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Documentary shows America’s system is far from neat

Toward the end of 2012, the US Census Bureau reported that for the first time in years, the number of uninsured Americans had actually fallen — to 48.6 million, from an all-time high of 49.9 million in 2010.
Health care on the rocks
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 08, 2013

Class (warfare) is in session

In case you haven't heard yet, the US Census Bureau just announced its findings from the 2010 Census, and even a small state like ours saw a noticeable darkening of the population.
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By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  April 01, 2011
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Fair Share?

On September 10, Boston City Councilor David Scondras wrote a letter to the city’s group-health-insurance director.  “We have a non-discrimination policy in this city which includes people who are gay and lesbian,” wrote the city’s first openly gay city
Extending Benefits to Domestic Partners
By NEIL MILLER  |  October 30, 2009

As white as they come

It seems to be Maine's turn again to be the least racially diverse state in the nation.
Maine: The other white state
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  May 29, 2009
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Toxic talk: Hating Obama

During and just after the 2008 presidential campaign, the antipathy of right-wing pundits toward Barack Obama reached remarkable, often repugnant depths.
Repugnant anti-Obama hate speech has dissipated for the moment. How likely is it to raise its ugly head again?
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 19, 2009

Through race-colored glasses

Folks, we have an elephant in the middle of our national living room. And I don’t mean the Republican Party. It’s race.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  August 20, 2008


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Taking from the poor

What values do Maine’s Democrats hold?
Democratic lawmakers show their Republican values
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 07, 2008

Inarticulate speech of the heart

Incoherent politicians are as common as criminals. Although not quite as beneficial to society.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 05, 2007

Growing up and blowing away

State Representative Richard Sykes has discovered something alarming: old people are leaving Maine.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 02, 2007

Tabor won

If you had joined Maine’s leading liberals in kicking off the legislative session at their annual public-policy gab-fest in early January, you would have been excused for thinking the conservatives were actually the hosts.
The liberals embrace defeat (a/k/a Baldacci)
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 17, 2007

Flashbacks: November 17, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Dan Peleschuk, Ian Sands, and Eva Wolchover.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By FLASHBACKS  |  November 15, 2006


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Toste and Jabour duke it out in District 5

Although Providence city councilor David Segal — the only Green Party member to win election in Rhode Island — became a Democrat to pursue a seat in the House of Representatives, Jeff Toste is maintaining his Green identification while making his third b
City watch
By TIM LEHNERT  |  October 11, 2006

Angst by numbers

Could hordes of illegal aliens decide Maine’s gubernatorial election?
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 28, 2006
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Housing rights

Violations of tenants’ rights are commonly reported to Maine housing rights advocates, and tthen there are the unnoticed violations that occur while tenants aren’t home.
Get out of my apartment!
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  June 14, 2006
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Toste makes another Green bid for state Senate

After making two credible challenges to state Senator Frank Caprio, Jeff Toste of the Green Party has developed his name recognition among the voters of Providence’s District 5, which encompasses much of the West Side.
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By TIM LEHNERT  |  March 29, 2006