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West on the new political landscape

Darrell West, former political science professor at Brown University, moved to the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington a few years back. But he never quite left Rhode Island behind.
Q&A
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 04, 2013
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Not tough enough?

Amid massive deficits and escalating pension problems, a certain tough guy chic has taken hold in State Houses across the country.
While governors nationwide slash their way out of crisis, Chafee plays Mr. Nice Guy
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 15, 2011
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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

Tanked

The term "think tank" looks as if it signifies something impressive.
A few guppies short
By AL DIAMON  |  March 19, 2010
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Does Scott Brown’s victory mean doom for RI Democrats?

Republican Scott Brown's stunning victory this week in the race for the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat in Massachusetts has created something approaching panic in the ranks of Congressional Democrats.
Fallout
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 22, 2010
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Chafee and the hazards of a bold politics

By the time a candidate for major office steps up to the microphone to officially declare for the seat, everyone already knows his intentions.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 08, 2010


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It will not be a dull year!

The New Year is shaping up as potent dope for the political junkie.
The governor’s race, gambling, drama on Smith Hill, and more is on tap in 2010
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 08, 2010

An Obama confidant on the surge in Afghanistan

Twenty-four hours before President Barack Obama announced a 30,000-troop escalation of the Afghan War, one of his key foreign policy advisors provided a view of the president’s thinking at Brown University.
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By STEVEN STYCOS  |  December 04, 2009
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State House status

Rhode Island voters, for all their supposed insularity, are an increasingly progressive bunch.
In a purportedly liberal state, the Rhode Island General Assembly has a stubbornly conservative bent. But can progressive politics make a dent in 2010?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 14, 2009

Cicilline, the firefighters, and the politics of protest

It is, on some level, hard to pick any winners in the li'l Rhody's latest battle royale.
Citywatch
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 19, 2009

Some kind of salvation

In 2008, Sean Faircloth, then a state representative from Bangor, lost his bid to become Maine's attorney general, mostly because lots of legislators questioned his credibility. When your credibility is so shaky that even politicians notice, you have a
Politics and other mistakes  
By AL DIAMON  |  June 19, 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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Eyes on the prize

We interrupt the Lincoln Chafee buzz fest to bring you this little nugget of news: there are a few Democrats who'd like to be governor, too.  
Hold on, Linc Chafee! Dems Frank Caprio, Patrick Lynch, and Elizabeth Roberts would also like to be governor in 2010
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 24, 2009
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Maine House candidates

As with the candidates for Maine Senate, we compiled some biographical information on each candidate and then asked each person what they would take action on right up front, if they were elected.
Who wants to go to Augusta?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008

Ideas and optimism, plus more reports!

Last Friday, at the annual GrowSmart summit held at the Augusta Civic Center, more than 500 people checked in on Maine’s progress.  
Grow smarter
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 16, 2008
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Too scared to win?

What people want is someone who knows what he believes, says so, and stands up for it even in the face of criticism.
Barack Obama must fight for his principles, or he’ll give away the keys to the White House
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 30, 2008


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Booked up

Summertime, and the reading is easy.
Several shelves’ worth of summer reads
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  June 09, 2008
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Can’t anybody here play this game?

The need to reinvent Rhode Island’s economic infrastructure — which remains anemic compared with most of its neighbors in New England — is more urgent than ever.
Rhode Island remains trapped between economic distress and missed opportunities
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 21, 2008
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Our championship season

This year’s New England Press Association annual awards dinner forsook the Park Plaza’s rubber chicken for the upper-scale poultry fare at the Marriott Copley Place. And the food’s not the only reason we’re glad we went.
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By CLIF GARBODEN  |  February 13, 2008
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Three firsts at NEPA

Portland Phoenix contributing writers and staff took three first-place awards at the New England Press Association’s annual awards banquet February 9, and three second-place honors as well.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 13, 2008

Committee of onions and failure

To help me decide on a topic for this week’s column, I assembled a blue-ribbon commission.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 02, 2008


Hustlenomics

All human beings are born with an innate sense that they’re fiscally responsible.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 24, 2007
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Unvarnished

Maine is at a unique crossroads.
In search of authentic Maine
By SARA DONNELLY  |  September 27, 2006