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The best money can buy

Much attention being paid this week to Secretary of State Ralph Mollis's push to open a visitors center and gift shop at the State House, and Phillipe and Jorge are right on board with the idea — passed along to Ralphie Boy by the governor's office.
Cool, Cool World
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 23, 2012
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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
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The year the crap hit the fan

For a good metaphor of the year experienced by Rhode Island in 2008, consider the economic-development summit called by Governor Carcieri in November.
RI political mediocrity couldn't compare with the excesses of the fiscal meltdown
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 23, 2008
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A tale of two TV stories

Bill Rappleye, of WJAR-TV, was pursuing the adversarial relationship between reporters and elected officials when he asked Governor Carcieri to explain why he isn’t violating the state’s anti-nepotism law.
Hidden influence can be a bigger concern than aggressive reporters
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 18, 2008
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I didn’t give at the office

Hats off to the brave lawmakers at Halitosis Hall!
Halitosis Hall gets an ‘F’ for long-range thinking
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 30, 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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The ProJo's brave new world

The Providence Journal is turning to an unlikely source — high school football — for help.
Will going super-local on the Web strengthen the paper?
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 05, 2007
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Hubris ’“R” Us

Rhode Islanders are once again preparing to watch an elected official head to prison.
Corruption is propelled by petty power needs
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  February 07, 2007
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Rhode Island in ’06: same as it ever was

Imagine a year when the Narragansett Indians were energetically pitching a casino, cynical Rhode Islanders had plenty of reason to reinforce their jaundiced views, and state house Democrats maintained the upper hand over hapless Republican opponents with
Democrats on top, a casino quest, and a dose of corruption
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 20, 2006
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Rhode Island’s man of mystery

The hard-luck obit writer has just made his literary debut, in Gravewriter , a fast-paced mystery that represents a promising new chapter in Providence Journal reporter Mark Arsenault’s budding sideline as a fiction writer.
 Projo reporter Mark Arsenault carves a budding sideline in fiction
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 14, 2006
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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


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S.O.S. in the Biggest Little

What a joyful time in the Ocean State.
The possible private takeover of Harrah’s is more bad news
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  October 04, 2006
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Is Rhode Island still a state for sale?

As the star witness of federal prosecutors, former state senator John Celona of North Providence has sang chapter and verse about his arrogant, shameless, and corrupt dealings while having worked for an affiliate of Roger Williams Medical Center.
The shoe yet to drop is the extent of private sector responsibility
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 27, 2006
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Tortured logic

Back in 1993, US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York wrote a famous essay, entitled “Defining Deviancy Down,” for the American Scholar .
The Bushies persist in trying to justify self-defeating behavior
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  September 20, 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