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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
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The first Obama administration was a disappointment for progressives. What makes us think the second will be any different?

On LGBT rights, civil liberties, economic inequity, immigration, criminal justice, labor organizing, money in politics, and voting rights, the Obama administration let progressives down time and time again. And who's to say Obama's second term won't be
The fire this time
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 16, 2012
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Thrill and Agony

The vote totals that poured in through the state secretary's office November 6 provided one set of winners (Elizabeth Warren, John Tierney, Joe Kennedy III, medical marijuana) and losers (Scott Brown, Richard Tisei, medical suicide). But there were plen

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 16, 2012
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The Big Hurt: One week ago in brief

Due to my strange publishing schedule, I'm writing this on November 5, the day before Mitt Romney will be elected to our highest office. I'm not at all worried about jinxing him, since he's a total lock and absolutely nothing could go wrong.

By DAVID THORPE  |  November 16, 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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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

Cliffhanger

Amid the white noise of the election, sometimes the most pressing — but least headline-grabbing — issues fade into the hubbub. One such issue: the "fiscal cliff," the standoff over which says as much about the poisonous state of politics as it does abou
One Cent's Worth
By MARC MEWSHAW  |  October 27, 2012
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Now or Later's personal is political

Christopher Shinn's new play, which takes place on election night, is so timely that it's hard to imagine staging it later rather than now.

By MADDY MYERS  |  October 26, 2012
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Massachusetts voters are about to get an up-close look at the right-wing smear machine

If you followed last month's story about the ousting and reinstatement of University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan, it might surprise you to learn that many Massachusetts Republicans believe that Sullivan was forced out over academic fraud she c
Fighting Dirty
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  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


Obama Occupies

It's no surprise that the mainstream media are treating the latest policy moves by President Barack Obama as part of the strategic maneuvering supporting his reelection bid.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 04, 2012
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Dog daze

Letters to the Boston editors, March 9, 2012.
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By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 09, 2012

Long term plan

Since you're reading this column, I assume you're a person well-versed in the important matters facing this state, or else you're insanely bored and found my stuff marginally more entertaining than the legal notices.
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By AL DIAMON  |  December 09, 2011

What we learned from the race

As of last Tuesday, Portland has its first elected mayor in many decades; Michael Brennan will take office December 5 and serve a four-year term.
Mayoral Aftermath
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 18, 2011
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Who bankrolled Portland’s mayoral candidates?

Friday afternoon, Portland's 15 mayoral candidates disclosed how much money they'd raised and who gave it to them.
Following the money
By COLIN WOODARD  |  November 04, 2011


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Review: The Ides of March

Though more contemporary than Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), George Clooney's new directorial effort seems less topical.
George Clooney's new directorial effort
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 07, 2011

Arts-related mayoral forum coming up

With six weeks to go before Portland's first mayoral election in modern history, the field remains crowded and confusing.
Leading Portland
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 30, 2011
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Mitt's best week ever

The quadrennial farce known as the Ames Straw Poll has once again made its mark on the race for the Republican presidential nomination — by rewarding the candidate smart enough to avoid it.
Romney's presidential quest is looking better than ever - no thanks to his own campaign
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 19, 2011
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20 questions about Portland's upcoming mayoral election

With three months until Portland's first mayoral election in more than 80 years, and two weeks until candidates are required to hand in the 300 signatures that will reserve them each a place on the ballot, a whopping 19 people have thrown their hats into
Rising from the masses
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 12, 2011
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Choosing Sides

Over the next two weeks, New Hampshire will quietly transform into a proving ground for the Republican 2012 race to recapture the White House. At least 10 potential candidates, from heavyweights like Mitt Romney to obscurities like Fred Karger, are sche
New Hampshire's GOP operatives have lined up for the 2012 primary, and are ready to do battle
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 15, 2011


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CHART: The couch potato’s guide to tracking the national election results, hour by hour, from the comfort of your living room

Wherever you turn for information on election night, you'll get plenty of punditry. But without a guide to the evening, it might be hard to keep track of what matters to you. With that in mind, we've compiled the following viewer's guide.
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By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 29, 2010
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Gay Tea Party Witch Sex: Three tales of erotic political fiction

Three toe-curling yarns of bipartisan/bicurious boning, starring some of our favorite hacks (and some of our favorite pundits).
Hot, throbbing election special: Palin/O'Donnell, Kerry/Brown, and Stewart/Cooper/Maddow
By PHOENIX EDITORIAL STAFF  |  October 29, 2010

Secret desires

Everywhere I go, people keep asking me, “Who’s going to win the election?” Often, my answer depends on my mood (which ranges from bad to horrendous).
Who's going to win the election?
By AL DIAMON  |  June 04, 2010
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Tea-bagger Brown triumphs

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley may be a good person and a dedicated public servant, but thanks to her gut-wrenching loss to tea-bagging Republican Scott Brown in the race for the US Senate seat held by the late Ted Kennedy, Coakley is now
Obama must rally independents
By EDITORIAL  |  January 22, 2010
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Is John McCain crazy?

There is something not quite right about John McCain.  
Or is he merely disturbed? Plus, local congressmen who screwed up the bailout.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 02, 2008


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Captain chaos

The past two weeks or so have seen at least one historic meltdown.  
Steering a suddenly lost GOP ship,
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 02, 2008
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Obama and McCain: Repro Rights Checklist

It’s important to know where our next president stands with regard to reproductive rights — and to remember that those rights depend on who’s in charge.
How the presidential candidates measure up on reproductive rights
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 24, 2008
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Naming convention

Gwyneth had Apple. Posh had Brooklyn. And moose-killing miracle mom Sarah Palin beat them all with Trig Paxson Van Palin, a name so cool that it rhymes with “Eddie Van Halen.”
We asked, you answered: our readers text in votes for Sarah Palin's next baby name
By LANCE GOULD  |  September 23, 2008
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Opening-night jitters

The Democratic National Convention started off with a strange vibe that might be summed up in one word: restraint.
The DNC’s primary colors
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 27, 2008