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Joe Paolino weighs a different kind of mayoral run

It had been rumored for some time.
The Independent
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 16, 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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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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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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At the Biltmore, exultation and ecstasy over Obama’s win

Shortly before 9:30 pm on Tuesday, a huge roar went up among the Democratic crowd packing the 17th floor ballroom at the Providence Biltmore.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 05, 2008
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Cicilline: A go or no for governor?

Call it a case of art imitating life.
His rough patch shows how the mayor’s office remains a tricky launching pad
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 09, 2008


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The battle of the smallest state

Clinton bathed in the intense affection of an adoring crowd, her every statement punctuated by wild applause, chants, and a rising sea of blue signs touting her campaign.
The Rhode Island wields a rare impact as Clinton and Obama go head to head
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 29, 2008
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Pushing to replace Bush

On an overcast night in early June, nearly 100 of US Senator Barack Obama’s local supporters crowded into the Peerless Lofts in downtown Providence.
Rhode Islanders are getting busy while supporting their favorite democrats
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  July 11, 2007
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Car wars

As part of its effort to bring Providence into the modern era of professionalized government, the Cicilline administration wants your quarters — lots of them.
A good parking place is hard to find downtown—and with more meters, it will cost you  
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 26, 2007
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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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Return of the rogue

In December 2002, when Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci stepped into a car for the drive to his new home at a federal prison in Fort Dix, New Jersey, some thought that life in Rhode Island would never be the same.
Will Buddy Cianci try to make life difficult for Cicilline?
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 12, 2006


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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

John J. Partington was a class act

Serving as Providence’s public safety commissioner during the waning years of Buddy Cianci’s rule must have been a thankless task.
In Memoriam
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 15, 2006

Power play

After supplanting Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. almost four years ago as the 800-pound gorilla of Providence politics, Mayor David N. Cicilline continues to trumpet an agenda of civic reform and economic development.
Is Cicilline trying to remake the City Council? A department head’s incipient run against an East Side incumbent raises eyebrows
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 09, 2006