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The Fiscal Cliff: What's at stake

If the just-concluded national election proves anything, it is that the Republican Party lives in a parallel universe, with its own brand of reality that is dangerously disconnected from the experience of most Americans.

By EDITORIAL  |  November 16, 2012
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GOP runners for federal office get squirrely; Dems and independents share answers

This year's candidate questionnaire was little different from past years.
Dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 01, 2012

Creature from the Black Lagoon

I don't believe in ghosts. Or vampires. Or werewolves. Or other mythical creatures, such as Republican US Senate candidate Scott D'Amboise.
Tax reform: it's downright scary
By AL DIAMON  |  October 22, 2011
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Obama’s jobs plan is a step in the right direction

President Barack Obama's September 8 speech outlining his new jobs program — and the tax policies needed to finance it — was a sign of hope.
Notes on class warfare
By EDITORIAL  |  September 23, 2011

Museum dreams

This week, we're joining a guided tour of the Maine Museum of Political Paleontology. A docent is explaining to a group of schoolchildren what's happening in a scene depicting cave people trying to register to vote.
Political Paleontology
By AL DIAMON  |  August 26, 2011
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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
By CHRIS FARAONE AND DAVID EISENBERG  |  July 29, 2011


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The quiet man

Governor Paul LePage has, perhaps unexpectedly, refrained from loudly saying stupid things over the past month or so, since GOP legislators confronted him and told him he was a problem child.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 03, 2011
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Local heroes of 2011

In the 14th annual edition of the Providence Phoenix 's Best issue, we highlight people and organizations who are doing exceptionally good work.
Simon Moore and Linda Katz
By DANIEL MCGOWAN AND MARION DAVIS  |  April 22, 2011

Too soon

That's it? That's the budget that was supposed to transform Maine into — depending on your political orientation — either a business-friendly, job-creating, profit-making paradise of free-market capitalism — or an environmental wasteland in which impove
LePage’s first biennial budget
By AL DIAMON  |  February 25, 2011

Walking on broken glass

There must be some kind of law that kicks in whenever a prominent politician leaves office, requiring every columnist and pundit to blather on at length about the triumphs and tragedies of that esteemed figure's checkered career.
A (very) short list of Baldacci's successes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 17, 2010

Bizarre signs of concern, and a bright spot or two


First up, what about this whole Leon Panetta as CIA director thing? On the good side, he's a civilia...
By Jeff Inglis  |  January 07, 2009