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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

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.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  September 24, 2010

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

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

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


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

The Democrats' ambitious new chairman

Last month, just a few weeks removed from his long-held post as chairman of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, Bill Lynch walked into the party’s convention as a Congressional candidate and didn’t come close to securing the endorsement.
Party time
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 23, 2010

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

Down ballot drama

The race for governor and the scramble to replace retiring Representative Patrick J. Kennedy have obsessed Rhode Island's chattering class. But all the talk has obscured an intriguing set of "down ballot" races for lieutenant governor, attorney general,
Important races to watch in '10
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 12, 2010

Lynch to Appear at Drinking Liberally

Drinking Liberally, the lefty drinking club, will be hosting Congressional candidate Bill Lynch at the Wild Colonial bar Wednesday nigt at 8 p.m. The event...
By David Scharfenberg  |  February 19, 2010

Political pig pile

For some time now, we at Casa Diablo have been aware of what is either a heinous conspiracy involving the timing of local news revelations or just another unfair law of nature.
Kennedy sets off a free-for-all; bad news for Loughlin and Dennigan
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 19, 2010

What now?

Representative Patrick J. Kennedy's campaigns were always about something far larger than Rhode Island's First Congressional District, which snakes from Burrillville down through the Blackstone Valley and into Newport.
Kennedy's exit rewrites the political game book.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 19, 2010

RI ’08: Prelude to 2010

During a national election season in which “change” remains the dominant motif, Rhode Island politics is locked in a holding pattern marked by a Democratic stranglehold on state and federal offices.
In a national year of change, stasis is likely to prevail at the General Assembly
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 29, 2008

A tale of two TV stories

Bill Rappleye, of WJAR-TV, was pursuing the adversarial relationship between reporters and elected officials when he asked Governor Carcieri to explain why he isn’t violating the state’s anti-nepotism law.
Hidden influence can be a bigger concern than aggressive reporters
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 18, 2008


The trouble with Carcieri’s musical chairs

Well, so much for the Carcieri administration’s assurances that the governor’s latest round of musical chairs would not bring with it an increase in staff positions and/or salary costs.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  March 12, 2008

A one-stop guide to RI’s delegates and superdelegates

Get a load of how the Democratic Party selects its presidential nominee — and how Rhode Island fits into this process.
By MATT JERZYK  |  February 27, 2008

Mark Weiner for President?

There has been much hand-wringing recently over whether superdelegates will hijack the Democrats’ presidential-selection process.
Superdelegates are not so super in a punitive democracy
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 13, 2008

Patrick Lynch goes for broke

One small basketball photo lurks inconspicuously on a far wall in the spacious South Main Street office of Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch.
In gunning for Governor, the term-limited AG has little to lose
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 23, 2008

Will King have a hangover? Plus, Palangio,RI Nexus, and Chafee

King’s unsuccessful primary campaign featured sharp criticism of some leading legislative Democrats.
Politics + media
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 26, 2007


Pushing to replace Bush

On an overcast night in early June, nearly 100 of US Senator Barack Obama’s local supporters crowded into the Peerless Lofts in downtown Providence.
Rhode Islanders are getting busy while supporting their favorite democrats
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  July 11, 2007

What’s next for Steve Laffey?

Can you imagine Steve Laffey — a tireless self-promoter and all-around media hog — not returning a phone call from a reporter?
With a forthcoming book about his senatorial campaign, he looms as a prospective gubernatorial candidate in 2010
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 31, 2007

Stakes remain high in private staffing controversy

Less than four months ago, Governor Donald L. Carcieri painted an upbeat picture during his State of the State address for 2007.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 18, 2007

Rhode Island at a crossroads

Among the hundred young people at a recent State House rally was a 17-year-old high school student, who could find himself in one of two places — either in college or homeless — a year from now.
This year’s budget could signal a major shift in the state’s underlying principles
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  April 25, 2007

Déjà vu all over again for RI GOP

Lincoln Chafee should be the next head of the Rhode Island Republican Party.
Carcieri faces failure in having fostered a real two-party system
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 15, 2006


Campaign winners and sinners

It’s almost all over but the counting.
A pre-election dissection of the tasty, the terrible, and the in-between
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 01, 2006

The blacks try to get back in the game

If ever there were a golden opportunity to increase black political representation in Rhode Island, it would be this fall’s City Council elections in Providence, home to the largest black community in the state.
Increased political organizing is targeted after years of lethargy
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 18, 2006

Campaign follies

You can always learn something from watching television commercials.
Faster, GOP Senate candidates! Kill! kill!
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 17, 2006

Depena leaving RI Democratic Party post for city job

After attracting mixed reviews during two-and-a-half years in the job, Depena is leaving to take a position next month as executive director of the moribund Providence Human Relations Commission.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 14, 2006