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The quiet push to decriminalize marijuana possession in Rhode Island

The often frustrating push to get a workable medical marijuana regime up and running in Rhode Island has received plenty of ink in recent years. But the state's pot politics don't end there.
Pot is not a crime
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 20, 2012
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Linc's greenskeeping

Sure, governor-elect Lincoln Chafee used to shoe racehorses up in Canada, but it appears he could also have been a good greenskeeper.
Chafee gets a feather in his cap; dreading Cantor; Korean fever dreams
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 03, 2010

Election attracting urine stains

For those who have felt that the entertainment value of Our Little Towne’s mayoral elections has been in serious decline since the Bud-I’s extended stay in New Jersey, look no further than the RIFuture blog.
Drama queens and vampire squids
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 23, 2010
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The upside of hope in Rhode Island

Everywhere one turns these days, there's seemingly more bad news about Rhode Island: the unemployment rate, one of the highest in the nation, tops 10 percent — and the state's running out of unemployment assistance.
Nine individuals who are bullish and optimistic amid the state's current tough times
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 28, 2009
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Maine House candidates

As with the candidates for Maine Senate, we compiled some biographical information on each candidate and then asked each person what they would take action on right up front, if they were elected.
Who wants to go to Augusta?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008
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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


P+J say vote this way

P+J have been suggesting — rightly in many cases — that you Pinga! your incumbent, who helped get the state into the deplorable and nationally notorious financial mess it is in.
Obama and Reed lead the Casa Diablo ticket
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 29, 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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A win-wind situation

It’s a pretty rare day when lobbyists, environmentalists, and labor officials are all happy about supporting the same legislation.
Renewable energy’s promise is a bright spot amid the state’s deficit gloom
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 26, 2008
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Super Tuesday: Pretty much as expected

Things turned out more or less as anticipated: John McCain bolstered his frontrunner status on the Republican side, and dueling Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will keep fighting.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 06, 2008
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The best of times

Holidays and their attendant celebrations foster memories — of all kinds, to be sure — but it’s the good ones we strive to re-create.
Local notables share their favorite holiday traditions
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 14, 2007


Local 121

My usual dining companion doesn’t order shrimp anymore because she’s tired of asking where they came from.
Regional and reasonably priced
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 29, 2007
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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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Local heroes

In this, the tenth annual edition of the Providence Phoenix’s “Best” issue, we highlight people and organizations who are doing exceptionally good work.
The best people, and the best organizations
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 18, 2007
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Trouble at the top

The back of our limo has one of those yellow ribbon decals that say “Support Our Troops” — just above the “Impeach Bush” sticker.
The Walter Reed fiasco is a national disgrace
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 14, 2007
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Providence endorsements

The Providence Phoenix enthusiastically endorses Sheldon Whitehouse.
Whitehouse for US Senate; Fogarty for governor; Kennedy and Langevin for Congress; lynch for attorney general; “yes” for the casino
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 01, 2006


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Rebels in the general assembly

To the displeasure of progressives around Rhode Island, the Democrat-controlled General Assembly this year passed mammoth tax cuts for the wealthiest of Rhode Islanders — the same kind of tax cuts for which national Democrats have hammered President Geor
Can progressives change the debate on the issues that matter?
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  October 18, 2006
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Casa D. slate storms the primary

While P&J do not see eye to eye with most of Bob “Cool Moose” Healey’s libertarian leanings, he is a truly thoughtful contributor to the body politic.
Chafee, Roberts, and de Ramel get the nod  
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  September 06, 2006
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A spirited race to succeed Roberts in Cranston

As progressive favorite Elizabeth Robert negotiates a crowded field of Democrats and Republicans to try to win the lieutenant governor’s office, four Democrats are vying to inherit her Cranston-based state Senate seat.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 23, 2006

Democrat bloggers tout a people-powered movement

Even with the mainstreaming of political blogs — which have become a campaign staple in this election year — Markos Zuniga believes they “never will reach anyone who’s not a hardcore political junkie.”
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 24, 2006