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Blowhards blown away; our humble endorsements; do your part!

Cock-eyed optimists that Phillipe and Jorge are, we always look for the silver lining in hurricane-driven clouds.
Saved by the storm
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 02, 2012

Abel hits the web; a bit of groveling; bye, George

Phillipe and Jorge have used the case of Abel Collins, independent Congressional candidate, to highlight Rhode Island's decidedly undemocratic process for electing politicians.
Social vote-getting
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 26, 2012

The gloves are off; Abel’s TV battle; parsing the polls

Phillipe and Jorge got a chuckle out of the recent complaint by GOP Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty that incumbent David "Little Chi-Chi" Cicilline was misrepresenting his record.
Playing hardball
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 05, 2012

Undemocratic debates; BeloJo’s low blow; RIPTA’s cosmetic ‘improvement’

TV slew Abel, Seth knew not why/Because if the children of Rhode Island were to multiply, why must any of the children die?
TV Caesar's
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 28, 2012

More reverend than most reverends; an Abel challenger; hail, Olivia

Those unfamiliar with Phillipe and Jorge's childhoods are often surprised to learn that in our Wonder Years, your superior correspondents were quite the choirboys.
Holy too too
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 08, 2012
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Immortalizing Irene: dressed up to clean up, tales of survival, and blowhards

Phillipe had to endure Irene at Casa Diablo South in Newport. No problems at all, save for a titanic poplar limb, whose size had already led P&J to dub it "Johnny Wadd," falling all the way across the circular driveway and nearly taking down the pow
Paging Babe the Blue Ox  
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 02, 2011


The way I roll

As you may have read in this space last week, my decades-long partner in crime, Chip Young, has left the column for a gig at  golocalprov.com . So first, a word about the new "Cool, Cool World."
A florid salutation; the changing Times ; more on the Roots Café
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  March 18, 2011

The Independent Man, and greased to go

Phillipe and Jorge were given a subtle indicator that it was going to be a tough election night when an ad for his-and-hers KY Jelly ran right after the early ballot projections on Channel 6's news at 9 pm. This was to be a Ben Dover Production, indeed
Our last words on campaign ’10; acting up; farewell, Len Jardine
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 05, 2010

Post-primary punditry; war games; holy howlers; words worth reading

OK, boys and girls, the primaries are over. Let’s see what hit the floor when the chips fell on Tuesday.
Fallen chips
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 17, 2010

The most wonderful (not) time of year: P+J's endorsements

Yes, it's election time and, sad to say, all those ridiculous television ads that are designed to capture the "moron vote" (by far, the largest sector of the voting public) are in heavy rotation.
Plus, pushing for a free press at CCRI; remembering Nathan
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 10, 2010

Blowin’ up good!

Pretty shrewd. In a state that suffered through a horrific nightclub fire in 2003 that killed 100 people, the General Assembly pushed through legislation that some thought would permit people to buy the type of fireworks (called “gerbs,” which means they
Going ballistic on the fireworks bill; Baccari is at it again; more electioneering
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 25, 2010


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The first Latino mayor?

Until recently, to talk about Angel Taveras was to talk about the future.
Angel Taveras’s moment suddenly arrives
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 16, 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

Political pig pile

For some time now, we at Casa Diablo have been aware of what is either a heinous conspiracy involving the timing of local news revelations or just another unfair law of nature.
Kennedy sets off a free-for-all; bad news for Loughlin and Dennigan
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 19, 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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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.
Fallout
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 22, 2010
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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
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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

Easy Ed strikes again

It’s always easy for Ed. That’s “Easy Ed” Achorn, the Other Paper’s deputy editorial pages editor who is the equivalent of a right-wing P&J.
More propaganda from Achorn. Plus, legislative musings and more.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 13, 2009
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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


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Camelot: The Next Generation

Senator Ted Kennedy's months-long battle with brain cancer inspired endless commentary about the demise of Camelot.
Patrick Kennedy is a square peg in his family's historic round table
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 02, 2009
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State House status

Rhode Island voters, for all their supposed insularity, are an increasingly progressive bunch.
In a purportedly liberal state, the Rhode Island General Assembly has a stubbornly conservative bent. But can progressive politics make a dent in 2010?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 14, 2009
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Interview: Jim Langevin

Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin has been in the news of late.
This Just In
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 31, 2009
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Artful dodger

Phillipe and Jorge are quite disappointed to see that the Rhode Island School of Design Museum will be closing for the month of August, largely due to its endowment being down due to the economic recession.
Keep the RISD Museum open in August! Plus, the weirdness on C Street.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 17, 2009

Carcieri pushes for Medicaid waiver

With the impact disputed, Carcieri pushes for his Medicaid waiver.
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 15, 2009


With the impact disputed, Carcieri pushes for his Medicaid waiver

There's a certain audacity to Governor Carcieri's drive to put a global Medicaid waiver in place in Rhode Island.
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 14, 2009
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Obama for president

The Phoenix endorses Barack Obama for President and Joe Biden for Vice President.
Plus, Reed for Senate, Kennedy and Langevin for US House, and choices for State Senate, House, and more
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX EDITORIAL STAFF  |  October 29, 2008

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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30 on 30

The Providence Phoenix celebrates 30 years with 30 interviews  
30 local luminaries look back on 30 years of the New Paper and the Providence Phoenix
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2008