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Taking on payday loans

State Representative Frank Ferri, owner of a Johnston bowling alley, has seen how the short-term, high-interest loans available at neighborhood payday loan shops can leave customers on a debt treadmill.
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By JOHN LARRABEE  |  February 10, 2012
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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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Paging Dilbert

What’s black and white and re(a)d all over? Certainly not the Providence Urinal, whose circulation has been falling faster than a 1000-pound safe pushed out of a sky-scraper window.
Fonting around at the Urinal. Plus, celebrity karaoke, and more.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 06, 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

Segal and Fierro lead the way for the General Assembly

As Rhode Islanders go to the polls for a primary election next Tuesday, September 9, there are some key votes to be made for progressive legislators.
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By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 01, 2008


Ten-5 plan for Providence City Council sparks sharp debate

Critics react to the plan to reformulate the Providence City Council.
Ten-5 plan for Providence City Council sparks sharp debate
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 21, 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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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.
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By IAN DONNIS  |  February 06, 2008
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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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The latinos take it to the next level

The latest US Census data — showing a growing number of immigrants living in the US, including many from Mexico — won’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with Rhode Island politics.
More candidates, more challenges, and the quest for clout
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  August 29, 2006
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The blacks try to get back in the game

If ever there were a golden opportunity to increase black political representation in Rhode Island, it would be this fall’s City Council elections in Providence, home to the largest black community in the state.
Increased political organizing is targeted after years of lethargy
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 18, 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

In-state tuition for undocumented immigrants?

Illegal immigrants in Rhode Island can get an education through high school, but the guarantee ends there. If they want to go to college in the state, they must pay the same tuition as out-of-state students.
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By RICHARD C. LEWIS  |  May 24, 2006
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Caprios on the rise

Like professional athletes employing a well-worn phrase — the familiar expression about focusing on the task at hand and not looking too far ahead — brothers Frank T. Caprio and David A. Caprio strike the same muted tone in separately discussing their re
Frank and David Caprio could challenge the Lynches as Rhode Island’s leading political family
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 02, 2006


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A progressive Providence Dem targets the state Senate

With state Senator Frank Caprio waging an early, highly visible, and thus-far uncontested campaign for state treasurer, Craig O’Connor, a progressive Providence Democrat making his first electoral run, has built a strong foundation to chase the seat bein
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By IAN DONNIS  |  February 23, 2006