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Here come the bugs

Politics and other mistakes
I'm not one of those people who assumes that just because somebody casually mentions they're thinking about running for governor of Maine in 2010, that they should be restrained, subjected to electro-shock therapy, and deported to someplace where they can't do any harm.
By AL DIAMON  |  November 19, 2008

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

Letters to the Portland Editor, October 24, 2008

Losing a reader
I was greatly disappointed to read your recent issue of the Portland Phoenix on the subject of abortion. Please allow me to provide a response.  
By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  |  October 22, 2008

Parental discretionary donors

How Sarah Palin generated over $1 million in donations to Planned Parenthood
Polarizin’ Palin has people everywhere opening their pocketbooks to the pro-choice movement’s benefit.  
By SHUCHI SARASWAT  |  October 09, 2008

Letters to the Portland Editor, October 10, 2008

Props on connecting the dots
If I could type my applause, I would. Your last two issues, specifically the cover articles, were superb.  
By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  |  October 09, 2008

Letters to the Portland Editor, October 3, 2008

Sex is risky
If a pregnancy is endangering a woman’s life, the woman’s life needs to be saved. But I feel this way because I’m pro-life.

Personally speaking

Abortion and Life tells whole truths
For decades, feminists have rallied behind the phrase “the personal is political,” meant to remind us that our personal lives are intrinsically affected by politics.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 24, 2008

Obama and McCain: Repro Rights Checklist

How the presidential candidates measure up on reproductive rights
It’s important to know where our next president stands with regard to reproductive rights — and to remember that those rights depend on who’s in charge.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 24, 2008

I had an abortion

Forty percent of American women have abortions by the time they're 45. I'm one of them.
Does anyone think about us, the people who have actually gone through with an abortion, and accepted that it was the right decision, for whatever reason, at that time?
By ANONYMOUS  |  September 24, 2008

Fallopian follies

While celebrity sages salivate over Hollywood babies, Beltway pundits are spinning the latest wave of ovarian escapades. Have girls really gone wild?
Speculating on celebrity baby “bumps” is Hollywood blood sport.
By KARA BASKIN  |  September 10, 2008

The enthusiasm gap

This election, with Obama having stoked pennant fever in Denver, it is the Dems who have cornered the excitement market  
The selection of gun-shooting, anti-abortion, creationist, doctrinaire conservative Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain’s vice-presidential nominee has finally got the GOP’s conservative base excited.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 03, 2008

A field guide to activism in Rhode Island

Issues + organizing = real-world experience
If you’re interested in becoming an agent of change, identify a cause close to your heart and connect with one of the groups working on it.
By MEGHAN GRADY  |  August 28, 2008

Hummel splits from ABC6; Planned Parenthood CEO resigns

Politics + media
When Jim Hummel decided to depart last week because of the approach being pursued by new management, it seemed to encapsulate the take-this-paycheck-and-shove-it fantasy of many people.
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 06, 2008

Communion shouldn’t be based on politics

Catholic priests call themselves “vicars of Christ,” so those giving communion need only recall Christ’s forgiveness of a thief on an adjacent Calvary cross, and ask, “What would Jesus do?”
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  June 18, 2008

Evil urges

Politics and other mistakes.
Let’s talk about extremists.
By AL DIAMON  |  June 18, 2008

Top 10 questions for Maine voters

The issues that define the primary campaign
Here are the top 10 stories and storylines shaping Maine's primary season.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 28, 2008

Senate shuffle

Massachusetts hasn’t had a Senate-seat vacancy in nearly 25 years. Now we may have two. Let the speculation begin.
Don’t count Ted Kennedy out just yet, but the prognosis immediately set minds thinking about the inevitable departure of Kennedy from the US Senate, where he has served since 1962.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 27, 2008

Going both ways

Here’s a strategy sheet for McCain on how to defeat Obama.
Right now John McCain is doing better than he and the Republicans deserve.
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 28, 2008

California matters

Massachusetts may have had gay marriage first, but California changes everything. Are Obama and Clinton listening?
For four years, and 10,000 same-sex nuptials, Massachusetts has had a monopoly on gay marriage in the United States.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 21, 2008

Courting disaster

Why McCain’s right-wing judicial pledge would further compromise America’s future
With the price of food and gasoline running at punishing levels, it is no surprise that the economy has replaced the disastrous war in Iraq as the issue with which voters are most concerned.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 07, 2008

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