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Instant Runoff Voting — How to Fix Much

Al Diamon seemingly does not understand the role voting serves in the American way of life.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, February 8, 2013
By PORTLAND PHOENIX EDITORS  |  February 08, 2013

Twelve Important stories of 2012 that dropped off your radar

So damn much went on in 2012, it's no wonder that some stories may have passed people by.
What you missed
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 21, 2012

After the campaign: paying off debt

The final days before the November 6 vote on same-sex marriage saw a crazy amount of spending from political-action committees on both sides of the question, which has led both PACs to seek post-election contributions to pay off lingering debt.
Money Talks
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 07, 2012

Him Again?

This was supposed to be the calm after the storm.

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 23, 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

Who won? We did

We did it. The progressive, thinking, socially minded, involved people — people like you, the readers of the Portland Phoenix — won the election.
Getting Results
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 16, 2012


The post-election bar trip

By KARL STEVENS  |  November 16, 2012

Symptoms of Post-Election Stress

We're all bored, now.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  November 16, 2012

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Who are you voting for?

And could your vote be a waste ?
By KARL STEVENS  |  November 02, 2012

Tierney for Congress

The most closely watched congressional race in Massachusetts is being fought in the Sixth District, on Boston's North Shore, between Democratic incumbent John Tierney and his Republican challenger Richard Tisei.

By EDITORIAL  |  October 26, 2012

Who are you voting for?

And does it matter?
By DAVID KISH  |  October 26, 2012

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

Collins ascends to senior status

While the other seats in Maine's delegation are being hotly contested, Republican senator Susan Collins gets to observe it all from her new position as the soon-to-be senior member of that four-person group.
Senate Watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 19, 2012

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

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


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

The campaign gets serious; Lombardi lets loose; the GOP needs a hug

Phillipe and Jorge are a bit disappointed that Little Rhody's Theater of the Absurd iss closed following the First Congressional District Democratic primary Tuesday.
The curtain comes down
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 14, 2012

Are we voting at the box office?

The accompanying chart classifies various big budget releases over the past 15 months according to their political leanings based on my interpretation of the film.
Movie projections
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 24, 2012

Yet another Jill Stein puff piece

I meant for this to be a hatchet job — with the silver noggin of Jill Stein, the Green Party nominee for president of the United States, on the butcher block.
Or, how I learned to stop worrying and vote third party
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 24, 2012