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Cicilline-Gemma II lands with a thud

After their raucous, televised debate a week previous, there was an air of expectation surrounding Congressman David Cicilline and businessman Anthony Gemma's recent Democratic primary debate on WPRO radio.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 07, 2012

A legendary event in the making; Linc at the DNC; plugs, plugs, and more plugs!

There's nothing Phillipe and Jorge like more than a political train wreck.
Crazy train
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 07, 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

On politics, the media, and Providence’s ‘hidden gem’

It was quite the week in local news and here at Chez Phoenix .
Week In Review
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 04, 2012

In the Phoenix: Web Piracy

I've got a cover story in today's Phoenix about the suddenly white hot debate over Internet piracy - a debate that has fired up the...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 19, 2012

Cicilline is Opposed to Piracy Bill, Too

Representative David Cicilline has announced his opposition to the anti-Internet piracy bills, too, leaving Senator Sheldon Whitehouse as the lone supporter in the Rhode Island...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 18, 2012


Cicilline and Langevin go to war over the redistricting plan

There are rivalries within any state's Congressional delegation. The competition for influence and the back-and-forth over who gets credit for what can get snippy.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 16, 2011

Political Punditry: 2022 Edition

Hanging over the Congressional redistricting clash that has dominated the news in recent days is this political reality (and I'm not the first to note...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 14, 2011

Cicilline's Latino Support

The parade of witnesses at the state redistricting commission's meetings grew predictable after awhile: a state representative complaining about gerrymandering here, a good-government type arguing...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 13, 2011

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

Cicilline's "It Gets Better" video

David Cicilline and other gay and lesbian members of the House of Representatives have added their own video to the huge trove of "It Gets...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 09, 2011

In the Phoenix: Cicilline's Comeback

If you haven't yet picked up today's Phoenix - blasphemy! - I've got a cover story on Congressman David Cicilline's steady, if little-noted comeback from...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 03, 2011

Cicilline Names New Communications Director

Congressman David Cicilline has named Brandon Naylor his new communications director.Naylor, who worked in the same capacity for former Congressman Dennis Moore of Kansas, has...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 01, 2011

The Benefits of Obscurity

When Congressman David Cicilline arrived in Washington, his long-shot bid for a post on the powerful Appropriations Committee proved, well, a long shot. His second...
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 31, 2011

UPDATE: Cicilline's Common Ground Caucus Convenes

UPDATE: Looks like the Dems are responding a bit better to the bi-partisan push than Republicans. Congressman Cicilline's office provided the following list of the...
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 25, 2011

Pelosi Due in RI for March Fundraiser

Congressmen James Langevin and David Cicilline will host a March 4 fundraiser in Rhode Island for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. House Minority Leader Nancy...
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 21, 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

Should We Have An Industrial Policy?

Congressman David Cicilline, in a letter to President Obama ahead of his highly anticipated jobs speech next week, calls for an investment in manufacturing:Nationally, the...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 02, 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

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

Whitehouse, Cicilline and the Budget Showdown

The high-stakes budget showdown in Washington, which has the Obama Administration and Congressional leaders working to cut a major deficit-reduction deal before the federal government...
By David Scharfenberg  |  July 08, 2011

The Art of Inoculation

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' top-to-bottom review of city finances, which revealed a two-year, $180 million structural deficit, has badly damaged the reputation of his predecessor, David Cicilline,...
By David Scharfenberg  |  June 09, 2011

The Turn?

At the height of the David-Cicilline-left-Providence-bankrupt story, it was hard to imagine him ever escaping its harsh glare. But veteran political observers noted that the...
By David Scharfenberg  |  June 08, 2011

Broesder on Cicilline's Primary Problem

Brett Broesder, former campaign manager for Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, has an interesting piece over at golocalprov suggesting that Congressman David Cicilline's biggest challenge will...
By David Scharfenberg  |  May 24, 2011

Cicilline on Manufacturing

Congressman David Cicilline, who has faced a firestorm over his handling of the city budget as mayor of Providence, got a chance to change the...
By David Scharfenberg  |  May 18, 2011

The Doherty Message

Colonel Brendan Doherty, set to formally announce his Congressional bid Thursday, has released a statement that provides a glimpse of what we'll see tomorrow and in the coming months....
By David Scharfenberg  |  May 11, 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

In Today's Phoenix: Cicilline on the Hot Seat

I've got a cover story in today's Phoenix on freshman Congressman David Cicilline and his re-election prospects come 2012. He is, without a doubt, looking...
By David Scharfenberg  |  April 28, 2011

And to the Left?

Amid all the talk of Congressman David Cicilline's vulnerability, he seems safe - at the moment - on at least one flank: the left. I...
By David Scharfenberg  |  April 25, 2011