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Gina burnt

Forbes magazine recently torched Vo Dilun Treasurer Gina Raimondo with a blog post titled, "Rhode Island Public Pension 'Reform' Looks More Like Wall Street Feeding Frenzy."
Forbes reams Raimondo; raging with Riley; chewing out Brown
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 12, 2013

Break on through

When I spoke with Treasurer Gina Raimondo this week, I opened with the obligatory question about whether she'll run for governor. "I'm seriously considering it," she said. "But I think as you know — we've talked about it before — I have little kids: a si
If Gina Raimondo shatters the glass ceiling in the 2014 governor's race, it may be male voters who get her there
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 29, 2013

A crowded field is gearing up to unseat Chafee

There will be plenty on the political calendar this coming year to titillate Rhode Island's chattering classes.
The race is (already) on
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 28, 2012

Rough times for Raimondo; bottom-feeding in Newtown; remembering Ravi

A tough couple of weeks for corporate darling and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
Un-treasured memories
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 21, 2012

Schilling strikes out; war on women; the kids are all right

You may recall, a couple of years back, that then-Governor Donald "The Don" Carcieri was very gung ho about the state offering Curt Schilling's 38 Studios video game company a whopping $75 million in loan guarantees through the Rhode Island Economic Dev
Holding a 38 to our head
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 18, 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


As May Day approaches, a local labor movement at a crossroads

May Day, the international workers day, is just around the corner. But organized labor, here in Rhode Island, is not in a particularly celebratory mood.
Protest Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 27, 2012

Its paywall up, the way forward for the Journal

The Providence Journal 's long-awaited paywall went up this week.
As The ProJo Turns
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 02, 2012

Raimondo's Reply

Last week, I wrote in this space about a letter a coalition of seven liberal advocacy groups wrote to Treasurer Gina Raimondo, asking her to...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 19, 2012

Liberal Groups Send Letter to Raimondo on Manhattan Institute

The Phoenix has obtained a copy of a letter, written on the letterhead of progressive coalition Ocean State Action, that a series of liberal advocacy...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 13, 2012

Liberal Advocacy Group Targets Raimondo Speech

Liberal advocacy group People for the American Way (PFAW) is joining local union officials in criticizing Treasurer Gina Raimondo for accepting an award from the...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 10, 2012

Forbes on the Raimondo Speech

Forbes was in attendance today in new York as Treasurer Gina Raimondo accepted an award from the right-leaning Manhattan Institute for Public Policy Research for...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 05, 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

2012 will be all shook up; The pope, aka His Clotheshorse; a few final farewells

As the New Year blooms, Phillipe and Jorge gaze into our big crystal ball.
Crystal balls at the State House
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 30, 2011

Parsing Winners and Losers in the Pension Battle

We've got a pretty good sense, now, for what the pension bill will look like when it comes up for a vote. And most observers...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 10, 2011

State to workers: just die, already; a variety of occupations

As Governor Lincoln Chafee, Treasurer Gina Raimondo, and state legislators who have been forced to get out of bed earlier than usual — poor dears — buckle up and take on the job of reforming the state's mutilated pension system, Phillipe and Jorge know
Pension pains
By  |  October 15, 2011


State struggles, Gina good!

I don't know the solution to our state's fiscal and political problems. If I did, I'd probably run for public office.
The treasurer has integrity; resurrecting baseball; other musings
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  May 27, 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.
The Inauguration
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 07, 2011

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

Why Lincoln Chafee deserves your vote

Many Rhode Islanders are still undecided about the governor's race. Until this week, the Phoenix , too, was torn.
A man of expansive yet commonsensical vision, with a rare political courage
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 29, 2010

The Looey Guv lunacy; a few endorsements; notable quotes; fond farewells

"You guys have the easiest job in the world," our fellow Vo Dilunders often tell Phillipe and Jorge. "There’s so much political fodder in this state you have enough material for a lifetime."
Fodder by the ton
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 24, 2010


She blowed up good

File this one under either: “Too much coffee this morning, dear?” or “I told you not to hit the ‘Send’ button!”
Kempe goes ballistic. Plus, global greed, and jockeying for electoral position
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 07, 2010

Caught in Providence

Our partner in radio crime, Buddy "Vincent A" Cianci, has been creaming his jeans on the air recently.
Trouble in the capital city; Flo’s goes national; separated at birth; and more
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 12, 2010

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

A gadfly eyes public office

Rhode Island's gubernatorial tilt is attracting more attention than any other of the state's budding races.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 15, 2010