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How much do lobbyists pay to get their way?

In 2008, corporations spent more than $3 million to hire lobbyists to protect their interests at the Rhode Island State House.
Special interests are big spenders at the State House
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  March 18, 2009
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Falling down

Critics of the state Department of Corrections say the hostage-taking last June at the Maine State Prison dramatically illustrates that the concrete, high-tech lockup in Warren is showing cracks from stress on the prison guards.
Mistreatment of Maine prison guards lands heavily on inmates
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 05, 2008
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The battle of the smallest state

Clinton bathed in the intense affection of an adoring crowd, her every statement punctuated by wild applause, chants, and a rising sea of blue signs touting her campaign.
The Rhode Island wields a rare impact as Clinton and Obama go head to head
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 29, 2008
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State house stalemate

Many Rhode Islanders take an almost visceral delight in those occasions when a state worker is shown to be goofing off on the public’s dime.
Carcieri takes another run at cutting state workers, but the outlook is murky
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 12, 2007
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Go for the gelt

Much has been made of how Mitt Romney has been courting evangelical-Christian support for his presidential ambitions. But Romney is also seeking friends — and, more important, money — among Jews.
Romney woos the jews. Plus, The Mass GOP fails to anoint a leader; negative funding in ’06; and a slow start to the at-large city council field
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 10, 2007
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It wasn’t a dream

Many observers believe the Democrats’ gains were mostly a one-time rejection of all things Republican. But is this just the beginning of a period of political ascendancy for the Democratic Party? Ten to beat: Republicans who are ripe for the picking.
Four signs that the Democratic gains in 2006 could mark the start of a new, blue era in American politics
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 28, 2006


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Rebels in the general assembly

To the displeasure of progressives around Rhode Island, the Democrat-controlled General Assembly this year passed mammoth tax cuts for the wealthiest of Rhode Islanders — the same kind of tax cuts for which national Democrats have hammered President Geor
Can progressives change the debate on the issues that matter?
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  October 18, 2006
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Shaking up the ballot

Massachusetts liberals — tired of being taken for granted by the entrenched, centrist, business-friendly, mainstream machine of Democratic politics — have a new plan for making themselves heard. A placeholder party: How fusion voting would work. By Da
Is it possible to rewrite the rules of Massachusetts politics? A group of progressives thinks so, and they’re putting it to a vote this fall.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 28, 2006

Critics target fight against real ID

Even before the May 1 march that mobilized thousands to march in support of immigrant rights, a spectrum of Rhode Islanders have been strategizing about how to respond to a piece of federal legislation that passed last year without Congressional debate
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By VANESSA HUANG  |  May 24, 2006

Jamestown loses its erection

Jamestown Bridge is falling down, falling down. James­town Bridge is falling down, my fair lady!
The big blow-up could be a spectacle for the ages
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 12, 2006