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The upside of hope in Rhode Island
Everywhere one turns these days, there's seemingly more bad news about Rhode Island: the unemployment rate, one of the highest in the nation, tops 10 percent — and the state's running out of unemployment assistance.
Nine individuals who are bullish and optimistic amid the state's current tough times
| January 28, 2009
Chafee for governor?
For now, Lincoln Chafee has the luxury of discussing his political future as a riddle wrapped up in an enigma.
Running as an independent, he could thumb his nose at the worst of both parties
| April 10, 2008
The battle of the smallest state
Clinton bathed in the intense affection of an adoring crowd, her every statement punctuated by wild applause, chants, and a rising sea of blue signs touting her campaign.
The Rhode Island wields a rare impact as Clinton and Obama go head to head
| February 29, 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
| January 23, 2008
Isn’t there a better term than ‘girlfriend’?
What do Rhode Island state Senator Maryellen Goodwin, Shaha Riza, Miledis Hilario, and Karla Jensen have in common?
Guys and dolls
BRIAN C. JONES
| May 30, 2007
How will speaker Murphy use his power?
It was no big surprise when House Speaker William J. Murphy recently presented his wife, Stacey, with a bunch of roses — as thanks, he said, for the nights he had missed dinner while working late at the State House.
A brain drain, looming deficits, and other challenges await solutions
| January 10, 2007
Polichicks took ’06 campaign by storm
Known by their friends as Emily Dietsch and Elizabeth Strout, the Polichicks have garnered quick recognition among bloggers, reporters, and political types.
| December 13, 2006
Thanksgiving thoughts on a few of those with reasons to be thankful
With so much deprivation in the world, there’s something perverse about the Red Sox paying more than $51 million just for the right to negotiate with 26-year-old Japanese pitching standout Daisuke Matsuzaka.
| November 21, 2006
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
| November 15, 2006
Whitehouse rides the Democratic tide; Fogarty falls short
For Sheldon Whitehouse, claiming the US Senate seat held by two Chafees over 30 years came down to being the right man in the right place at the right time.
| November 08, 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
| November 01, 2006
The Providence Phoenix enthusiastically endorses Sheldon Whitehouse.
Whitehouse for US Senate; Fogarty for governor; Kennedy and Langevin for Congress; lynch for attorney general; “yes” for the casino
PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF
| November 01, 2006
The battle of Rhode Island
Heading into the home stretch of the 2006 gubernatorial race, Lieutenant Governor Charles Fogarty has cause for hope and reason for concern.
Fogarty and Carcieri sharpen their competing visions for the state
| October 18, 2006
Can fogarty win with a message of change?
The challenge facing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charles Fogarty was neatly encapsulated during an October 6 televised debate when panelist Karen Adams, invoking an expression used by a favorite relative, rhetorically asked, “Why upset the apple c
| October 11, 2006
Casino battle royale
The casino battle has been raging for so long that it often seems like a permanent part of the Rhode Island landscape.
A look at who’s who in the high-stakes faceoff over question one
| October 11, 2006
The politics of tragedy
It was perfectly understandable that Bill Harsch was reluctant to answer the question.
Will anger over the station plea bargain enable Harsch to topple Lynch?
| October 04, 2006
Is Rhode Island still a state for sale?
As the star witness of federal prosecutors, former state senator John Celona of North Providence has sang chapter and verse about his arrogant, shameless, and corrupt dealings while having worked for an affiliate of Roger Williams Medical Center.
The shoe yet to drop is the extent of private sector responsibility
| September 27, 2006
The other campaign
Yes, there will also be a gubernatorial race in Rhode Island this year.
Fogarty sets his sights on ousting Carcieri
| September 20, 2006
Down to the wire
So will Cranston Mayor Stephen P. Laffey prove the ascending dragon-slayer who knocks off US Senator Lincoln Chafee, a favorite target of conservatives everywhere, or will the herky-jerky heir to one of the best brand names in Ocean State politics repel
Will Chafee or Laffey emerge victorious? Plus, Rhode Island’s other top primary races
| September 06, 2006
Champions of the status quo
Although the flameout in April of Matt Brown’s US Senate bid was the most prominent example, he’s hardly been the only Rhode Island candidate to run into a campaign finance-related hassle this year.
Protecting incumbents takes precedence over a reform that could diminish the influence of money in Rhode Island politics
| July 26, 2006
Campaign seeks health-care contributions from big employers
Managers at the Wal-Mart on Post Road in Warwick didn’t really appreciate it when demonstrators clad in mock haz-mat suits recently marched into the place
| June 14, 2006
Does Rhode Island need tax cuts for the rich?
A lot more than just the minutiae of $6.6 billion in state spending will be on the line when the General Assembly soon presents its response to Governor Donald L. Carcieri’s latest budget.
The budget resolution will be something of a bellwether for the state
| June 14, 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.
| June 14, 2006
HIV safety net in jeopardy
The 4000 Rhode Islanders living with HIV were on the mind of Dr. David Gifford when he went to Governor Donald L. Carcieri, and then the House Finance Committee, in late 2005 and early this year, with hat in hand.
Management gaffes and rising costs imperil support services for Rhode Island’s federally funded program
| May 11, 2006
Fogarty storms into the gubernatorial fray
The formal unveiling of Charles Fogarty’s Democratic gubernatorial campaign on Monday should put to rest questions about whether the two-term lieutenant governor has the personality to mount a competitive challenge to GOP governor Donald L. Carcieri.
| March 08, 2006
Rhode Island’s great communicator
The Governor's message mastery is a prime asset — and a leading challenge for democrats — in the 2006 campaign
Is Carcieri RI's Barry Goldwater?
| January 13, 2006
Schwarzenegger, torture, cocaine, and college: it must be Christmas.
Bidding good night to 2005
| January 07, 2006
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