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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
By DAVID SCHARFFENBERG  |  June 24, 2011
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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?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 24, 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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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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The next Scott Brown?

Republican Scott Brown's victory last month in the race for the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat has every two-bit GOP hopeful in the Northeast claiming the mantle of the pick-up truck populist.
John J. Loughlin’s suddenly high-profile campaign to oust Patrick Kennedy
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 12, 2010
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Can the Rhode Island tea party brew a revolution?

The Rhode Island Tea Party, local wing of the national uprising against all things Obama, has some reason for hope.
 The movement strives to be a coherent force for change. But is it just blowing steam?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 23, 2009


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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

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
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Shocker: RI GOP in disarray

An internecine battle has broken out between the couple dozen or so people who claim to be members of the Rhode Island Republican Party.
A real two-party system requires an effective minority party
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 19, 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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Why RI Republicans fail

Providence Journal op-ed columnist Edward Achorn has made repeated reference to the apparent “learned helplessness” of Rhode Islanders.
Quick to blame Democrats, the local GOP can’t seem to find candidates or a long-term plan of its own
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 14, 2007


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Democratic pig pile

Oh, are the other Democratic candidates “piling on” poor little Hillary Clinton?  
Hillary’s victimization rap is Clintonian politics at its best and worst
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 07, 2007
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Can Carcieri deliver a reduction in the state workforce?

With Carcieri moving toward lame-duck status, the General Assembly remains the wild card.
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By IAN DONNIS  |  August 01, 2007
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Cicione remains odds-on favorite as new GOP chair

Giovanni Cicione says he has not learned of any rivals since recently winning the support of Governor Donald L. Carcieri.
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By IAN DONNIS  |  February 21, 2007
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Cicione emerges as contender for GOP chairmanship

Giovanni Cicione, a lawyer and Republican activist who paid his dues by running against US Representative Patrick J. Kennedy in 1996, has emerged as a leading contender to succeed Patricia Morgan as chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Party.
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By IAN DONNIS  |  December 27, 2006