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Blowhards blown away; our humble endorsements; do your part!

Cock-eyed optimists that Phillipe and Jorge are, we always look for the silver lining in hurricane-driven clouds.
Saved by the storm
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 02, 2012

Election 2012: the big finish

If you live in Rhode Island, own a television, and have a pulse, you know there is a quite nasty Congressional race underway, pitting Representative David Cicilline against Republican challenger Brendan Doherty.
Cicilline and Doherty go to the wire — and what it all means
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 02, 2012

Chi Chi and Ant-knee face off; Doherty’s not a diva; great vengeance

Your superior correspondents, after a few belts of Pernod and grapefruit to get us in the mood, tuned in to the Democratic Congressional primary debate on the big screen in Casa Diablo's Boom Boom Room this week.
Midget wrestling
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 31, 2012

How does Doherty measure up?

After Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown pulled off his stunning victory in the January 2010 special election to fill Senator Ted Kennedy's seat, every political reporter and strategist in New England was eager to anoint the next truck-driving, populi
Can Rhode Island's GOP hopeful win over voters like golden boy Scott Brown?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 24, 2012

The pols’ kids are all right; pack your bags, Bobby V.; vidal’s rich legacy

Phillipe and Jorge can tell you that we were angels as 'utes, never giving our parents the least bit of trouble amidst the exploding hormones.
Teen frenzy
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 10, 2012

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


After another dismal poll, Cicilline’s (narrow) path to victory

Another week, another God-awful poll for freshman Congressman David Cicilline. The latest: a WPRI-TV-commissioned survey that found voters favoring Republican challenger Brendan Doherty 49 to 34 percent in a head-to-head matchup.
Survey Says
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 02, 2012

Doherty Backs Romney

Republican Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty endorsed Mitt Romney for president today. And it's hard not to see a defense of his own candidacy in his...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 04, 2012

Langevin, Cicilline at War Over Redistricting

Congressman James Langevin's office is sharply criticizing Congressman David Cicilline tonight after the release of a new redistricting map that would shift large swaths of...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 12, 2011

In the GOP Primary: National Defense

With former state Representative and all-but-official Congressional candidate John J. Loughlin II set to return to Rhode Island from an Army Reserve deployment in Iraq...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 09, 2011

Loughlin, returning from Iraq, faces a tough challenge

John J. Loughlin II — Army Reservist, former state representative, and all-but-official Republican candidate for Congress — is due back in Rhode Island late this month after a seven-month deployment in Iraq. And he'll encounter a political scene quite d
Political Science Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 02, 2011

Loughlin v. Doherty: the Staff Wars

Republican Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty's decision, last month, to hire former Rhode Island GOP Chairman Giovanni Cicione as his campaign manager and spokesman has created...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 28, 2011

Carcieri Endorses Doherty

No great surprise here, but now it's official. Former Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri has endorsed Republican Brendan Doherty, former superintendent of the state police,...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 02, 2011

Doherty Names Campaign Team

Former Rhode Island GOP chairman Giovanni Cicione is among the consultants retired police Col. Brendan Doherty has named to his campaign team for the Republican primary...
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 03, 2011

The Loughlin Message Game

Republican John J. Loughlin II's Congressional campaign formally trotted out the endorsement of House Minority Leader Brian Newberry today. No great surprise. Newberry has been on...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 12, 2011

The GOP's Shift

New York Times columnist David Brooks has an interesting piece today on why we need to take Texas Governor Rick Perry's presidential ambitions seriously. Among...
By David Scharfenberg  |  August 26, 2011


From top cop to capitol hill?

It is hard to imagine a better Republican candidate for Rhode Island's First Congressional District than Colonel Brendan Doherty, the retired superintendent of state police.
Former State Police superintendent Brendan Doherty could mount a serious challenge to Congressman David Cicilline. But first he has to tame his restive GOP
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 19, 2011

In the Phoenix: Doherty, Old Timer's Tap

I've got a cover story in this week's Phoenix on Colonel Brendan Doherty's nascent Congressional campaign. What struck me in reporting this piece - and...
By David Scharfenberg  |  August 17, 2011

Loughlin Fires Back

The sniping continues between the camps of GOP Congressional rivals John J. Loughlin II and Brendan Doherty, vying for the chance to unseat Congressman David...
By David Scharfenberg  |  July 27, 2011

Doherty Camp "Disappointed" in GOP Chairs

As N4N reported last week, Republican Congressional candidate John J. Loughlin II's campaign has organized a fundraiser in September that will feature 16 different city...
By David Scharfenberg  |  July 26, 2011

Farrelly Brothers to Host Doherty Fundraiser

There's something about Brendan. Filmmakers Peter and Bobby Farrelly, who hail from Cumberland, have agreed to host a fundraiser for Brendan Doherty, the retired police...
By David Scharfenberg  |  July 25, 2011

GOP Town Chairs Line Up Behind Loughlin

Republican Congressional candidate John J. Loughlin II, who is serving overseas in Iraq, has fallen behind GOP rival Brendan Doherty on the fundraising front. Doherty,...
By David Scharfenberg  |  July 22, 2011

RI GOP to Vote on Closing Primary in October

In a move that could have implications for the looming Republican Congressional primary between Brendan Doherty and John J. Loughlin II, the Rhode Island Republican State Central...
By David Scharfenberg  |  July 21, 2011

Why, GOP, Why?

As Washington lurches inexorably toward a lesser budget deal, Congressman David Cicilline must be thanking his lucky stars. The broader deal that President Obama and...
By David Scharfenberg  |  July 18, 2011

Whitehouse Reports Nearly $800K for First Quarter

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's campaign reports that he raised $780,000 in the second quarter of the year, leaving him with $2.2 million in cash on hand. It's...
By David Scharfenberg  |  July 12, 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

The journalist makes news; don't buy it; two fond farewells

"ri monthly has a story coming out where I am listed as one of the top 10 most powerful in ri. If they try to f*** me, I will kill them." Who said that? John DePetro, WPRO's morning talk show weasel.
Pop goes the weasel
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 19, 2010

Caught in Providence

Our partner in radio crime, Buddy "Vincent A" Cianci, has been creaming his jeans on the air recently.
Trouble in the capital city; Flo’s goes national; separated at birth; and more
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 12, 2010

Downsizing the Mob

The arrest of 17 people last week as part of "Operation Mobbed Up" — as well as the subsequent discovery in East Providence of human remains thought to be those of Joseph "Joe Onions" Scanlon — put front and center the bygone days of the Rhode Island Mo
State Police superintendent Brendan Doherty discusses the fade of OC in RI
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 26, 2008