicans get their hands on her
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 12, 2007
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What can Iowa teach the MCC?

The state’s top public promoter of art and culture, the quasi-governmental Massachusetts Cultural Council, has a new executive director: Anita Walker.
Under new leadership, the arts and humanities comes into focus
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 02, 2007

After the room clears

Somebody really smart wrote this, four years ago: “Maine’s influence in determining the next occupant of the White House will be somewhere between minimal and undetectable.”
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 21, 2007
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More rules for pols

Well, there are less than 21 months before the election, and the “Tote Board” is already computing the odds.
Even Richard Nixon could get himself elected today with these tips
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 21, 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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Deval’s New Hampshire Dilemma

Mitt Romney has left Deval Patrick a full raft of problems, from last Friday’s out-of-the-blue unilateral cuts to the state budget to a broken downtown tunnel system people are afraid to drive through.
Who to back, how to dis Mitt, and what about Nevada?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 14, 2006
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Hunting the wild Deaniac

Former Virginia governor Mark Warner was in New Hampshire last weekend trying very badly to capture the insurgent-outsider mantle that Howard Dean almost rode to the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004.
Mark Warner switches from right-winger to insurgent outsider. Will the grassroots buy it?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 29, 2006
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Can New Hampshire keep its first-in-the-nation status?

Few people may have noticed, but some in the Democratic Party seem intent on deflating the importance of the New Hampshire primary.
Scheduling conflict
By CALVIN HENNICK  |  August 02, 2006
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The wrong stuff

You can’t blame Democrats for feeling optimistic. In 2005, George W. Bush staggered through as rough a stretch as any modern president has experienced.
These should be the best of times for Democrats. So how will they blow it in 2006? Let us count the ways
By DAN KENNEDY  |  December 29, 2005