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Break on through

When I spoke with Treasurer Gina Raimondo this week, I opened with the obligatory question about whether she'll run for governor. "I'm seriously considering it," she said. "But I think as you know — we've talked about it before — I have little kids: a si
If Gina Raimondo shatters the glass ceiling in the 2014 governor's race, it may be male voters who get her there
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 29, 2013
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Can Providence rise to the greatest civil rights challenge of our times?

Standardized test scores — cold, flawed, too often depressing — come and go with little notice these days; an ugly drumbeat we'd prefer to ignore.
School reform
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 08, 2013
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A crowded field is gearing up to unseat Chafee

There will be plenty on the political calendar this coming year to titillate Rhode Island's chattering classes.
The race is (already) on
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 28, 2012
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Rough times for Raimondo; bottom-feeding in Newtown; remembering Ravi

A tough couple of weeks for corporate darling and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
Un-treasured memories
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 21, 2012

Cicilline’s comeback foretold

WPRI-TV released a new poll this week giving Congressman David Cicilline a six-point edge on his Republican rival Brendan Doherty.
Survey Says
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 05, 2012

Bruce to the rescue; naked truth; parade time; ye olde ink-stained wretches

P&J were as intrigued as everyone with the on-the-spot photos of the Beavertail Light boat rescue on the front page of the BeloJo last week.
We could be heroes
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 15, 2012


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On politics, the media, and Providence’s ‘hidden gem’

It was quite the week in local news and here at Chez Phoenix .
Week In Review
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 04, 2012
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Can Cicilline’s apology clear the decks?

This week, Providence mayor-turned-Congressman David Cicilline appeared on WPRI-TV to apologize.
Mea Culpa
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 13, 2012

Breaking down the cost of Brown; birth control mirth; business as usual

Mayor Angel Taveras and Brown University are locked in a nasty fight over upping the school's payments to the city. And the university's governing board has announced it will hike tuition and fees by 3.5 percent next year.
Hill hiking
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 17, 2012
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On the rebound

Nine months ago, first-term Congressman David Cicilline's Washington career seemed over before it had begun.
Months after his political career seemed doomed, Congressman David Cicilline has made a slow, steady comeback. Will it hold?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 04, 2011
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With Occu-Stock, a movement seeks direction

Occupy Providence has only just begun to sink its roots into the dusty turf of Burnside Park. But already, there is talk of what comes next.
Futures
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 28, 2011


Taveras' Middling Poll Numbers


A new poll out of Brown's Taubman Center reinforces an ironclad rule of politics: it's the economy. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has received glowing press...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 29, 2011
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Charm City looks for inspiration

This is not the only area in which Maryland and the Biggest Little are seeking synergy.
Where? La Prov and the Bucket. Plus, how to stay plugged in
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  June 24, 2011
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Rhode Island's urban agenda

If you care about Rhode Island's struggling cities, this is — to put it mildly — a rather important moment.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 06, 2011
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Cicilline on the hot seat

It's been a brutal couple of months for Providence mayor-turned-freshman Congressman David Cicilline.
But he's not cooked yet
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 29, 2011

Getting Ugly for Cicilline


Running for higher office from the mayor's chair is always a difficult proposition. City Hall comes with baggage. That made former Mayor David Cicilline's triumph...
By David Scharfenberg  |  March 03, 2011


Labor, Layoffs and Education Reform


Steve Smith, president of the Providence Teachers Union, has been a pivotal figure in Rhode Island's education reform movement. He has joined with Providence Superintendent...
By David Scharfenberg  |  March 02, 2011

Taveras Appoints Democratic Fundraiser City Solicitor


Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has named Jeffrey Padwa, who co-chaired Barack Obama's Rhode Island presidential campaign, his city solicitor.Padwa, who has been serving as treasurer...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 14, 2011

United wussies of America

"We're becoming a nation of wussies." Well, that's a hell of a way to wrap up a year.
Summing up '10; life in the biggest little; communication breakdowns
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 31, 2010
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. . . Just glad to see me?

Phillipe and Jorge's Plaxico Burress Award goes to State Representative Peter Petrarca who was charged Saturday night with illegally firing a gun outside Club Karma, of which he is part owner, in the ProHo district of Our Little Towne.
Bad karma; a Complex Christmas; the Darwin Awards; J.R. at City Hall
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 17, 2010
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Angel Taveras on design, technology — and his theme song

With the New Year rapidly approaching, Providence's mayor-elect Angel Taveras has been busy assembling a ginormous transition team and fending off a small army of job-seekers.
Urban Affairs
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 03, 2010


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Caprio's Clinton fixation

It was the highlight of Democrat Frank Caprio's bid for governor: an endorsement by Bill Clinton before an enormous American flag at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
The gubernatorial hopeful is running an ‘It’s The Economy, Stupid’ campaign. But will the centrist approach work in a liberal-leaning state?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 22, 2010
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The death of Irish-Italian political entitlement

Angel Taveras may soon be Providence’s first Latino mayor. But his victory in the recent Democratic primary is much more than a triumph of the city’s growing Hispanic population.
Tribes
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  September 24, 2010

Post-primary punditry; war games; holy howlers; words worth reading

OK, boys and girls, the primaries are over. Let’s see what hit the floor when the chips fell on Tuesday.
Fallen chips
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 17, 2010
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Flying blind: A primary-season post-mortem

With little public polling on the most hotly contested races in memory, Rhode Island’s pundit class was in the dark as the primary approached. But could the presence of a high-profile gay candidate make opinion surveys suspect anyway?
With little public polling on the most hotly contested races in memory, Rhode Island’s pundit class was in the dark as the primary approached
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 17, 2010

The most wonderful (not) time of year: P+J's endorsements

Yes, it's election time and, sad to say, all those ridiculous television ads that are designed to capture the "moron vote" (by far, the largest sector of the voting public) are in heavy rotation.
Plus, pushing for a free press at CCRI; remembering Nathan
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 10, 2010


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David Cicilline for Congress

All elections are important, of course. But Rhode Island voters have a rare opportunity this fall to remake the state’s political hierarchy in sweeping fashion.
Plus, Taveras for mayor of Providence, and Fernandez for attorney general
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 10, 2010
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Providence's mayoral candidates, on bended knee

In a parallel universe, where serial candidate Christopher Young's antics are simply an ingenious bit of performance art — and not evidence of a worrisome and often obnoxious instability — his display at the recent Providence mayoral debate might quali
Wedding Bells
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 27, 2010

Election attracting urine stains

For those who have felt that the entertainment value of Our Little Towne’s mayoral elections has been in serious decline since the Bud-I’s extended stay in New Jersey, look no further than the RIFuture blog.
Drama queens and vampire squids
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 23, 2010
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Joe Paolino weighs a different kind of mayoral run

It had been rumored for some time.
The Independent
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 16, 2010