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Democratic Party of Rhode Island

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Political pig pile

For some time now, we at Casa Diablo have been aware of what is either a heinous conspiracy involving the timing of local news revelations or just another unfair law of nature.
Kennedy sets off a free-for-all; bad news for Loughlin and Dennigan
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 19, 2010
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Does Scott Brown’s victory mean doom for RI Democrats?

Republican Scott Brown's stunning victory this week in the race for the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat in Massachusetts has created something approaching panic in the ranks of Congressional Democrats.
Fallout
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 22, 2010
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Is the party over for the GOP in RI?

In a state known for its political obsessions, there is remarkably little in the way of rabid protest here.
A disastrous election in '08. A depleted war chest. Dismal approval ratings for the outgoing governor. Yet the faithful see hope for a Republican revival
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 15, 2009

Capital cash

A well-connected Rhode Island couple has donated $100,000 for the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Weiners donate $100K for Obama's inauguration
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  January 07, 2009
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A field guide to activism in Rhode Island

If you’re interested in becoming an agent of change, identify a cause close to your heart and connect with one of the groups working on it.
Issues + organizing = real-world experience
By MEGHAN GRADY  |  August 27, 2008
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The trouble with Carcieri’s musical chairs

Well, so much for the Carcieri administration’s assurances that the governor’s latest round of musical chairs would not bring with it an increase in staff positions and/or salary costs.
Roundabout
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  March 12, 2008


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The battle of the smallest state

Clinton bathed in the intense affection of an adoring crowd, her every statement punctuated by wild applause, chants, and a rising sea of blue signs touting her campaign.
The Rhode Island wields a rare impact as Clinton and Obama go head to head
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 29, 2008
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Mark Weiner for President?

There has been much hand-wringing recently over whether superdelegates will hijack the Democrats’ presidential-selection process.
Superdelegates are not so super in a punitive democracy
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 13, 2008
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Patrick Lynch goes for broke

One small basketball photo lurks inconspicuously on a far wall in the spacious South Main Street office of Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch.
In gunning for Governor, the term-limited AG has little to lose
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 23, 2008
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What’s next for Steve Laffey?

Can you imagine Steve Laffey — a tireless self-promoter and all-around media hog — not returning a phone call from a reporter?
With a forthcoming book about his senatorial campaign, he looms as a prospective gubernatorial candidate in 2010
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 31, 2007
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Déjà vu all over again for RI GOP

Lincoln Chafee should be the next head of the Rhode Island Republican Party.
Carcieri faces failure in having fostered a real two-party system
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 15, 2006


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Campaign winners and sinners

It’s almost all over but the counting.
A pre-election dissection of the tasty, the terrible, and the in-between
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 01, 2006
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The politics of tragedy

It was perfectly understandable that Bill Harsch was reluctant to answer the question.
Will anger over the station plea bargain enable Harsch to topple Lynch?
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 04, 2006
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The latinos take it to the next level

The latest US Census data — showing a growing number of immigrants living in the US, including many from Mexico — won’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with Rhode Island politics.
More candidates, more challenges, and the quest for clout
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  August 29, 2006
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Mollis seeks opinion on fundraising letter sent to town employees

North Providence Mayor A. Ralph Mollis has asked for a legal opinion on whether it was acceptable for his chief of staff, who also co-manages his campaign, to send a fundraising letter to municipal employees who have given him previous campaign donations
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 27, 2006
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Depena leaving RI Democratic Party post for city job

After attracting mixed reviews during two-and-a-half years in the job, Depena is leaving to take a position next month as executive director of the moribund Providence Human Relations Commission.
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By IAN DONNIS  |  June 14, 2006


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Caprios on the rise

Like professional athletes employing a well-worn phrase — the familiar expression about focusing on the task at hand and not looking too far ahead — brothers Frank T. Caprio and David A. Caprio strike the same muted tone in separately discussing their re
Frank and David Caprio could challenge the Lynches as Rhode Island’s leading political family
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 02, 2006

Carcieri’s no-show at Follies raises eyebrows

Suffering the merciless slings and arrows of the Providence Newspaper Guild’s Follies has become a time-honored rite of passage for the state’s politicians since the festive event was first held in 1974.
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By IAN DONNIS  |  March 02, 2006
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Rhode Island’s great communicator

The Governor's message mastery is a prime asset — and a leading challenge for democrats — in the 2006 campaign
Is Carcieri RI's Barry Goldwater?
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 13, 2006