Joseph Montalbano

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ACLU and Irons: Strange political bedfellows

Politics has seldom made stranger bedfellows than those exposed when the RI ACLU hopped into the sack with former state senator William Irons.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  May 08, 2009

Voter apathy remains a primary staple

The big story from Tuesday’s primary election, understandably enough, was the seeming upset by Michael J. Pinga of state Senator Stephen D. Alves.
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 11, 2008

Are you paying too much for your heating bill?

As winter approaches and energy prices rise worldwide, Rhode Islanders will wince when they open their monthly bills for electricity and natural gas.
Critics charge that lax regulation is inflating utility costs in Rhode Island
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  September 10, 2008

Why care for me, but not poor RI kids?

On weekdays this spring, I’ve been driving from my home in Newport to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, where I lie under a fabulous machine that’s saving my life.
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  May 08, 2008

The hippest guy in state government

The idiosyncratic crowd indicated just how different this event was from your standard legislative money-maker.
State Rep David Segal brings some youthful cool to the general assembly
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 26, 2007

How high can Gordon Fox go?

Although House Majority Leader Gordon D. Fox considers himself a Red Sox fan, he hopes the Yankees win the World Series this year.
The progressive practices a balancing act in the socially conservative RI legislature
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 09, 2007


The new armies of the ’net

More than a million people have downloaded the “Hello Garci” ring tone.
Can pop technology ramp up public interest in politics?
By ERICA SAGRANS  |  February 01, 2007

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

Depena leaving RI Democratic Party post for city job

After attracting mixed reviews during two-and-a-half years in the job, Depena is leaving to take a position next month as executive director of the moribund Providence Human Relations Commission.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 14, 2006

Harrah’s hummer

Hey, hats off to the dignity of the Rhode Island Constitution.
Changing the state Constitution for a no-bid deal is so RI
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  June 09, 2006

RI goes (a little) green

As Rhode Islanders shed their heavy coats and wel­come spring, chances are they won’t remember this past fall and winter for the relatively mild weather.
Surging energy costs are leading the state to tap alternative sources once viewed as flaky or unproven
By RICHARD C. LEWIS  |  April 12, 2006


The long wait for gay marriage

Justice Brown-Duso is an outspoken nine-year-old with a big smile.
Although Rhode Island offers a hospitable home to gays and lesbians, equality remains elusive
By BETH SCHWARTZAPFEL  |  February 15, 2006