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Loughlin, returning from Iraq, faces a tough challenge

John J. Loughlin II — Army Reservist, former state representative, and all-but-official Republican candidate for Congress — is due back in Rhode Island late this month after a seven-month deployment in Iraq. And he'll encounter a political scene quite d
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 02, 2011
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From top cop to capitol hill?

It is hard to imagine a better Republican candidate for Rhode Island's First Congressional District than Colonel Brendan Doherty, the retired superintendent of state police.
Former State Police superintendent Brendan Doherty could mount a serious challenge to Congressman David Cicilline. But first he has to tame his restive GOP
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 19, 2011
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Cicilline on the hot seat

It's been a brutal couple of months for Providence mayor-turned-freshman Congressman David Cicilline.
But he's not cooked yet
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 29, 2011
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Nine things to watch for on Election Day

It is, perhaps, a sign of a troubling derangement. But I'll say it anyway: I'm going to miss this election season when it's over.  
Solidarity forever! Tea Party froth! Providence Rising!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 29, 2010
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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
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Flying blind: A primary-season post-mortem

With little public polling on the most hotly contested races in memory, Rhode Island’s pundit class was in the dark as the primary approached. But could the presence of a high-profile gay candidate make opinion surveys suspect anyway?
With little public polling on the most hotly contested races in memory, Rhode Island’s pundit class was in the dark as the primary approached
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 17, 2010