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What to look forward to in Maine arts, culture, and politics

We're thrilled the world didn't end in 2012 — aren't you?
In with a bang
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 28, 2012
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After the election, whither the Tea Party?

Action Speaks, the panel discussion series at AS220, concludes its fall season November 21 with a look at movement conservatism.
Action Speaks
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 16, 2012

Back from the brink

The last two Democrats to run for statewide office in Maine got 32 percent of the vote — combined.
Politics + Other Mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  November 16, 2012
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The post-election bar trip

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By KARL STEVENS  |  November 16, 2012
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How Cicilline won

It was Tuesday morning and Eric Hyers, Congressman David Cicilline's lanky, sharp-tongued campaign manager, was sitting in a Starbucks on the bottom floor of the Biltmore Hotel gripping a wiffle ball and furiously sending text messages.
A Congressman's comeback
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 09, 2012
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Musings on the campaign results; farewell, Tommy

Phillipe and Jorge cranked up the sound system to 11 in the Boom Boom Room as the polls closed Tuesday night, playing Gil Scott-Heron's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" and pinning on our "Clean for Gene" buttons. Just a pair of cock-eyed optimists
Boogie night
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 09, 2012


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The Obama imperative

Two things stand between almost certain economic and social catastrophe: the prospect of the Democrats maintaining — or expanding — their majority in the Senate, and the reelection of President Barack Obama.

By EDITORIAL  |  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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A Convenient Excuse

On October 2, I led a climate protest inside the offices of the Boston Globe .
Dear mainstream-media colleagues: Time is running out to prevent climate catastrophe. Countless lives are at stake. And you are failing us all.
By WEN STEPHENSON  |  November 02, 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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The Phoenix endorses...

A strong voice of reason on many issues, former Cumberland County sheriff Mark Dion is a solid supporter of medical-marijuana access, providing a powerful law-enforcement perspective that is credible because of his experience and his depth of thought ab
Elections 2012
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 02, 2012


David Cicilline for Congress

Even admirers of Congressman David Cicilline can find him maddening.
Plus, progressive voices on Smith Hill, and 'yes' to casinos
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 02, 2012
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Election 2012: the big finish

If you live in Rhode Island, own a television, and have a pulse, you know there is a quite nasty Congressional race underway, pitting Representative David Cicilline against Republican challenger Brendan Doherty.
Cicilline and Doherty go to the wire — and what it all means
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 02, 2012
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The King impression

Casting your ballot for independent Angus King — the former governor running for the US Senate seat being vacated by Olympia Snowe — is a vote for a smarter future for Maine.
Endorsements 2012
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 02, 2012
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The Obama imperative

Two things stand between almost certain economic and social catastrophe: the prospect of the Democrats maintaining — or expanding — their majority in the Senate, and the reelection of President Barack Obama.

By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 02, 2012
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The Obama imperative

Two things stand between almost certain economic and social catastrophe: the prospect of the Democrats maintaining — or expanding — their majority in the Senate, and the reelection of President Barack Obama.
Vote to avoid economic and social catastrophe
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 02, 2012


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Stein or Supreme: What kind of voter am I?

I'm an Italian Bostonian from Korean Queens who's embarrassed by Caucasian corniness and loves soul food. Race isn't my big issue, though; I despise Glenn Beck and Tyler Perry equally, adore Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld, and loathe both Mitt Romney a
Scream On
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 02, 2012
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Who are you voting for?

And could your vote be a waste ?
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By KARL STEVENS  |  November 02, 2012
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Who are you voting for?

And does it matter?
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By DAVID KISH  |  October 26, 2012
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Gay Marriage: yes or no?

In 32 states, voters have weighed in on same-sex marriage. In 32 states, they have rejected it.
Rhode Island advocates have shunned the ballot box, fearing defeat. Is it time to rec0nsider?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 19, 2012

Pingree and Michaud hope to keep their seats in Maine’s Congressional races

For someone who is skeptical of the Occupy movement, claiming that anti-corporate agitators are "taking young people for a ride . . . [and] using them for political purposes," Jon Courtney is quite conscious of perceived elitism or sense of entitlement.
The status quo ain’t so bad
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 19, 2012


Parsing the political process; Buddy in the Times; ready for their close-up

On debate nights at Casa Diablo, Jorge perches on the couch in the Boom Boom Room, providing a running commentary on the action while taking copious notes such that he can provide a nuanced and informed review of the proceedings in this space.
Heated debates
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 19, 2012
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Inevitability at the ballot box

Five weeks. Five weeks of polls, attack ads, debates, and stump speeches.
More than a month left, with nowhere to go
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  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
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After this week’s elections, is same-sex marriage dead?

Elections matter. And on Tuesday, Rhode Island's Democratic primary did not go well for the state's same-sex marriage advocates.
Primary Day
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 14, 2012

Great northern stomp

Democratic US Representative Michael Michaud of Maine's 2nd District regularly shows up on lists of the least effective, least powerful, least respected, and least intelligent members of Congress. So, how does Michaud keep getting re-elected by hefty ma
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 27, 2012


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Romney’s Shadow Years

With just six weeks to go before the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney's campaign has bogged down over the seemingly insignificant minutia of how to precisely define the leave of absence he took from Bain Capital, while he ran the Winter Olymp
Mitt wants to make his departure for the Olympics a clean break from his business life — but it’s not that simple
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 20, 2012

Up in the air

In late June, Maine senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins voted for our health when they voted against a proposal to block the Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for power plants.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 06, 2012
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Embattled Congressman David Cicilline’s re-election strategy

Standing before a crowd of about 100 at a fundraiser at The Dorrance bar and restaurant in downtown Providence a couple of weeks ago, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards left little doubt about her organization's top political priority in Rhode
Win with women?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 22, 2012
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Mike Capuano — for governor?

The Phoenix would like to take this opportunity to say that we hope US Congressman Michael Capuano of Somerville thinks long and hard about running.
Considerations
By EDITORIAL  |  June 22, 2012