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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
| December 21, 2012
The foulest of the fowl: the Phoenix presents its fourth annual dishonor roll
Ah, Thanksgiving. Mashed potatoes, football, that asshole uncle of yours.
| November 23, 2012
The ‘2012 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition’
Last weekend The New York Times proclaimed Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning , the debut video game of former Red Sox pitcher and outspoken Republican millionaire Curt Schilling's 38 Studios, "one of the finest action role-playing games yet made."
| February 17, 2012
The plan to turn Rhode Island red
The Rhode Island Republican Party's reputation for ineptitude is, by any reasonable measure, richly deserved.
GOP strategist Ken McKay is quietly plotting a data-driven explosion of the state’s one-party rule
| June 24, 2011
Will the Catholic Church kill gay marriage?
Rhode Island’s gay marriage moment has finally arrived. And the Catholic Church just might kill it.
Inside the high-stakes battle over same-sex nuptials in Rhode Island
| February 25, 2011
Rabble-rousers, re-enactors, and the New World Order
Charles Picerno, a disheveled rabble-rouser, stands at the back of the crowd while Lincoln Chafee is inaugurated as the state's 58th governor.
| January 07, 2011
The political story everyone missed
The headlines from this year's gubernatorial race were Democrat Frank Caprio's indelicate suggestion that the leader of the free world "shove it" and Lincoln Chafee's historic victory as Rhode Island's first independent governor.
John Robitaille almost beat Lincoln Chafee in the race for the corner office. How did he come so close -- and why did the local media leave him almost wholly unvetted?
| December 24, 2010
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
| December 17, 2010
Chafee's Smith hill prospects
Lincoln Chafee rides into office with a weak mandate, at best. The governor-elect won just over one-third of the vote, barely edging his Republican rival for the throne.
Lincoln Chafee faces all manner of landmines
| November 05, 2010
The Democrats' ambitious new chairman
Last month, just a few weeks removed from his long-held post as chairman of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, Bill Lynch walked into the party’s convention as a Congressional candidate and didn’t come close to securing the endorsement.
| July 23, 2010
Since P&J heard that our friend Henry Shelton had suffered a stroke on December 28, we have joined tens of thousands of other Vo Dilunduhs, in praying for his full and speedy recovery.
The Steadfast Mr. Shelton. Plus, vetoing The Don and doubting Linc.
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| January 08, 2010
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
PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF
| November 24, 2009
Phillipe and Jorge are coming late to this fight, as last week’s column was already filed when the announcement was made that Governor Donald Carcieri — Governor Ghoul to you — had vetoed a bill giving domestic partners the right to claim the bodies of a
Sinking to new lows
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| November 20, 2009
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