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Hot air index; Mr. Alexander goes to Africa; old and in the way?

While the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, the world's big "environmental summit," produced enough hot air to accelerate global warming tenfold, there was at least one noteworthy moment.
The interpreter
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 29, 2012

Friartown, redux

Phillipe and Jorge have always had a problem with Providence College basketball’s advertising campaign, which refers to the area as “Friartown” in a delusional suggestion that the squad has support throughout the local community.
PC players foul out. Plus, helping Johnny Mac, a Supreme shift, and ‘Monbo Time’
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 16, 2010

Onward, Christian governor!

It's nice to see Governor Don "Laughing Boy" Carcieri loosening up by sharing the real Donnie Boy with the people of Vo Dilun. Initially (certainly in his first campaign for governor in 2002) Don tried to come across as a moderate conservative, not unlik
Carcieri gets "loose"; plus, farewell to Tedy, and mind-boggling Bush
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  September 04, 2009

More fun in Nawt Prov

Sal Mancini would be proud.
Tales of Ebay Cholly. Plus, our sorry state, kissing cops, and the GOP.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 31, 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

Picaresque journey: 30 years in Rhode Island

Hard though it might be to believe, some things in Rhode Island actually do change.  
What we mostly want is a low-number license plate 
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 23, 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
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The Quiet Power of Jack Reed

As he closes out his second six-year term in the Senate, perhaps the most elite club in politics, Reed is the subject of ongoing speculation about his future.
Without seeking the spotlight, the senator and his star continue to rise
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 13, 2008
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Chafee for governor?

For now, Lincoln Chafee has the luxury of discussing his political future as a riddle wrapped up in an enigma.
Running as an independent, he could thumb his nose at the worst of both parties
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 10, 2008
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How Giuliani’s presidential campaign came undone

Your superior correspondents last week had a close encounter with a couple of creatures who qualify in Vo Dilun as authentic endangered species: Republican legislators.
GOP Minority Leader Watson reveals all at Nick-a-Nee’s
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 09, 2008
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Maguire’s move to DC a blow for RI GOP

Spencer Maguire, who mounted an aggressive Republican challenge to state Representative Ray Gallison (D-Bristol) in 2006, has taken a job in Washington, DC.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 12, 2007


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Why RI Republicans fail

Providence Journal op-ed columnist Edward Achorn has made repeated reference to the apparent “learned helplessness” of Rhode Islanders.
Quick to blame Democrats, the local GOP can’t seem to find candidates or a long-term plan of its own
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 14, 2007
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Straight outta Kafka

We want to get into the shower and not emerge until November 2008.
The Bushies’ enthusiasm for torture is indefensible
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 25, 2007
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Last Republican standing

Last year, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian made a very smart decision by standing pat.
Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian is a rare bright spot for the RI GOP
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 07, 2007
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Rhode Island’s billion-dollar man

Jack McConnell grew up in modest circumstances.
Lawyer Jack McConnell took the fight to the lead paint industry
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  February 28, 2007
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Déjà vu all over again for RI GOP

Lincoln Chafee should be the next head of the Rhode Island Republican Party.
Carcieri faces failure in having fostered a real two-party system
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 15, 2006


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Separated at birth

Six years ago, when Lincoln Chafee won the US Senate seat to which he’d been appointed after his father’s death, it wouldn’t have been surprising if Sheldon Whitehouse approached him during the victory celebration at Providence Marriott to offer his cong
The partisan difference is the big thing dividing Chafee and whitehouse   
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 25, 2006
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A progressive guide to ballot questions

In December 2001, the Reverend Duane Clinker and three other ministers were arrested at the State House while protesting growing homelessness and cuts to funding for affordable housing.
Voters can back affordable housing and voting for Freed Felons
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  October 25, 2006
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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
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Aided by his name and the national GOP, Chafee beats back Laffey

Chafee attributed his 54-46 percent victory over Cranston Mayor Stephen P. Laffey to “a grassroots effort like Rhode Island has never seen.”
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 13, 2006
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The Milquetoast and the Blowhard

Now is not the time for Lincoln Chafee to be timid.
Rhode Island’s Shakespearean Senate battle
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 08, 2006


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Laffey attacks from the center

When Cranston Mayor Stephen P. Laffey announced last week that he didn’t even want the state Republican Party’s endorsement it marked a textbook move in the upstart’s stiff Republican primary challenge to US Senator Lincoln Chafee.
The Cranston conservative needs to broaden his support if he’s going to oust Chafee
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 11, 2006
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Advantage: Whitehouse

It was just one more in a steady stream of campaign stops, efforts that might land Sheldon Whitehouse six months from now in the most exclusive club in the nation.
The Democrat has the best shot in years to claim ‘the Chafee seat’ from the GOP
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 03, 2006

Much ado about nothing

Please, spare us all the media-orchestrated hand-wringing about how the Providence Preservation Society has chosen to add the name of our former mayor, the Bud-I, to its Hall of Fame, as one of 50 individuals and groups who made giant strides in preservi
Cianci deserves his Providence Preservation Society recognition
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 03, 2006