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This Far by Faith

Dorchester Peace Institute fights for its life...and wins
Though the timing was merely coincidental, it seemed extra harsh for Governor Deval Patrick to slash funding for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute right before Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 17, 2008

Free for all

Is Mayor Menino getting White-washed? Plus, Sam Yoon's not-so-friendly skies
Striking parallels emerge between the upcoming mayor's race and the historic race of 1983.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 12, 2008

Freedom watch: Jailhouse bloc

The real reason law-and-order types love mandatory-minimum sentencing? It's money in their pockets.
With aromatic puffs of change, Bay State stoners rejoiced on Election Day.

Here comes the sun

It's All Right
It's All Right
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  November 14, 2008

State council snubs artists

Okay, Define 'Creative'
On October 8, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a bill establishing a first-in-the-nation state-level Creative Economy Council.
By GREG COOK  |  November 05, 2008

Racial healing

Former mayoral opponents Ray Flynn and Mel King discuss how far their city’s come, and how far it hasn’t, since 1983
To be sure, racism still exists. But the distance our culture has come in 50 years — from blacks fighting for basic civil rights to a black man running for the White House — is remarkable.
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 10, 2008

Dear Mr. President . . .

Redefining ‘Road Trip’
Since March 1, Massachusetts school teacher B.J. Hill has been walking across the country in near Kerouacian fashion — though, unlike Sal Paradise, Hill has a greater mission than apple pie and Mexican trollops.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  October 30, 2008

Tax evasion

There is such a thing as a stupid question

By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 29, 2008

Dianne's special deal

State Senator Dianne Wilkerson already has amassed a list of embarrassing political pratfalls. The Phoenix uncovers two more situations that should cause concern on the cusp of the election.
Undeterred by her Democratic primary loss to opponent Sonia Chang-Díaz, State Senator Dianne Wilkerson is forging ahead in a sticker campaign to win re-election of her Second Suffolk seat in the state legislature.  
By TED SIEFER  |  October 29, 2008

Financial fallout

The devastating wall street crisis has a potential silver lining — if you’re a Massachusetts politician looking for a foothold
The current US financial disaster will roil Massachusetts residents in myriad ways.  
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 08, 2008

Blunt object

The political fight over a November marijuana-reform ballot question has sparked a Battle of the Bong
Question 2 supporters claim Massachusetts district attorneys committed “at least 15 violations of Massachusetts campaign-finance and election laws” in the runup to the marijuana-decriminalization vote. 
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2008

A fitting tribute

Letters to the Boston editor: September 12, 2008

By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 10, 2008

Women on the verge

Clinton die-hards have created a new-girls’ network bent on remedying decades of sexism by putting women in elected office
At next week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver, Hillary Clinton’s delegates will get just about everything they’ve wanted — aside from the nomination of their candidate, of course.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 20, 2008

Cash-strapped government

Plus, what to do about Russia, and Obama’s upcoming convention
Most people realize that the nasty economic news is getting nastier.
By EDITORIAL  |  August 20, 2008

MEFA madness

No need to panic over student loans. Just pay more.
On July 28, news broke that the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority had fallen on hard times.
By KARA BASKIN  |  August 13, 2008

The underdog

Sara Orozco thinks she can beat all-American GOP superstar Scott Brown. Can she convince anyone else?
Sara Orozco and Scott Brown, total opposites, are perfect candidates for a State Senate district with political bipolar disorder.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 13, 2008

Will race enter the race?

Dianne Wilkerson and Sonia Chang-Díaz don’t talk about the racial split in their Senate showdown, but it’s likely to make its mark
Two years ago, when Dianne Wilkerson inexplicably failed to submit the necessary signatures to get her name on the Democratic primary ballot for re-election as state senator, a 28-year-old upstart seized the opportunity.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 30, 2008

State’s renewable energy effort goes into neutral

Talking Politics
When it comes to advancing the cause of solar energy in Rhode Island, nothing is ever easy, or so it seems.
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 02, 2008

June 2008

Monthly forecast

By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  June 12, 2008

Sunshine needed

Political transparency is key if DiMasi is to transcend his crisis
Sal DiMasi has a track record of great accomplishment as Speaker of the House, with victories that include health-care reform, gay-marriage protection, and an economic-development package that offers unprecedented support for the arts, to cite just three examples.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 14, 2008

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