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Congress is wrecked

We know Congress is broken. Really broken. Health care, immigration, civil rights. But many of us on the outside don't know just how badly broken it is, and we have only vague spectator ideas of how to fix it. What we do know is what we want, which is r
Olympia Snowe and Tom Allen explain what's really wrong and how to fix it
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 08, 2013

Card-carrying Congress

This year is just barely out of the crate, and already it's shaping up to be depressingly like last year.
One Cent's Worth
By MARC MEWSHAW  |  January 25, 2013
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This year’s follies highlight the biggest problem in Rhode Island politics: amateurism

About halfway through Democrat Anthony Gemma's ridiculous Congressional campaign, I began to wonder if it was all an elaborate piece of performance art.
State House blunders
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 21, 2012
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Washington walkabout

KC Hoye walked nearly 500 miles to deliver a letter in which she introduces herself with five words most of us can relate to: "I am an average American."

By ARIEL SHEARER  |  November 16, 2012

David Cicilline for Congress

Even admirers of Congressman David Cicilline can find him maddening.
Plus, progressive voices on Smith Hill, and 'yes' to casinos
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 02, 2012

Abel hits the web; a bit of groveling; bye, George

Phillipe and Jorge have used the case of Abel Collins, independent Congressional candidate, to highlight Rhode Island's decidedly undemocratic process for electing politicians.
Social vote-getting
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 26, 2012


Pingree and Michaud hope to keep their seats in Maine’s Congressional races

For someone who is skeptical of the Occupy movement, claiming that anti-corporate agitators are "taking young people for a ride . . . [and] using them for political purposes," Jon Courtney is quite conscious of perceived elitism or sense of entitlement.
The status quo ain’t so bad
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 19, 2012

Framing Charlie

"The senator wasn't cut out for crime. He was the kind of man who'd use vanity plates on a getaway car."
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By AL DIAMON  |  October 05, 2012

The gloves are off; Abel’s TV battle; parsing the polls

Phillipe and Jorge got a chuckle out of the recent complaint by GOP Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty that incumbent David "Little Chi-Chi" Cicilline was misrepresenting his record.
Playing hardball
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 05, 2012

Cicilline’s comeback foretold

WPRI-TV released a new poll this week giving Congressman David Cicilline a six-point edge on his Republican rival Brendan Doherty.
Survey Says
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 05, 2012

No response

According to TV spots and press releases from his opponents, independent US Senate candidate Angus King is a slick-talking, budget-busting, money-grubbing, back-room-dealing, environment-despoiling, anti-working-class, elitist scumsucker.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 14, 2012


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Student loans tying you down?

In late June DePaul University graduate student Marty Gleason went public about his mounting load of debt in an appeal to Congress to keep the interest rate on student loans at 3.4 percent.
Congress’s latest fix won’t give you much help
By DEANNA ISAACS  |  September 14, 2012
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Rhode Island’s marquee Congressional race may deliver the answer

Last week at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan delivered a rousing attack on President Obama — full of distortions.
Does the truth matter?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 07, 2012
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Embattled Congressman David Cicilline’s re-election strategy

Standing before a crowd of about 100 at a fundraiser at The Dorrance bar and restaurant in downtown Providence a couple of weeks ago, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards left little doubt about her organization's top political priority in Rhode
Win with women?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 22, 2012
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Man-Style Guide

How distinguished is your wang, anyway?
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  March 23, 2012

Here come the weak

Watch your step. The floor might be slippery from all these drooling political consultants, an occupation noted for its lack of self-control.
Campaign advice
By AL DIAMON  |  March 09, 2012


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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
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All signs go for Joe

In his well-executed congressional-campaign launch two weeks ago, Joe Kennedy III took advantage of the intense media interest generated by his family bloodline to convey the message that he wishes to be viewed independently of those family ties.
So far, the family mystique is working entirely in favor of Joe Kennedy III's Congressional bid — but recent events show how unpredictable Camelot can be
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 02, 2012
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Photos: Occupy the Capital on January 17, 2012

The Occupy movement takes on Congress in their own backyard.
The Occupy movement takes on Congress
By ANDREW MCFARLAND  |  January 20, 2012
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The battle over internet piracy

The Internet is angry. Perhaps you've heard.
Rhode Island's congresional delegation splits over the issue burning up the netroots
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 20, 2012

In 2012, election year intrigue awaits

The new year is, of course, an election year. And while the presidential race will probably be less-than-dramatic in Rhode Island, there will be plenty of other intriguing fare for the political junkie.
Punditry Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 30, 2011


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Occupy the future

After barreling straight ahead for more than three months, Occupy is at its first fundamental turning point.
As it evolves, the movement is building on a network laid down in the encampments
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 30, 2011

Congress gives us all detention

The $662 billion military spending bill expected to go before both houses of Congress later this week includes controversial provisions allowing the US military to arrest and indefinitely detain, without trial, anyone suspected of terrorism-related crim
Rights watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 16, 2011
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Barney's Big Surprise

Long before The Sopranos and Jersey Shore introduced the nation to the ripe effusions of the New Jersey personality, voters in and around greater Boston had accepted Barney Frank as one of the more unusual players in the political game.
A working-class hero goes down kvetching. Plus, new hope in the fight against AIDS.
By EDITORIAL  |  December 02, 2011
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Stop SOPA

The dinosaurs of the entertainment world ( i.e. , Hollywood movie studios and national music companies) have joined with the Business Software Alliance (which represents tech giants such as Apple, Microsoft, and Intel) to sponsor an insidious piece of l
Old-media corporate giants seek censorship through a web-based blacklist. Plus, #occupy brutality, and D.C. deadlock.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 25, 2011

Drawing a line

Remain calm. You've probably heard that a special commission has failed to reach bipartisan agreement on a plan to redraw the boundary between Maine's two congressional districts in order to make their populations as close to equal as possible. Don't p
Bipartisan agreement
By AL DIAMON  |  September 09, 2011


Political football

Sadly, the only upcoming event with the capacity to truly inspire hope for millions of Americans, the start of the 2011 NFL season, will be twice marred by our current political culture and media.
Balls, pucks and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  September 09, 2011
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Does Obama have the cojones to win?

To make sense of this bizarre and dispiriting moment in American politics, here are the things one needs to appreciate.
This WTF moment
By EDITORIAL  |  July 29, 2011

Paid to play

A majority of respondents said being paid to convince elected officials how to vote is the world's least respectable occupation — except for actually being an elected official.
Everybody hates lobbyists
By AL DIAMON  |  July 29, 2011
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There is no mystery to the debt crisis. Plus: Scott Brown, and the Boston Foundation

Understanding the debate about raising the debt ceiling, and imagining the economic crisis that will follow if Congress fails to do so, is really very simple.
Republican Bolsheviks
By EDITORIAL  |  July 22, 2011