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You can’t count on me

Under former governor John Baldacci, a Democrat, state revenue projections were calculated by a panel known as the Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 26, 2012

Let’s make campaign finance reform sexy

Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse was out on the hustings this week promoting his DISCLOSE Act, which would require the sort of independent political groups playing an outsize role in the presidential election to report on who is bankrolling thei
Going Big
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 20, 2012

How They Lost $2 Billion

Let's start with the magic bean derivatives ...
Big Fat Whale
By  |  May 18, 2012

Bad as me

I'm an economist in much the same sense that I'm commissioner of the National Football League.
The Law of Low Expectations
By AL DIAMON  |  January 06, 2012

Twelve sweet ideas for Maine in 2012

With the new year upon us, we're looking into the future to see what things will be making Maine better in the coming 12 months. Here's a selection of things we'll be watching — and you should, too.
Better by the dozen

Coakley's true grit

Three recent developments suggest that the worm is turning and that the criminal behavior of the nation's huge money-center banks might finally suffer something approaching real justice.  
In a move that sparked national applause, the Attorney General goes after five financial giants for subprime fraud
By EDITORIAL  |  December 09, 2011


Photos: Occupy Boston plans financial district take-over

Hundreds of fiscally wary citizens gathered on Boston Common Tuesday, September 27, to organize a lasting protest occupation of Boston’s financial district.
Big money meets big opposition in Boston
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  September 30, 2011

Getting heavy

Your "Heavy Burden" (August 19) was a great article, and the accompanying graphic was neat.
Letters to the Boston editors, September 2, 2011
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 02, 2011
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Review: Chasing Madoff

Few will dispute the evil avarice behind the $50 billion Ponzi scheme Bernie Madoff masterminded.
Jeff Prosserman's documentary
By TOM MEEK  |  August 26, 2011
Burrito, DeOssi, Wastler, the T and WTF

Burrito, DeOssi, Wastler, the T and WTF

The Info Burrito, Fletcher Missed That Movie, Too, Steve DeOssi, Allen Wastler, gropers on the T and both WTF Lines are in todays The Sandbox...
By Charlie  |  November 02, 2009

How much do lobbyists pay to get their way?

In 2008, corporations spent more than $3 million to hire lobbyists to protect their interests at the Rhode Island State House.
Special interests are big spenders at the State House
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  March 18, 2009