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Sarah Palin, Inc.

The biggest brand name in conservative politics is about to enter the burgeoning right-wing marketplace — and she's perfect for it. Ka-ching!
Confused commenters have no clue as to the opportunities that await Palin — because few understand the extraordinary, multi-billion-dollar marketplace that has developed for movement conservatives.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 17, 2009
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Maxed out?

The push to establish a credit card ceiling
Rhode Islanders have grown accustomed to a certain amount of silliness in the General Assembly. It was only a few months ago that members of that august body were debating the merits of an official state ice cream.
By CHRISTOPHER COLLINS  |  July 08, 2009

My aim is true

Talking Politics
I believe in having clear and achievable goals.
By AL DIAMON  |  June 24, 2009
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Female Trouble

A shocking dearth of Republican female pols should have the party in a panic. So why doesn't it care?
Conventional political wisdom says that for a party to oppose a woman — or a women's issue — it's best to send out a female spokesperson.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 03, 2009
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Generation Green

Once derided as tree huggers, eco-friendly youth are now the nation's most powerful (and feared) voting bloc. So why isn't the GOP listening?
Republicans have a lot to say about the immorality of saddling the next generation with our national debt. But when it comes to leaving them a wrecked, depleted, and rapidly warming planet, they are taking the exact opposite line.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 11, 2009

They said what?

Republican lawmakers sound off on global warming
GOP leaders have a reputation for shunning science in favor of politics: on stem-cell research, evolution, and of course, climate change. As the global-warming battle heats up, so has their often-nonsensical rhetoric.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 06, 2009
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Arlen the Family

Will Specter the Defector trigger a Democratic domination, or is his jump the sign of a growing moderate revolution?
So, Arlen Specter is now a Democrat. That's old news.
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 11, 2009

One foot in the grave

The governor's race lurches along
Here's who the Maine Republican Party should nominate for governor in 2010.
By AL DIAMON  |  April 22, 2009
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Eyes on the prize

Hold on, Linc Chafee! Dems Frank Caprio, Patrick Lynch, and Elizabeth Roberts would also like to be governor in 2010
We interrupt the Lincoln Chafee buzz fest to bring you this little nugget of news: there are a few Democrats who'd like to be governor, too.  
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 22, 2009

11. Bobby Jindal

PAGE BOY
In delivering the Republican response to Barack Obama’s first joint-houses speech as president in February, the governor of Louisiana and erstwhile 2012 presidential hopeful was deemed a resounding flop — by members of his own party. His lack of charisma and gee-whiz oratory (as well as his dorkiness) quickly drew unfavorable comparisons to Kenneth the Page from NBC’s 30 Rock , whose political career now seems to have a higher trajectory than Jindal’s. Bonus hurricane-chutzpah points for bringing up Katrina in his speech criticizing government-funded economic-relief programs, for which his state took in billions of federal dough.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 24, 2009

27. Michael Steele

DISTURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
When the going gets tough, the first African-American (figure-)head of the Republican Party (and Larry David look-alike) turns into a shrinking, shivering SNL parody. If Steele isn’t the long-lost third Smothers Brother, then Barack Obama isn’t the GOP’s worst nightmare.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 25, 2009
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Cleaning up Maine's sleaze

Politicians have left it to the people
When tourists admire Maine's picturesque waterfronts, they aren't close enough to smell the barrels reeking with rotting lobster bait.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 18, 2009
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Future stars of the GOP

Big Fat Whale
Future stars of the GOP
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  March 12, 2009
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Star crossed

Limbaugh's a celebrity, not a political player
Rush Limbaugh, pink cheeked and increasingly porcine, has emerged as the de-facto head of the Republican Party.
By EDITORIAL  |  March 06, 2009
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The elephant also rises

The GOP has a bumpy road ahead of them, but if they're savvy they'll be back in power sooner rather than later.
Four months ago, the Republican Party seemed headed for the scrap heap. Today, things don't look quite so bad.
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 03, 2009
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Capuano cornered?

Could a developing Washington probe hurt the Somerville congressman, and derail his Senate hopes?
Republican lobbying-ethics scandals helped convince voters to toss out the GOP and put Democrats back in control of the US House of Representatives.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 03, 2009
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With friends like these

Obama should worry less about befriending the GOP and more about keeping his own party in line
Warren Harding was obviously not one of our greatest presidents. But during his little more than two years in the White House, he did offer some shrewd insights into life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 06, 2009

Working man blues

Politics and other mistakes
Charlie Webster's war never ends.
By AL DIAMON  |  January 28, 2009

What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding?

Politics and other mistakes
Bipartisanship.
By AL DIAMON  |  December 17, 2008

We sing, we dance, we steal things

Politics and other mistakes
Last week, I profiled the Democrats running for governor of Maine in 2010. Thousands were taken ill.
By AL DIAMON  |  November 26, 2008



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Divide and be conquered

The GOP relied on talk radio to carry its water, but votes are worth more than ratings
Things do indeed look bad for their Grand Old Party. Actually, it's even worse than they think.
By BY STEVEN STARK  |  November 14, 2008
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Mod on the move

Obama supporter Lincoln Chafee talks about the post-election landscape
The Brown University class being taught this semester by Lincoln Chafee, the Republican US senator-turned-independent supporter of Barack Obama, has an up-to-the-moment title: “Whither America.”
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 05, 2008

RI ’08: Prelude to 2010

In a national year of change, stasis is likely to prevail at the General Assembly
During a national election season in which “change” remains the dominant motif, Rhode Island politics is locked in a holding pattern marked by a Democratic stranglehold on state and federal offices.
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 31, 2008
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Maverick in a mess

If McCain loses, is it the mainstream media's fault?
A number of pundits, mostly of the conservative variety, would like you to believe that if Barack Obama wins on Tuesday, it's the mainstream media’s fault. Don't believe a word of it.  
By STEVEN STARK  |  November 01, 2008
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Rise of the political bogeyman

Impotent on the issues, the GOP turns to scare tactics. Be afraid!
The Republicans appear headed to a second straight national pummeling, which will leave it marginalized in the federal government and an increasing number of state houses. Many party faithful are already noting the need for the GOP to move back toward the moderate center to survive. But the conservatives with microphones are heading down a very different path — and their followers, who now dominate the Republican Party, are going right with them.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 03, 2008
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Night of the living dead

What if the election doesn’t end on Election Day?
It’s almost over. This is welcome news.
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 03, 2008

Playing the angel

Politics and other mistakes
Former congressman David Emery’s correct in thinking that public campaign financing is a luxury the state can’t afford, but his aversion to Clean Election money seems to be more a matter of convenience than conviction.
By AL DIAMON  |  October 27, 2008



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Gabba gabba, hey! One of us!

Politics and other mistakes
I was surprised to learn that I’ll be making my selection for president based not on the issues, but on the Republican vice-presidential candidate’s preferences in recreational activities.  
By AL DIAMON  |  October 22, 2008

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