Jennifer Lawless

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In Chafee we trust

In a year that finds most top-tier politicians promising jobs, jobs, and more jobs, independent gubernatorial candidate Lincoln Chafee is betting his political future on a different message: trust me.
But is trust enough in this volatile political season?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 15, 2010

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

Does Scott Brown’s victory mean doom for RI Democrats?

Republican Scott Brown's stunning victory this week in the race for the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat in Massachusetts has created something approaching panic in the ranks of Congressional Democrats.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 22, 2010

What’s next for Cicilline?

Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline rode into office seven years ago as the fresh-faced anti-Buddy. Bleach for a soiled City Hall.
After a couple of tough years — and some jabs from Buddy — how bright is his political future?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 22, 2010

It will not be a dull year!

The New Year is shaping up as potent dope for the political junkie.
The governor’s race, gambling, drama on Smith Hill, and more is on tap in 2010
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 08, 2010

Vo Dilun’s ultimate reality show

Attention all real housewives of New Jersey, Atlanta, and Orange County, Jon, Kate and all Kardashians and Biggest Losers: your lunch has just been taken. That’s right, when it comes to bizarro reality world excitement, you just can’t touch the Biggest L
 What’s up with Williams? Plus, The Gov and Glenn, and a time for Jen
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 09, 2009

Rhode Island weighs a succession drama of its own

The death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy has Massachusetts' political class speculating, in not-so-hushed tones, about the odds of a next-generation Kennedy running for and winning the seat.
Political Watch
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 04, 2009

Female Trouble

Conventional political wisdom says that for a party to oppose a woman — or a women's issue — it's best to send out a female spokesperson.
A shocking dearth of Republican female pols should have the party in a panic. So why doesn't it care?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 05, 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

Eyes on the prize

We interrupt the Lincoln Chafee buzz fest to bring you this little nugget of news: there are a few Democrats who'd like to be governor, too.  
Hold on, Linc Chafee! Dems Frank Caprio, Patrick Lynch, and Elizabeth Roberts would also like to be governor in 2010
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 24, 2009

A vote is a terrible thing to waste

Yes, in a display of self-aggrandizement that would make Tom Cruise gasp, it is time for the mighty Phillipe & Jorge to make our endorsements.
Some helpful hints for November 7
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  November 01, 2006


Independent man

Congress gets about a 30 percent approval rating from the public -- recently down to 25 percent.
A letter from Rod Driver, Richmond  Independent candidate for Congress

The road to November

For all the unusual drama of Lincoln Chafee and Stephen P. Laffey’s GOP Senate primary gunfight, it was politics as usual that helped Chafee to score what many considered an unexpectedly decisive win.
Two big questions highlight the run-up to RI’s general elections  
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 20, 2006


The Republican primary for US Senate is, in many ways, a fight between the GOP of past and present.
Chafee and Whitehouse for us senate; Roberts and de Ramel for state offices; plus, Langevin, the general assembly, and the Providence city council
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 07, 2006

Down to the wire

So will Cranston Mayor Stephen P. Laffey prove the ascending dragon-slayer who knocks off US Senator Lincoln Chafee, a favorite target of conservatives everywhere, or will the herky-jerky heir to one of the best brand names in Ocean State politics repel
Will Chafee or Laffey emerge victorious? Plus, Rhode Island’s other top primary races
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 06, 2006

Langevin plays to the middle in seeking fourth term

When President George W. Bush last month used his first presidential veto to reject legislation on embryonic stem cell research, US Representative James R. Langevin again found himself in the spotlight.
Talking politics  
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 09, 2006


Lawless runs insurgent campaign against Langevin

Jennifer Lawless’s storefront campaign office in Warwick’s Conimicut section is bedecked with inspirational aphorisms from the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Henry Ford, Casey Stengel, Dr. Seuss, and Margaret Mead.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 26, 2006

Trump at the Dump

How exciting that Johnston got a taste of the “Trump Magic” Monday night as the mighty capitalist icon with the ludicrous hairdo sent his management team into deepest Vo Dilun, trying to convince the folks there that what they need is a “major destinatio
The Donald’s minions talk smooth in Johnston
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 22, 2006

Money counts

Your superior correspondents are as guilty as most for ignoring the many legitimate candidates who seek office, but are not given much chance of winning because of their reluctance (or inability) to link up with deep-pocketed contributors.
Sheeler has a gripe about attention given to better-funded rivals
By  |  January 19, 2006