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This year’s follies highlight the biggest problem in Rhode Island politics: amateurism

About halfway through Democrat Anthony Gemma's ridiculous Congressional campaign, I began to wonder if it was all an elaborate piece of performance art.
State House blunders
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 21, 2012

The foulest of the fowl: the Phoenix presents its fourth annual dishonor roll

Ah, Thanksgiving. Mashed potatoes, football, that asshole uncle of yours.
Turkey time
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 23, 2012

Did Gemma land enough blows on Cicilline?

Early this week, WPRI-TV released a poll giving Congressman David Cicilline a 12-point lead on his Democratic primary rival, businessman Anthony Gemma.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 31, 2012

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

Can Anthony Gemma’s feel-good wonkery and pent-up rage beat David Cicilline this time?

There is a strange duality to businessman Anthony Gemma's all-but-official Congressional campaign.
Jekyll and Hyde
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 23, 2012

In 2012, election year intrigue awaits

The new year is, of course, an election year. And while the presidential race will probably be less-than-dramatic in Rhode Island, there will be plenty of other intriguing fare for the political junkie.
Punditry Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 30, 2011


Segal weighs another race

David Segal hasn't decided whether he'll run for Congress. Far from it. But it is mulling season. And he is mulling.
Thinking It Over
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 03, 2011

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

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

Could Cicilline be in for a surprise on Tuesday?

With the Democratic primary for Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District seat in the home stretch, most observers say Providence Mayor David Cicilline is the man to beat. And there is much to recommend the view.
Primary wisdom
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 10, 2010

Hand puppets and Hope: Grading the candidates' ads

Primary season is upon us. And the four Democrats vying to succeed retiring 1st District Congressman Patrick Kennedy are engaged in a particularly lively air war on television and the Interzone.
Air War
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 03, 2010


An angry electorate? Eh, whatever

Whither the rage? Rhode Island's Great Recession — greater, even, than the national model — was supposed to conjure a once-in-a-generation anti-incumbent fever. But so far, it's looking more like a modest headache.
Dud Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 20, 2010

Knowing no shame

The recent rush to adjourn the 2010 General Assembly session on the arbitrary date of June 10 was an affront to the Rhode Island citizenry and a low mark for the state’s politicians.
The disgraceful General Assembly; hail, do-gooders; and a plea for ProHo
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 18, 2010