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Can the Netroots triumph in Rhode island?

Stories of State Representative David Segal’s nascent, underdog run for Congress invariably make a nod to the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. And rightly so.
On the Hustings
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 21, 2010

Yesterday's Results: A farewell to Arlen, anti-incumbency, and how the GOP women fared


Well, we won't have Arlen Specter to kick around anymore. As you probably know, he was defeated in the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary; Joe Sestak...
By David S. Bernstein  |  May 19, 2010
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Health-Care-Reform Town Hall All-Stars

Shamelessly successful political-smear campaigns yield exalted martyrs.
Plumb and Dumber Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 21, 2009

More fun in Nawt Prov

Sal Mancini would be proud.
Tales of Ebay Cholly. Plus, our sorry state, kissing cops, and the GOP.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 31, 2009
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Female Trouble

Conventional political wisdom says that for a party to oppose a woman — or a women's issue — it's best to send out a female spokesperson.
A shocking dearth of Republican female pols should have the party in a panic. So why doesn't it care?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 05, 2009
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Is the party over for the GOP in RI?

In a state known for its political obsessions, there is remarkably little in the way of rabid protest here.
A disastrous election in '08. A depleted war chest. Dismal approval ratings for the outgoing governor. Yet the faithful see hope for a Republican revival
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 15, 2009


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Arlen the Family

So, Arlen Specter is now a Democrat. That's old news.
Will Specter the Defector trigger a Democratic domination, or is his jump the sign of a growing moderate revolution?
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 08, 2009
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Generation Green

Republicans have a lot to say about the immorality of saddling the next generation with our national debt. But when it comes to leaving them a wrecked, depleted, and rapidly warming planet, they are taking the exact opposite line.
Once derided as tree huggers, eco-friendly youth are now the nation's most powerful (and feared) voting bloc. So why isn't the GOP listening?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 08, 2009
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Whitehouse: Pushing to pull the truth about Bush's war skullduggery from under bus

Rhode Island's Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse had a Joseph Welch moment during last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
Digging deep
By PETER VOSKAMP  |  March 11, 2009
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Crunch time for Obama and Hillary

If you are a believer in omens — you no doubt picked up on the portent of Billary and Barack’s recent prime time TV buys in the Biggest Little .
Advertising time slots offers a preview of the results
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 27, 2008
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Protest I

On Tuesday, 40 gagged demonstrators, clad in orange prisoner-style jumpsuits, made their way from the center of Boston to the JFK Federal Building.
Fighting for your right to civil liberties
By CAROLINE PERRY  |  June 27, 2007


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Savage love

First things first: congratulations to Globe reporter Charlie Savage on a much-deserved Pulitzer Prize.
What we talk about when we talk about the Globe’s Pulitzer
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 18, 2007
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Pardons are forever

Prediction: Before leaving office, President Bush will issue a shockingly large number of presidential pardons to operatives who, with the administration’s blessing, ventured far outside the law to wage Bush’s “war on terror.” Who might need - and get
To get his friends and allies out of the mess he created, George W. Bush is going to have to issue a slew of pardons
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  August 22, 2006
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Laffey attacks from the center

When Cranston Mayor Stephen P. Laffey announced last week that he didn’t even want the state Republican Party’s endorsement it marked a textbook move in the upstart’s stiff Republican primary challenge to US Senator Lincoln Chafee.
The Cranston conservative needs to broaden his support if he’s going to oust Chafee
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 11, 2006

Immigrant Rights

Starting in January, a buzz about a supposed upsurge in federal immigration raids kept undocumented immigrants away from work, classes, and errands in Providence.
“Raids” prove overstated, but concerns remain  
By VANESSA HUANG  |  March 22, 2006

Senators fight snooping

President Bush authorized spying on US citizens without bothering to seek the approval of a federal court. A Maine senator is leading the charge to find out why.
Our voices in Washington, DC
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 04, 2006