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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
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 21, 2012

Collins on the outside looking in; A couple of history lessons

This week, WPRI-TV followed through on its boneheaded decision to exclude independent Congressional candidate Abel Collins from a debate featuring Congressman James Langevin and Republican challenger Michael "Who he?" Riley.
Fiasco at WPRI
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 12, 2012

Langevin Signs on to Anti-Piracy Alternative

Congressman James Langevin has signed on to an alternative to the controversial Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) legislation in the House of Representatives.Langevin is now...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 19, 2012

Political Punditry: 2022 Edition

Hanging over the Congressional redistricting clash that has dominated the news in recent days is this political reality (and I'm not the first to note...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 14, 2011

Cicilline's Latino Support

The parade of witnesses at the state redistricting commission's meetings grew predictable after awhile: a state representative complaining about gerrymandering here, a good-government type arguing...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 13, 2011

Langevin, Cicilline at War Over Redistricting

Congressman James Langevin's office is sharply criticizing Congressman David Cicilline tonight after the release of a new redistricting map that would shift large swaths of...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 12, 2011

UPDATE: Langevin's Keynote

UPDATE: I checked in with Langevin's spokesman Jonathan Dworkin to get the Congressman's view on the political prospects of a recently promulgated House GOP package...
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 26, 2011

Langevin Cybersecurity Speech

Congressman James Langevin, who has made cybersecurity his signature issue, will deliver the keynote speech this morning at a cybersecurity panel at the Brookings Institution...
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 26, 2011

Pelosi Due in RI for March Fundraiser

Congressmen James Langevin and David Cicilline will host a March 4 fundraiser in Rhode Island for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. House Minority Leader Nancy...
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 21, 2011

Langevin Backs DOMA Repeal

Congressman James Langevin, who had long supported civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, made a bit of a splash in May when he went a...
By David Scharfenberg  |  August 30, 2011

Langevin's Haul

The political set's focus, in recent days, has been on Sheldon Whitehouse's fundraising totals and those of Congressman David Cicilline and his would-be opponents. But don't...
By David Scharfenberg  |  July 15, 2011

Langevin on DOD's New Cybersecurity Plans

The US Department of Defense released the beginnings of a new cybersecurity policy yesterday. The aim, as Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said,...
By David Scharfenberg  |  July 15, 2011

RI's Cyber Team

Congressman James Langevin, the most prominent Democratic voice in the House of Representatives on cybersecurity, has lately complained that Speaker of the House John Boehner...
By David Scharfenberg  |  July 11, 2011

Langevin Cybersecurity Amendment Defeated

Congressman James Langevin's cybersecurity amendment, which passed the House last year, was defeated today. From the Congressman's office: While recognizing the importance of moving forward...
By David Scharfenberg  |  May 26, 2011

Cybersecurity in an Election Year

I've got a piece in the Phoenix today on the momentum surrounding cybersecurity legislation, designed to stave off attacks on critical US infrastructure and bite...
By David Scharfenberg  |  May 26, 2011

The Cybersecurity Moment?

I have a piece in the forthcoming edition of the Phoenix on cybersecurity. But first, a little preview here - and some thoughts that didn't...
By David Scharfenberg  |  May 25, 2011


The stunning demise of gay marriage

This was supposed to be the year.
Two questions for advocates: What happened? What next?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 06, 2011

Langevin Sees Cybersecurity Hope in Panetta

Congressman James Langevin, who has made cybersecurity a signature issue, sees hope for an improved federal vigilance with President Obama's nomination of CIA chief Leon...
By David Scharfenberg  |  April 29, 2011

Langevin's Cybersecurity Confab Kicks Off

Representative James Langevin has attracted a few big names for a cybersecurity conference at the University of Rhode Island that starts at 10 a.m. this...
By David Scharfenberg  |  April 11, 2011

The Cybersecurity Push

I noted in this space yesterday that Congressman Jim Langevin, who has long pushed for an upgrade to the nation's porous cyber defenses, has once...
By David Scharfenberg  |  March 18, 2011

Langevin Makes Another Go at Cybersecurity

Congressman Jim Langevin, who has made cybersecurity a signature issue, is making another go at reform. From DC publication The Hill:Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) unveiled...
By David Scharfenberg  |  March 17, 2011

How Dependent is the RI Delegation on Defense Industry Contributions?

The alleged $10 million kickback scandal involving a Rhode Island-based Navy official and defense contractor Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow (ASFT) has focused attention on campaign contributions offered up...
By David Scharfenberg  |  February 14, 2011

Cybersecurity's HR Problem

Congressman James Langevin visits three Rhode Island high schools this morning to highlight the High School Cyber Challenge, aimed at boosting the nation's skills in...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 20, 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
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 17, 2010

In the Phoenix: TFA and the Delegation

A new issue of the Phoenix hits the stands today. And I've got pieces on Teach for America, the controversial program that recruits top-tier college...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 16, 2010

Cybersecurity Derailed

Media coverage of the Republican filibuster of a major defense bill last week focused on the high-profile spat over repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell"...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 15, 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

11 Big ideas for Rhode Island

Rhode Island has problems. We all know it. Unemployment, political corruption, the Providence College basketball team.
Great notions to make things better in tough times: internpreneurships, dance parties, and Netflix for underwear 
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 01, 2010

David Cicilline for Congress

All elections are important, of course. But Rhode Island voters have a rare opportunity this fall to remake the state’s political hierarchy in sweeping fashion.
Plus, Taveras for mayor of Providence, and Fernandez for attorney general
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 10, 2010

In Today's Phoenix - Cyberwar!

I've got a piece in today's Phoenix on the daunting challenge of cybersecurity. Experts say our power grid, financial systems, and telecommunications are vulnerable to...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 02, 2010