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One toke over the line

Next session, the Maine Legislature will consider a bill that follows the leads of the states of Washington and Colorado in legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 30, 2012

How a colorful Tampa talk show host might have been the most sane conservative in Tampa

There's a lot of shouting on the third floor of the Tampa Convention Center.
Good fella
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 07, 2012

At its convention, the GOP tries to clean up for company

For the past several years, the conservative base of the Republican Party — which is now the bulk of the party — has been hoping for another 1964 convention.
(Tea) Party's Over
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 07, 2012

Conservatives to watch out for

Last summer, lefty comedian Michael Ian Black and conservative pundit Meghan McCain took a cross-country road trip together so they could write a book about it.

By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 20, 2012

Attack of the Hipster Conservatives

Arthur Brietman thinks of it as the "Oh no" moment.
They want limited government and fixed-gear bicycles — and your best friend might be one of them
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 20, 2012

Fraud isn't killing Maine's welfare system — conservative misunderstanding is

Last week in Ellsworth, Governor Paul LePage renewed his efforts to change Maine's welfare system, calling for increased restrictions on benefits for people seeking taxpayer support to get health coverage through the state's Medicaid program.
Barely hanging on
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 18, 2011


Pledge class

Whether it's to flags, fraternities, or charities, privileged douchebags love pledging allegiance.
This campaign season, you’re not really committed to defending the GOP agenda unless you sign on the dotted line

God's country

We live in Massachusetts, with troubles of our own. So why should we care about What's the Matter with Kansas? , the title of Thomas Frank's new book?
Thomas Frank goes to the heartland
By CATHERINE TUMBER  |  July 29, 2011

We are family

Campaigning for office is easy. It's governing that's hard.
The Maine Republican Party
By AL DIAMON  |  May 27, 2011

Strange bedfellows: The right and left team up on criminal-justice reform

The practical result of the new spirit of political civility is still an open question, but there is one area where small-government conservatives and do-gooder liberals might really be moving toward significant policy agreement, compromise, and action:
Away from the spotlight, criminal-justice-reform advocates are making progress - with the help of their new friends, the conservatives
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 28, 2011

Responses to tragedy

A lowly sheriff suggests to his community that maybe people should be nice to each other.
By DAVID KISH  |  January 28, 2011

Little things

In the midst of the new Republican majority's mania to reduce the size and cost of state government, I offer some advice and a warning.
On shrinking legislatures
By AL DIAMON  |  January 14, 2011

From carpenter to king

In the wake of last month's election, I expected Republican governor-elect Paul LePage to provide me with an inexhaustible supply of column material.
LePage has been surprisingly polite
By AL DIAMON  |  December 10, 2010

Conducting tests on Maine Republicans

Here at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Effects of Sarcasm and Derision on Political Philosophies, we've been conducting a comprehensive battery of tests to determine whether newly elected Maine Republicans really mean that stuff they've been
Highly experimental
By AL DIAMON  |  November 19, 2010

The true source of the unemployment crisis

Leeching weasels, beware.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  July 23, 2010

Not your cup of tea?

David S. Bernstein asserts that Glenn Beck fans his audience’s fears, yet the headline for his piece on the Tea Party is “ ‘Tea’ Is For Terrorism.”
Letters to the Boston editor, April 30, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 30, 2010


Right Click

Back in February 2007, a few months after a political neophyte named Deval Patrick cruised to victory in the Massachusetts governor's race with help from a political blog named Blue Mass Group (BMG) — which whipped up pro-Patrick sentiment while aggressi
While conservatives have ruled radio, liberals have dominated the net. But as the rise of Red Mass Group demonstrates, the left's Web supremacy is hardly a sure thing.
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 19, 2010
Why Conservatives Drive Me Nucking Futs

Why Conservatives Drive Me Nucking Futs

My friends and I have a running game called “Shoney,” in which one person says something that is dangerously false, and insists upon the point...
By Chris Faraone  |  June 19, 2009
An American Carol: The Funniest Conservative Comedy of All-Time

An American Carol: The Funniest Conservative Comedy of All-Time

Thank Satan that those scum-sucking liberals run Hollywood. If creative feats were left to righties, then there might be more flicks like An American Carol,...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 09, 2008