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  • November 03, 2008
    By Chris Faraone

    I leave my friend’s apartment and a police officer stops me outside his door. She’s nice enough, but she still takes my name for allegedly matching the description of someone who was snooping around. It could have been me after all – that’s essentially what I do for a living.

    There’s a heavy police presence on the train.

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  • November 03, 2008
    By Chris Faraone

    Whether or not Chicago is Obama country largely depends on where you are and who you’re talking to. As anyone who’s ever met a Massachusetts Republican will attest, there’s ignorance and insanity no matter how blue the turf may be.

    Last night I grabbed a drink before dinner at a hole outside the downtown loop. The joint – simply called Richard’s Bar – is the sort of spot where you’d expect to find McCain supporters, or at least Obama haters.

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  • November 03, 2008
    By Jeff Inglis

    Here's what the Obama campaign staff are really up to today, courtesy of UltimateImprov.com:

  • November 02, 2008
    By Chris Faraone

    Before touching down in Chicago, I had a romantic vision that this would be some sort of blue Utopia – a prObama mirage hidden between New York and Los Angeles. In my dreams, Obama-Biden posters line every block, with small children gleefully hoisting “Change” signs on all corners.

    And to some degree – depending on where you are – it’s almost like that.

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  • November 02, 2008
    By Chris Faraone

    I meet a nice woman in the airport who’s flying to California for her lesbian sister’s shotgun wedding. With Proposition 8 looming on the left coast, gay couples are rushing to tie knots. My new friend tells me that thousands of Mormons have been bussed into Cali to pass out hateful literature at busy intersections.

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  • November 01, 2008
    By Chris Faraone

    I’m off to Chicago, but my original plan for this week was to hit Washington D.C. with a pit stop in Scranton. Even though the latter is a cliché reporter destination this election season, it’s as good a snap shot of the dummy belt that one can get without venturing too far off the coast.

    But then I thought: who cares about Capitol Hill aides, Republicans, and foolish undecided voters? Sure, if newsroom budgets were what they were 30 years ago, every alt weekly in the country would even dispatch writers to Arizona just to watch John McCain’s presidential hopes dry up once and for all.

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  • October 30, 2008
    By Sara Faith Alterman

    I have just been informed that I am not allowed to vote.

    Despite mailing in my voter registration, ON TIME, to the CORRECT ADDRESS, apparently it was "lost in the mail," according to the woman who works at the City of Somerville (where I live) Election Department. Because I moved out of the city where I was previously registered more than 18 months ago, I am, per her words "unable to vote on November 4th."

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  • October 29, 2008
    By Sara Faith Alterman

    Last night, my mother and I were discussing, what else, the upcoming election, and Mom referred to Sarah Palin as "Lady Six-Pack." I like it. Let's spread that one around, Internets.

  • October 28, 2008
    By Jeff Inglis

    Portland Phoenix managing editor Jeff Inglis will be on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation program this afternoon from 2:40 to 3 pm, talking about the importance of voting and taking calls from listeners.

    Inspired by a piece I wrote about "RickeyPAC" (see "Who's Your Rickey?", October 17), and based on the effort of a group of friends of mine to convince another friend to vote, NPR is including our effort in their coverage of the run-up to the presidential election.

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  • October 22, 2008
    By Sara Faith Alterman

    The Jews are not enough!

    With the battle for the Swing States still in full, well, swing, it's imperative that the presidential candidates do whatever they can to try and influence voters in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida, and do it quickly.

    The recent Great Schlep (the Sarah Silverman-endorsed initiative to encourage young Jewish people to travel down to Florida and convince their grandparents to vote for Barack Obama) was one of the more creative ways that Barack Obama's supporters have conjured to try and garner votes and media attention.

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  • October 16, 2008
    By Sara Faith Alterman

    Well, technically, my name is "Sara."

    I digress.

     

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  • October 16, 2008
    By Chris Faraone

    I applaud Boston’s young conservatives. Thanks to a gentlemanly invitation from Rich Wheeler at the Massachusetts Federation of Young Republicans, I watched this past night’s debate with a herd of Alex P. Keatons at The Place outside Faneuil Hall. And while I expected to find a rowdy bunch of politically intolerant yuppies, they weren’t rowdy whatsoever.

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  • October 15, 2008
    By Sara Faith Alterman

    I just noticed that my own application to re-register is sitting on my desk. Registrations must be postmarked by TODAY.

    If you need an application, click here. (I wouldn't RickRoll a fellow voter, promise.)

  • October 15, 2008
    By Chris Faraone

    Tonight’s debate between Barack Obama and John McCain is at Hofstra University in my old Long Island backyard. I’ve noticed that when earlier debates were held in other corners of the America, some questions were formulated to fit the needs and interests of the local electorate. Since I know suburban New York well, I decided to pen some questions that Long Islanders could relate to.

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