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The foulest of the fowl: the Phoenix presents its fourth annual dishonor roll

Ah, Thanksgiving. Mashed potatoes, football, that asshole uncle of yours.
Turkey time
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 23, 2012

How Cicilline won

It was Tuesday morning and Eric Hyers, Congressman David Cicilline's lanky, sharp-tongued campaign manager, was sitting in a Starbucks on the bottom floor of the Biltmore Hotel gripping a wiffle ball and furiously sending text messages.
A Congressman's comeback
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 09, 2012

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

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

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

Did Gemma land enough blows on Cicilline?

Early this week, WPRI-TV released a poll giving Congressman David Cicilline a 12-point lead on his Democratic primary rival, businessman Anthony Gemma.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 31, 2012

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

We voted!; the old ball game; hear them roar

Like all good Vo Dilunduhs, Phillipe and Jorge used our unaffiliated voter status to become "Republicans for a day," cast our ballots in the GOP primary, and then switch back to being independents immediately afterward.
Poll dances
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 27, 2012

Measuring up; the GOP isn’t making friends; get some soup

Phillipe and Jorge would suggest that anyone in Vo Dilun's First Congressional District with a stock of empty milk cartons to stand on or telephone books to sit on get in contact with the campaign offices of David "Little Chi-Chi" Cicilline and Antknee
You must be this tall . . .
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 20, 2012


Matt Jerzyk goes to City Hall

Not long after helping David Cicilline win election as mayor of Providence nearly a decade ago, Matt Jerzyk, then a ponytailed activist and budding political operative, made a decision that has come to define his place in the rough-and-tumble world of l
From activist to insider
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  April 20, 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

Can Anthony Gemma’s feel-good wonkery and pent-up rage beat David Cicilline this time?

There is a strange duality to businessman Anthony Gemma's all-but-official Congressional campaign.
Jekyll and Hyde
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 23, 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

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


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

Turkey time

It's time for the Phoenix 's third annual turkeys issue, wherein we call out Rhode Islanders for acts most fowl.
Injustice, deception, and simple boneheadedness: the Phoenix presents its third annual dishonor role

On the rebound

Nine months ago, first-term Congressman David Cicilline's Washington career seemed over before it had begun.
Months after his political career seemed doomed, Congressman David Cicilline has made a slow, steady comeback. Will it hold?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 04, 2011

The Urinal does it again; more on Thayer Street; no joke; fun in the Bucket

Phillipe and Jorge were agitated to see the wrap-around over the front section of our September 13 issue of the Urinal, as we had grown quite fond of finding garish stickers in these parts, informing us what local firms would buy our gold or pursue a per
The whole truth?
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 16, 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

after the debt crisis ride

The debt crisis is only on hold

The United States was only hours away from joining in the international community of deadbeats and bunko artists — think Greece, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Portugal — when President Barack Obama signed the legislation raising the national debt ceiling and cu
Plus, what does congressman Bill Keating have against Cuban families?
By EDITORIAL  |  August 05, 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

Bob's Karma: A little more red meat

What has befallen Republican State Representative Bob Watson — arrested for driving under the influence and caught with marijuana in his car — is not all that surprising to me.
Woe is Watson; the Chi Chi cha-cha; getting warmed up in East Providence
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 29, 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

Chi chi chi chi changes

The title of this item sounds like I blatantly lifted if from some old David Bowie song. Would I stoop so low? (Don't answer that.)
Cicilline's rapid decline; riding RIPTA; the art of architecture; two artistic losses
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 01, 2011


Chafee’s talk radio ban

Governor Lincoln Chafee's announcement this week that his administration would forsake talk radio sparked all manner of outrage.
On the Air
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 14, 2011

The 2011 political forecast

The great wave election of 2010 did little to reshape Rhode Island's Congressional delegation. Neither of the state's senators faced re-election and Democrats held onto both House seats, with Congressman-elect David Cicilline replacing the retiring Patr
Getting Back To Business
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 17, 2010

Electric cars: Rhode Island plugs in

“I’m not a car guy,” says Al Dahlberg, sitting in his office on a recent afternoon.
Can the smallest state make the biggest use of electric cars — and help save the world?
By DAVID SCHARFFENBERG  |  November 12, 2010

Nine things to watch for on Election Day

It is, perhaps, a sign of a troubling derangement. But I'll say it anyway: I'm going to miss this election season when it's over.  
Solidarity forever! Tea Party froth! Providence Rising!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 29, 2010