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An angry electorate? Eh, whatever

Whither the rage? Rhode Island's Great Recession — greater, even, than the national model — was supposed to conjure a once-in-a-generation anti-incumbent fever. But so far, it's looking more like a modest headache.
Dud Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 20, 2010

Can the Netroots triumph in Rhode island?

Stories of State Representative David Segal’s nascent, underdog run for Congress invariably make a nod to the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. And rightly so.
On the Hustings
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 21, 2010
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Joe Paolino weighs a different kind of mayoral run

It had been rumored for some time.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 16, 2010
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The first Latino mayor?

Until recently, to talk about Angel Taveras was to talk about the future.
Angel Taveras’s moment suddenly arrives
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 16, 2010
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Down ballot drama

The race for governor and the scramble to replace retiring Representative Patrick J. Kennedy have obsessed Rhode Island's chattering class. But all the talk has obscured an intriguing set of "down ballot" races for lieutenant governor, attorney general,
Important races to watch in '10
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 12, 2010
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David Byrne and the Termite Towers

Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline's second annual Senator Claiborne Pell Lecture on Arts and Humanities wasn't really about the arts. Or the humanities.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 12, 2010


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Hands across New England

Providence may be the Creative Capital. But it is hardly the only community that has attempted to build a new economy on a foundation of laptops, paint brushes, and guitars.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 05, 2010

Looking for a new kind of mayor

Perhaps you've seen the ads ...
Recruitment
By MARION DAVIS  |  February 26, 2010
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What now?

Representative Patrick J. Kennedy's campaigns were always about something far larger than Rhode Island's First Congressional District, which snakes from Burrillville down through the Blackstone Valley and into Newport.
Kennedy's exit rewrites the political game book.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 19, 2010
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What’s next for Cicilline?

Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline rode into office seven years ago as the fresh-faced anti-Buddy. Bleach for a soiled City Hall.
After a couple of tough years — and some jabs from Buddy — how bright is his political future?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 22, 2010
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Thanks for nothing!

We'd like to be thankful, we really would. Change came to Washington this year and the Mad Men returned.
In our first annual list of Rhode Island turkeys, the Phoenix fingers 10 people and institutions that made a bad year even worse
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 24, 2009


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Art for money's sake

This weekend, hundreds of arts marketing gurus and administrators from across the nation will descend upon the Creative Capital, aka Providence, for a four-day (October 30-November 2) national gath-ering entitled “CollaborACTION!”
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By RICHARD ASINOF  |  October 30, 2009

Rhode Island weighs a succession drama of its own

The death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy has Massachusetts' political class speculating, in not-so-hushed tones, about the odds of a next-generation Kennedy running for and winning the seat.
Political Watch
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 04, 2009

Artistic vision

The vision is grand and ambitious, both in the big picture and in the details.
Providence bets on creativity
By MARION DAVIS  |  July 03, 2009

Bad blood at 'PRO

The ongoing Hatefest at Salty's Joint has hit the Urinal, with an absolutely ridiculous story alleging that veteran Rhode Island radio hand, Ron St. Pierre, inadvertently "assaulted" John "The Journalist" DePetro with an 8x11" sheet of paper loaded wit
Trouble at Salty's Shack. Plus, firefighters burn their bridges and Esserman's bad attitude.  
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 19, 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


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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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Equal rites?

New England has made a pretty good case, in recent years, for America's capital of queer. 
Why has Rhode Island lagged behind the rest of New England on same-sex marriage legislation?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 10, 2009

A Fighting Spirit

The funniest Providence Newspaper Guild's annual Follies of all time.
Laughing to keep from crying at the Projo's follies
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  March 04, 2009

'Creative Providence' strives to rebrand the capital city

Perhaps you've seen the banners, with the big, stylized "P" and the tagline, "Providence: The Creative Capital."
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By MARION DAVIS  |  March 04, 2009
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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
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 28, 2009


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The year the crap hit the fan

For a good metaphor of the year experienced by Rhode Island in 2008, consider the economic-development summit called by Governor Carcieri in November.
RI political mediocrity couldn't compare with the excesses of the fiscal meltdown
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 23, 2008
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’Tis the season to buy local

Frog and Toad, an idiosyncratic gift store on Providence’s East Side, is your quintessential mom and pop shop.
 Tips for keeping your holiday gift-giving bucks in the ocean state  
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 10, 2008

RI ’08: Prelude to 2010

During a national election season in which “change” remains the dominant motif, Rhode Island politics is locked in a holding pattern marked by a Democratic stranglehold on state and federal offices.
In a national year of change, stasis is likely to prevail at the General Assembly
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 29, 2008

Kennedy Plaza shows fresh signs of life

For a long time, Kennedy Plaza in Providence was in the news for all the wrong reasons.  
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By PHILIP EIL  |  October 02, 2008
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Activists pitch green jobs as a win-win for Rhode Island

With global warming looming and the US economy in a mess, environmentalists have a simple answer for promoting environmental protection and economic development.
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By IAN DONNIS  |  September 25, 2008


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Ordinance aims to easy the bite of displacement

When Granoff Associates announced plans in May to renovate the Arcade in downtown Providence, tenants in the building got a scant 30 days’ notice.
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By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  August 27, 2008
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Traffic Jammed

It’s not just the relatively small number of RIPTA users who suffer from the inadequacy of Rhode Island’s transit system.  
This small state should have better transit. So why doesn’t it?
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  August 20, 2008
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Traffic Jammed

It’s not just the relatively small number of RIPTA users who suffer from the inadequacy of Rhode Island’s transit system.  
This small state should have better transit. So why doesn’t it?
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  August 20, 2008
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The Quiet Power of Jack Reed

As he closes out his second six-year term in the Senate, perhaps the most elite club in politics, Reed is the subject of ongoing speculation about his future.
Without seeking the spotlight, the senator and his star continue to rise
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 13, 2008