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The Pitfalls of the "Social Host"
Golocalprov's piece on underage drinking at Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman's home has focused attention on the state's "social host" law, which imposes penalties on...
| June 13, 2011
Reed Draws Line on Medicare
Senators Jack Reed and Tom Harkin demanded in a conference call with reporters this morning that the GOP take Medicare reform off the table in the debt-ceilings negotiations. From The Hill:...
| June 03, 2011
Sheldon Whitehouse must be smiling. Barry Hinckley, the Republican challenging Rhode Island's junior senator, is attacking the incumbent for voting against Congressman Paul Ryan's budget,...
| May 31, 2011
In Woonsocket, questions for a questionable doctor
There's a name for that ailment seen in news photos of rail-thin Third World kids with protruding bellies. It's called "kwashiorkor," and it's seldom ever reported outside famine-stricken regions.
| May 20, 2011
NY Times on Rhode Island's Medicaid Experiment
The New York Times had a piece this weekend on Rhode Island's Medicaid experiment - and the GOP's push to trumpet it in the sale of...
| May 16, 2011
Report: RI's US Attorney Central to Google Probe
Rhode Island's US Attorney Peter Neronha is remaining mum. But a Wall Street Journal story suggests his office has played a central role in a Google...
| May 13, 2011
The Phoenix's Awards Haul
The Providence Phoenix gathered a nice little clutch of awards at this weekend's New England Newspaper & Press Association's annual fete - this one covering work from...
| February 14, 2011
In This Week's Phoenix: Marijuana Goes Mainstream
I've got a cover story in this week's Phoenix, due to hit the newsstands tomorrow, on the medical marijuana movement's liminal moment. The arrival of compassion centers...
| February 09, 2011
Am I the only one looking forward to Patrick Lynch, candidate for governor in 2014, answering questions about his brother's medical marijuana operation? This should...
| January 18, 2011
Carcieri Joins Pawlenty in Health Care Suit
Governor Don Carcieri has joined Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, a likely 2012 presidential candidate, in a legal challenge to the cost of President Obama's health...
| November 12, 2010
R.I. Makes a Cameo in Mass. Governor's Race
A sleepy race for months, the Massachusetts gubernatorial contest is finally picking up steam, with incumbent Democrat Deval Patrick facing an increasingly tough challenge from...
| September 29, 2010
What Snowe really wanted was ... more debate?
The New Republic has a running series about how health-care reform was ultimately passed in the form we got. Today is part four of the...
| May 25, 2010
WaPo on Medical Marijuana
Interesting piece in the Washington Post today, featuring a Rhode Island doctor, on the conundrum that medical marijuana presents for physicians. An excerpt: For doctors...
| May 05, 2010
The little P meets the big O
Portland welcomed President Barack Obama today, with Liberty Bells ringing from protestors across the street, and chants and cheers of all kinds ringing up and...
| April 01, 2010
Suing Over Healthcare
The health care debate was, of course, saturated in political posturing. And passage of the bill has done nothing to sate the appetite of a...
| April 01, 2010
All Hail Health Care
This week's Phoenix editorial hails a mighty Democratic victory. An excerpt here: The Democrats won and the Republicans lost. That, in a nutshell, is the...
| March 25, 2010
Health-care reform at last!
The Phoenix's editorial this week discusses the passage of health-care reform. At the end, it makes observations about various Massachusetts politicians. To that, I add:...
| March 24, 2010
Kennedy's Message to Obama
The late Senator Ted Kennedy spent decades fighting for health reform. And yesterday, at the signing ceremony for the health overhaul bill, Representative Patrick Kennedy gave...
| March 24, 2010
At His Father's Grave
From the Washington Post, Patrick Kennedy leaves a graveside note for his father after passage of health reform: The political odyssey of health care reform...
| March 23, 2010
Obama's sense of humor
We've all seen Barack Obama's smile. We've even heard him laugh as others poked fun at him, or as he poked fun at others.But on...
| March 22, 2010
Langevin Announces Support for Health Reform
In a letter to supporters, Representative James Langevin confirms what he has long telegraphed - he will be a vote in favor of health reform....
| March 19, 2010
Langevin Continues to Signal Support for Health Care
With the House expected to vote on the health care reform bill as soon as Sunday, pro-life Democrat James Langevin continues to send strong signals that he'll...
| March 18, 2010
The Whip Count
For the political junkie, a fascinating "whip count" over at DC publication The Hill, running through the House Democrats who will be key votes on...
| March 17, 2010
Langevin and Health Care
The Providence Journal has a story today suggesting that Congressman James Langevin could be a pivotal vote on health care reform, given the thin margins...
| February 25, 2010
Pushing the public option
US Representative Chellie Pingree is trying to revive the public option, in the face of Senate Democrats' defeatism on health care reform.
| January 27, 2010
Politics of Health Care Reform
Union leaders, progressive activists and officials from the AARP will rally outside Representative Patrick Kennedy's office today at 2 p.m., pressing the Congressman and Representative...
| January 12, 2010
Wait - now SNOWE is the defender of health-care affordability?
The Associated Press reported late Friday that Senator Olympia Snowe still wants to be involved in crafting health-care reform in Congress.In part, she's objecting to...
| January 11, 2010
Kennedy and the New Health Care Reform
Not quite tired of New Year's related top-10 lists? Well, Margaret Anderson over at the Huffington Post has an interesting look at the Top 10...
| January 07, 2010
Our senators on health care reform
(Um, yeah, they both voted no. Here's what they had to say for themselves. And no, they're not likely to vote for it in the...
| December 29, 2009
Sheldon Whitehouse's speech on Republican obstruction of health care reform this weekend makes some powerful arguments about a GOP trading in wanton mistruths and willing, even, to...
| December 21, 2009
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