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Hacking Politics: a guide

Last year, the Internet briefly upended everything we know about American politics.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 05, 2013
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Weeks after Aaron Swartz’s death, a friend takes action

Providence State Representative David Segal's 2010 Congressional campaign was a shoestring affair. It would not prevail.
Aftermath
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 01, 2013

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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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
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The stunning demise of gay marriage

This was supposed to be the year.
Two questions for advocates: What happened? What next?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 06, 2011
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Flying blind: A primary-season post-mortem

With little public polling on the most hotly contested races in memory, Rhode Island’s pundit class was in the dark as the primary approached. But could the presence of a high-profile gay candidate make opinion surveys suspect anyway?
With little public polling on the most hotly contested races in memory, Rhode Island’s pundit class was in the dark as the primary approached
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 17, 2010


The most wonderful (not) time of year: P+J's endorsements

Yes, it's election time and, sad to say, all those ridiculous television ads that are designed to capture the "moron vote" (by far, the largest sector of the voting public) are in heavy rotation.
Plus, pushing for a free press at CCRI; remembering Nathan
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 10, 2010
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Could Cicilline be in for a surprise on Tuesday?

With the Democratic primary for Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District seat in the home stretch, most observers say Providence Mayor David Cicilline is the man to beat. And there is much to recommend the view.
Primary wisdom
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 10, 2010
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David Cicilline for Congress

All elections are important, of course. But Rhode Island voters have a rare opportunity this fall to remake the state’s political hierarchy in sweeping fashion.
Plus, Taveras for mayor of Providence, and Fernandez for attorney general
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 10, 2010
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Hand puppets and Hope: Grading the candidates' ads

Primary season is upon us. And the four Democrats vying to succeed retiring 1st District Congressman Patrick Kennedy are engaged in a particularly lively air war on television and the Interzone.
Air War
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 03, 2010
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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.
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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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Smith Hill weighs a ban on the under-21 crowd

Seasoned partiers will recall that about a decade ago our august legislature considered barring anyone under age 21 from Rhode Island night clubs in a bid to curb underage drinking.
The Fun Police
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 02, 2010

Easy Ed strikes again

It’s always easy for Ed. That’s “Easy Ed” Achorn, the Other Paper’s deputy editorial pages editor who is the equivalent of a right-wing P&J.
More propaganda from Achorn. Plus, legislative musings and more.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 13, 2009

Grappling with Going Green

Green energy," for most, is solar panels and wind turbines.
The waste-to-energy incinerator debate
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 12, 2009
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Creedence-meets-Waylon

No, there will not be country-fried rockabilly renditions of Kilgore Smudge tunes at the Blackstone when ex-Kilgore frontman Jay Berndt resurrects the Revival Preachers (myspace.com/jayberndt) in what will be only their second show since 2005 (the boys
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By CHRIS CONTI  |  June 05, 2009


Advocates renew challenge to punitive probation practices

At the conclusion of its 2008 session, the General Assembly passed a bill that would have reformed state criminal justice procedure for probationers charged with new crimes.
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By ARIEL WERNER  |  December 03, 2008
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The alt-candidates

A revolutionary, Ralph Nader, a Baptist minister, and two former congressmen from Georgia are all running for president in Rhode Island.
On the Rhode Island ballot: a revolutionary, conservatives — and Ralph Nader, of course
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  October 29, 2008
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Avant-oompah!

Unexpected and improbable spontaneity is a trademark for What Cheer?, one of a number of groups that blend punk rock ethos with the mobility of marching bands  
Mixing old and new, Providence’s What Cheer? Brigade takes a stand against pre-fabricated culture
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 09, 2008
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Voter apathy remains a primary staple

The big story from Tuesday’s primary election, understandably enough, was the seeming upset by Michael J. Pinga of state Senator Stephen D. Alves.
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 11, 2008

Segal and Fierro lead the way for the General Assembly

As Rhode Islanders go to the polls for a primary election next Tuesday, September 9, there are some key votes to be made for progressive legislators.
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By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 01, 2008


Ten-5 plan for Providence City Council sparks sharp debate

Critics react to the plan to reformulate the Providence City Council.
Ten-5 plan for Providence City Council sparks sharp debate
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 21, 2008
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Activist leads criminal-justice reform festival

When Bruce Reilly was released from the Adult Correctional Institutions (ACI) in 2005 he had serious plans for how he intended to make up for lost time.
Justice or just us?
By ARIEL WERNER  |  May 08, 2008
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Media rebels in the Internet age

Bloggers have “used a new and powerful medium and ‘crashed the gates’ to ensure that information — the most important ingredient in a democracy — would be available to anyone who wanted to write, read, or debate.”
The debate-defining posts of Rhode Island activists wield influence beyond their readership
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 01, 2008
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Smith Hill mulls Senate succession; minstrel show heats up ICE

The mantra from US Senator Jack Reed, who’s up for reelection this year, is that he’s not about to take a Cabinet position in a Democratic administration.
Not for nothing
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 16, 2008
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A win-wind situation

It’s a pretty rare day when lobbyists, environmentalists, and labor officials are all happy about supporting the same legislation.
Renewable energy’s promise is a bright spot amid the state’s deficit gloom
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 26, 2008


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Obama backers rap Clinton contributions from Textron

Textron’s work for the defense industry has a controversial past.
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By IAN DONNIS  |  February 20, 2008
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FairVote RI targets teen pre-registration

With the General Assembly’s 2008 session underway, FairVote Rhode Island has resumed the fight for the main issue on its agenda: advance voter registration for 16- and 17-year-olds.
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By JESSICA KERRY  |  January 25, 2008
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Alternative Politics

The Green Party’s 2008 vice presidential candidate is an articulate juggernaut of personality: Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry.
Curry carries the VP banner for the Greens
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 08, 2007
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The hippest guy in state government

The idiosyncratic crowd indicated just how different this event was from your standard legislative money-maker.
State Rep David Segal brings some youthful cool to the general assembly
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 26, 2007