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The independent herd

Is the nation in the midst of an unheralded political realignment?
The big news in this election cycle is the rise of the Tea Party. Fair enough. But passing under the radar is an accompanying development that could have even more far-reaching consequences — the rise of an emboldened third force in our politics.
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 06, 2010

Boston pols bail on Bank of America

Locovore Banking Dept.
In this time of political stridency, where everything is either red or blue, Boston City Councilors have found a potential purple issue that everyone can stand behind, be they radical lefties or Fox News worshippers.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 14, 2010

Shaking up the school system

The Reformer
Rhode Island education commissioner Deborah Gist’s take-charge style could make a winner of a state that often seems destined to fail. But critics say her free-market approach won’t work.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 21, 2010

Hail Mary pass?

Nothing says Super Bowl Sunday like an anti-abortion ad; Ripping Rush; and more
Phillipe and Jorge noticed an interesting tidbit in the sports section of the New York Times recently.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 20, 2010

2009: The year in Phoenix blog posts

Michael Jackson, meteors, WBCN, and one very angry Obama
Our most popular blog posts from 2009
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 21, 2009

The end of the affair?

Mitt Romney's right-wing-media problem. Plus, Michael Bloomberg's blind spot.
During Mitt Romney's failed bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, he demonstrated a potent knack for wooing the conservative commentariat.
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 27, 2009

Shattered Plax

Sports blotter: Burress edition
Sports blotter: Burress edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 10, 2008

The Gates

Public art, food for the soul
This documentary from Antonio Ferrera, Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Matthew Prinzing details the tortuous journey by which “The Gates” came into being.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 09, 2008

We've got a bigger problem now

Letters to the Boston Editor: June 13, 2008
I got my first Dead Kennedys T-shirt in 1985 and have been a Michael Savage listener for years.

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

Ridge to the future

The guessing game about his running mate has begun, but if Obama’s the opponent, one man can secure the white house for McCain
With the Republican nomination officially settled, the speculation about John McCain’s choice of a running mate has already begun.
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 12, 2008

Obama outside the Boom

The first political leader of my generation acts nothing like the rest of us — which might be how he’s gotten where he is
A year ago, when I saw Obama speak on the Durham campus of the University of New Hampshire, he did not sound the way he does now.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 05, 2008

The amazing race

We break down the Presidential campaign to its six essential parts, and predict your next Commander-in-Chief.
For the past year, presidential politics has been building to the crescendo that is the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 26, 2007

Man of the people

Yes, he’s a long shot, but no other independent “candidate” has Lou Dobbs’s potential, platform, or populist appeal
This past week, CNN’s Lou Dobbs posted an online commentary in which he predicted the victory next year of a surprise presidential candidate not yet in the race.
By STEVEN STARK  |  November 14, 2007

Wrapped up

If a third candidate crowds the 2008 presidential election, the GOP will have effectively handed the election to Hillary
The upcoming presidential election was never going to be an easy one for the Republicans to win.
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 17, 2007

Mayor mistake

Letters to the Boston editor, August 24, 2007
Stark’s argument falls flat and fails to explain the threat Bloomberg poses.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 22, 2007

Rudy's mayor problem

Giuliani’s campaign-trail fortune could lay in the hands of New York City’s pesky other Hizzoner, Michael Bloomberg
The biggest threat to Giuliani’s campaign can be summed up in two words: Michael Bloomberg.
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 08, 2007

Poison ivy

What’s dooming John Edwards’s campaign to be the Democratic nominee? He never attended Harvard or Yale.
John Edwards’s campaign seems to have hit a roadblock that could seriously hurt his chances of securing the Democratic nomination.
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 01, 2007

So you want to be fair and balanced?

How to cut through the illusions created by the Web and get a clear sense of the political news
To read the politics beat this past week, you’d think something really big took place when Michael Bloomberg announced that he was leaving the Republican Party.
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 27, 2007

Drive free or die

The Romney camp’s ominous New Hampshire misstep. Plus, how should Bloomberg cover Bloomberg?
Reporter Mark Leibovich offered a parenthetical aside on a brush with former Massachusetts governor and would-be president Mitt Romney’s security detail.
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 27, 2007

Cicilline leads charge to replace economic development guru

Three years after Donald C. Eversley was ceremoniously introduced as the president of the Providence Economic Development Partnership, the partnership has moved to not renew Eversley’s contract.
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 07, 2007

Can McCain make it work?

Now that Perot-style independence is on the skids, will McCain’s ‘straight talk express’ be derailed?
The biggest story of the campaign so far has been the semi-collapse of John McCain.
By STEVEN STARK  |  April 04, 2007

The guns of Boston

Why this could be the most bullet-riddled summer in 15 years
More people were murdered in Boston over the past two months than in any May-to-June stretch since 1990.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 06, 2006

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