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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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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
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US Attorney Corrente and CVS CEO Ryan: two ‘regular guys’

The closely watched ongoing investigation of state legislators stars Robert Clark Corrente as the focused US attorney and Tom Ryan as the more enigmatic CVS CEO.
Probing matters
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  December 05, 2007
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Is Carcieri already a lame duck?

For openers, Carcieri returned to a State House devoid as ever of fellow Republicans.
The Governor is politically skillful, but his ability to deliver remains a big question
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  June 06, 2007
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Rhode Island at a crossroads

Among the hundred young people at a recent State House rally was a 17-year-old high school student, who could find himself in one of two places — either in college or homeless — a year from now.
This year’s budget could signal a major shift in the state’s underlying principles
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  April 25, 2007
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Last Republican standing

Last year, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian made a very smart decision by standing pat.
Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian is a rare bright spot for the RI GOP
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 07, 2007


Cuban Revolution

Not only will the revolution be televised, it will be performed to Afro-Cuban rhythms twice nightly with the Buena Vista Social Club all tuxedoed up.
Viva las ropas viejas
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 14, 2007
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How will speaker Murphy use his power?

It was no big surprise when House Speaker William J. Murphy recently presented his wife, Stacey, with a bunch of roses — as thanks, he said, for the nights he had missed dinner while working late at the State House.
A brain drain, looming deficits, and other challenges await solutions
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 10, 2007
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A curious editorial switch on the Harrah’s casino

Reporters at the Providence Journal were among those taken by surprise when the paper, in an abrupt and unacknowledged reversal of its long-held position, editorialized on Sunday, October 22, in favor of the proposed Harrah’s Entertainment-Narragansett
As the ProJo turns
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 01, 2006
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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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Casino battle royale

The casino battle has been raging for so long that it often seems like a permanent part of the Rhode Island landscape.
A look at who’s who in the high-stakes faceoff over question one
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 11, 2006


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Down to the wire

So will Cranston Mayor Stephen P. Laffey prove the ascending dragon-slayer who knocks off US Senator Lincoln Chafee, a favorite target of conservatives everywhere, or will the herky-jerky heir to one of the best brand names in Ocean State politics repel
Will Chafee or Laffey emerge victorious? Plus, Rhode Island’s other top primary races
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 06, 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
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Advantage: Whitehouse

It was just one more in a steady stream of campaign stops, efforts that might land Sheldon Whitehouse six months from now in the most exclusive club in the nation.
The Democrat has the best shot in years to claim ‘the Chafee seat’ from the GOP
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 03, 2006

Carcieri’s no-show at Follies raises eyebrows

Suffering the merciless slings and arrows of the Providence Newspaper Guild’s Follies has become a time-honored rite of passage for the state’s politicians since the festive event was first held in 1974.
Talking Politics  
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 02, 2006
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Rhode Island’s great communicator

The Governor's message mastery is a prime asset — and a leading challenge for democrats — in the 2006 campaign
Is Carcieri RI's Barry Goldwater?
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 13, 2006