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Sarah Palin, Inc.

Confused commenters have no clue as to the opportunities that await Palin — because few understand the extraordinary, multi-billion-dollar marketplace that has developed for movement conservatives.
The biggest brand name in conservative politics is about to enter the burgeoning right-wing marketplace — and she's perfect for it. Ka-ching!
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 17, 2009
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Maxed out?

Rhode Islanders have grown accustomed to a certain amount of silliness in the General Assembly. It was only a few months ago that members of that august body were debating the merits of an official state ice cream.
The push to establish a credit card ceiling
By CHRISTOPHER COLLINS  |  July 10, 2009

My aim is true

I believe in having clear and achievable goals.
Talking Politics
By AL DIAMON  |  June 26, 2009
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Female Trouble

Conventional political wisdom says that for a party to oppose a woman — or a women's issue — it's best to send out a female spokesperson.
A shocking dearth of Republican female pols should have the party in a panic. So why doesn't it care?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 05, 2009
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Generation Green

Republicans have a lot to say about the immorality of saddling the next generation with our national debt. But when it comes to leaving them a wrecked, depleted, and rapidly warming planet, they are taking the exact opposite line.
Once derided as tree huggers, eco-friendly youth are now the nation's most powerful (and feared) voting bloc. So why isn't the GOP listening?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 08, 2009

They said what?

GOP leaders have a reputation for shunning science in favor of politics: on stem-cell research, evolution, and of course, climate change. As the global-warming battle heats up, so has their often-nonsensical rhetoric.
Republican lawmakers sound off on global warming
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 08, 2009


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Arlen the Family

So, Arlen Specter is now a Democrat. That's old news.
Will Specter the Defector trigger a Democratic domination, or is his jump the sign of a growing moderate revolution?
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 08, 2009

One foot in the grave

Here's who the Maine Republican Party should nominate for governor in 2010.
The governor's race lurches along
By AL DIAMON  |  April 24, 2009
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Eyes on the prize

We interrupt the Lincoln Chafee buzz fest to bring you this little nugget of news: there are a few Democrats who'd like to be governor, too.  
Hold on, Linc Chafee! Dems Frank Caprio, Patrick Lynch, and Elizabeth Roberts would also like to be governor in 2010
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 24, 2009

23. Bobby Jindal

As you might suspect, the Republican governor of New Orleans rocketed onto our Unsexy list with his rebuttal to President Obama's Congressional address. And as long as he continues forgetting that his gutless party was largely responsible for the devasta
As you might suspect, the Republican governor of New Orleans rocketed onto our Unsexy list with his rebuttal to President Obama's Congressional address. And as long as he continues forgetting that his gutless party was largely responsible for the devastatingly lackluster response to Hurricane Katrina, here he will remain.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

28. Michael Steele

Just because Michael Steele was a Kid-N-Play back-up dancer in the 80s doesn't mean that he can kick this House party into gear. If the Republican Party chairman isn't the long lost third Smothers Brother, then Barack Obama's not the G.O.P.'s worst night
Just because Michael Steele was a Kid-N-Play back-up dancer in the 80s doesn't mean that he can kick this House party into gear. If the Republican Party chairman isn't the long lost third Smothers Brother, then Barack Obama's not the G.O.P.'s worst nightmare.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009


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Cleaning up Maine's sleaze

When tourists admire Maine's picturesque waterfronts, they aren't close enough to smell the barrels reeking with rotting lobster bait.
Politicians have left it to the people
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 18, 2009
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Future stars of the GOP

Future stars of the GOP
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  March 12, 2009
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Star crossed

Rush Limbaugh, pink cheeked and increasingly porcine, has emerged as the de-facto head of the Republican Party.
Limbaugh's a celebrity, not a political player
By EDITORIAL  |  March 04, 2009
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The elephant also rises

Four months ago, the Republican Party seemed headed for the scrap heap. Today, things don't look quite so bad.
The GOP has a bumpy road ahead of them, but if they're savvy they'll be back in power sooner rather than later.
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 25, 2009
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Capuano cornered?

Republican lobbying-ethics scandals helped convince voters to toss out the GOP and put Democrats back in control of the US House of Representatives.
Could a developing Washington probe hurt the Somerville congressman, and derail his Senate hopes?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 25, 2009


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With friends like these

Warren Harding was obviously not one of our greatest presidents. But during his little more than two years in the White House, he did offer some shrewd insights into life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Obama should worry less about befriending the GOP and more about keeping his own party in line
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 05, 2009

Working man blues

Charlie Webster's war never ends.
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By AL DIAMON  |  January 28, 2009

What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding?

Bipartisanship.
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By AL DIAMON  |  December 17, 2008

We sing, we dance, we steal things

Last week, I profiled the Democrats running for governor of Maine in 2010. Thousands were taken ill.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 26, 2008

Playing to our strength

Well, despite the fact that Little Rhody has become the poster child for the national recession, leading all states in statistical categories like unemployment and debt per capita, it is nice to know that we are able to deflect public attention from our
Nothing like a mass bust for a sense of old-time mobbed-up Rhode Island
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 19, 2008


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Divide and be conquered

Things do indeed look bad for their Grand Old Party. Actually, it's even worse than they think.
The GOP relied on talk radio to carry its water, but votes are worth more than ratings
By BY STEVEN STARK  |  November 12, 2008
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Mod on the move

The Brown University class being taught this semester by Lincoln Chafee, the Republican US senator-turned-independent supporter of Barack Obama, has an up-to-the-moment title: “Whither America.”
Obama supporter Lincoln Chafee talks about the post-election landscape
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 05, 2008

RI ’08: Prelude to 2010

During a national election season in which “change” remains the dominant motif, Rhode Island politics is locked in a holding pattern marked by a Democratic stranglehold on state and federal offices.
In a national year of change, stasis is likely to prevail at the General Assembly
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 29, 2008
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Maverick in a mess

A number of pundits, mostly of the conservative variety, would like you to believe that if Barack Obama wins on Tuesday, it's the mainstream media’s fault. Don't believe a word of it.  
If McCain loses, is it the mainstream media's fault?
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 29, 2008
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Rise of the political bogeyman

The Republicans appear headed to a second straight national pummeling, which will leave it marginalized in the federal government and an increasing number of state houses. Many party faithful are already noting the need for the GOP to move back toward t
Impotent on the issues, the GOP turns to scare tactics. Be afraid!
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 29, 2008


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Night of the living dead

It’s almost over. This is welcome news.
What if the election doesn’t end on Election Day?
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 29, 2008

Playing the angel

Former congressman David Emery’s correct in thinking that public campaign financing is a luxury the state can’t afford, but his aversion to Clean Election money seems to be more a matter of convenience than conviction.
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By AL DIAMON  |  October 27, 2008

‘Jock-ular’ election coverage

Yes, today the Providence Phoenix is celebrating its 30th anniversary, including the 10-year run of the NewPaper, and P+J are so proud to have been here the whole time.  
How Mike Ditka almost became the Republican heir-apparent
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 22, 2008

Gabba gabba, hey! One of us!

I was surprised to learn that I’ll be making my selection for president based not on the issues, but on the Republican vice-presidential candidate’s preferences in recreational activities.  
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 22, 2008