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URI discussion: Obama and the media


During a Thursday evening panel discussion as part of URI's Journalism Day, Marc Genest saved his bi...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 15, 2008
NPR's Mara Liasson in town on Sunday

NPR's Mara Liasson in town on Sunday


  Lots of chances to discuss the just-past presidential race. Besides David Gergen at RWU this...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 13, 2008
Thursday: Media and the 2008 election

Thursday: Media and the 2008 election


  It's tough competing with David Gergen, but yours truly will be among the panelists offering...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 11, 2008
Kos: give it up for Howard Dean

Kos: give it up for Howard Dean


  Kos today takes some justifiable pride in the accuracy of his own presidential forecast:&nbs...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 11, 2008
David Gergen at RWU on Thursday

David Gergen at RWU on Thursday


  As someone who has been a high-level aide to both Republican and Democratic presidents, Davi...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 11, 2008
In search of Common Ground

In search of Common Ground


In the aftermath of Obama's victory on Tuesday, let's consider some of the dramatic changes in recent American life. A little more than 30 years ago, the following...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 09, 2008


Covering Obama

Covering Obama


  By Ian Donnis  |  November 07, 2008
McCain camp turns on Palin

McCain camp turns on Palin


  Whether Sarah Palin will emerge as a future contender or remain just a part of the 2008 campaign will take some time to shake...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 06, 2008
Rhode Islanders played their part in Obama's win

Rhode Islanders played their part in Obama's win


  Rhode Island, with its mighty four electoral votes, is typically on the margins of presidential politics. Yet with our own New Hampshire-style presidential primary...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 06, 2008

Obama: hope restored


From an editorial in this week's Phoenix: Democrat Barack Obama's decisive win over Republican John McCain in Tuesday's election is truly a triumph of hope....
By Ian Donnis  |  November 06, 2008

Obama front-pagers a hot commodity


How to momentarily revive the flagging newspaper industry? Have a presidential election for the ages! From the NYT's City Room blog (the same thing is playing...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 05, 2008


Rickman on Obama's win

Rickman on Obama's win


Ray Rickman, the book-lover and former state rep, sent along the following thoughts, which touch on the special importance of this election for African-Americans: Events...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 05, 2008
We intensely disagree and then respect one another

We intensely disagree and then respect one another


  John McCain gave a very classy speech last night, IMHO, and Barack Obama touched on the sense of a fresh start that fueled his campaign. It...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 05, 2008
Taricani on the current American moment

Taricani on the current American moment


  WJAR-TV's Jim Taricani made a memorable comment on this post, so I thought I'd break it out here for wider consideration. For this generation, some...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 05, 2008
Last night's scene at the Biltmore

Last night's scene at the Biltmore


  Shortly before 9:30 pm last night, a huge roar went up among the Democratic crowd packing the 17th floor ballroom at the Providence Biltmore....
By Ian Donnis  |  November 05, 2008
Chafee on the Republican future

Chafee on the Republican future


  As part of my forthcoming Q+A with Linc Chafee in this week's Phoenix, I asked him about the direction of the national GOP after...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 05, 2008


Patrick Kennedy on Obama

Patrick Kennedy on Obama


  US Representative Patrick J. Kennedy, the son of US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and a nephew of JFK -- a figure to whom Obama has...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 05, 2008
Whitehouse on Obama and how he did it

Whitehouse on Obama and how he did it


  Last night, I asked US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse how Obama achieved his improbable victory and what it means to him. Here's what he had...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 05, 2008
Big win for Obama

Big win for Obama



By Ian Donnis  |  November 05, 2008
Politico's Election Night benchmarks

Politico's Election Night benchmarks


  See you at the Biltmore. Signs to look for tonight, via Politico: FIRST ROUND KNOCKOUT. Eastern Indiana reports at 6 p.m., with polling places...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 04, 2008
The megabucks of Election 2008

The megabucks of Election 2008


Regardless of who wins tonight, the primary importance of money in our political system remains well-entrenched. Obama has succeeded in taking a page from the...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 04, 2008


What will we all do when the election's over?

What will we all do when the election's over?


  An election-obsessed friend last week told me she was prepared for a case of depressed bride syndrome -- a feeling of let-down once the...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 04, 2008
Chafee: Laffey unelectable as governor in RI

Chafee: Laffey unelectable as governor in RI


  Lincoln Chafee, part of a group of present and former Republicans who rallied behind Barack Obama, will be among the Obama supporters camped out...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 04, 2008
Winning the ground war

Winning the ground war


  Obama's steady climb above McCain in most polls coincided with the outbreak of the fiscal crisis in September. Yet all along, some smart people believed it...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 04, 2008
FiveThirtyEight's time in the sun

FiveThirtyEight's time in the sun


  I was going to include Nate Silver's name in the headline for this post, but he's better known by his Web site, FiveThirtyEight.com, which...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 03, 2008

Countdown to Election '08


A reminder on the related stuff on Election night . . . -- RI Democrats will be at the Providence Biltmore ballroom. -- RI Republicans will...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 03, 2008


Redistribution goes both ways

Redistribution goes both ways


 With Sarah Palin and others in the McCain trying to push the "socialist" tag on Obama, former AG candidate Bill Harsch, in a letter published...
By Ian Donnis  |  November 03, 2008
Sarah Palin vs. the media, round 3256

Sarah Palin vs. the media, round 3256


  Continuing some of her previous tactics, Sarah Palin is making a homestretch bash on the media (h/t Halperin): "If [the media] convince enough voters...
By Ian Donnis  |  October 31, 2008
All-purpose Election Night post

All-purpose Election Night post


  A rundown on the related stuff on Election night . . . -- RI Democrats will be at the Providence Biltmore ballroom. -- RI Republicans...
By Ian Donnis  |  October 31, 2008
The alt-candidates of 2008

The alt-candidates of 2008


  Besides Obama and McCain, Rhode Islanders will have five additional choices for president next Tuesday. In this week's Phoenix, Steven Stycos offers a look...
By Ian Donnis  |  October 30, 2008