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Review: Killer Joe

Review: Killer Joe

Matthew McConaughey's comeback tour may have peaked with his title role in this Southern-fried screwball noir.
William Friedkin adapts the play by Tracy Letts
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  August 10, 2012
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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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Fighting back

Thanks to a federal law that codifies discrimination against same-sex couples, more than 15,000 legally married couples (and an untold number of children) are being denied basic benefits, such as the right to file their taxes jointly, or Social Security
Two cases in federal court here in Massachusetts could help turn the national tide against DOMA
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 04, 2010
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No Insurance

The good news is ...
Hoopleville
By DAVID KISH  |  March 26, 2010

What the health-care bill really means

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed the new health-care bill into law.
Reforming the System
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 26, 2010

The Rock Off is on, and other music news

Tone King Andy Argondizza has organized a benefit show for Nick Curran, who was recently diagnosed with cancer and, being a musician, isn’t exactly rocking all-inclusive health insurance.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 05, 2010


Rhode Island’s own stab at health reform

Health care reform, if it survives the election of Republican Scott Brown to Ted Kennedy's old Senate seat, will make insurance accessible and provide a slew of new consumer protections for millions of Americans.
Get Healthy
By MARION DAVIS  |  January 22, 2010
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A weed grows in Boston

Even though it's a crisp November day, the flower boxes of Mary Jones's neat little bungalow are overflowing with brightly colored blooms.
What's a suburban soccer mom who was once fervently anti-drug doing running a business growing and selling pot?
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  December 04, 2009
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Fair Share?

On September 10, Boston City Councilor David Scondras wrote a letter to the city’s group-health-insurance director.  “We have a non-discrimination policy in this city which includes people who are gay and lesbian,” wrote the city’s first openly gay city
Extending Benefits to Domestic Partners
By NEIL MILLER  |  October 30, 2009

Wall Street's death wish

If you read the front page of the September 6 New York Times , P+J hope you are either dumbfounded, appalled, frightened, or so pissed off that you went and got the Uzi from the attic and looked for the Amtrak schedule for the Northeast Corridor train
Investing in mortality; plus, getting it right, and wireless, in West Virginia
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 11, 2009

Freeloading free stater?

Has anyone else found it ironic that Dr. Sorens works for a state-supported university, and that presumably his salary and benefits, such as health insurance, are paid for by the taxpayers of New York?
Letters to the Boston editor, September 11, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 11, 2009


Lunch-bucket elite

Your description of senatorial hopeful Stephen Lynch as a “lunch-bucket pol” is certainly a departure from the accuracy in political portrayal and substance I have grown accustomed to in the Phoenix.
Letters to the Boston editor, September 4, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 04, 2009
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Avoiding the problem

Over the course of Olympia Snowe's career in the US Senate, companies and workers in the healthcare and insurance industries have been her top donors (except for retirees and retiree political-action committees, which are obviously also concerned with
Snowe misses the point of healthcare reform
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 10, 2009
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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
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They wanna be governor

In our typical Portland Phoenix format, here’s a one-by-one look at all the folks who claim they want to be Maine’s next governor. (In our book, anyone crazy enough to say they want that job probably has done something to karmically deserve it.)
Primary Election 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 01, 1900