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Liberal warrior

When it comes to his signature issues — climate change, campaign finance reform, tax fairness — Whitehouse makes little secret of his approach: marshal the facts, hammer the Republicans, and embarrass them into action.
Sheldon Whitehouse is attacking the obstructionist GOP head-on. Will it work?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 12, 2013
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Break on through

When I spoke with Treasurer Gina Raimondo this week, I opened with the obligatory question about whether she'll run for governor. "I'm seriously considering it," she said. "But I think as you know — we've talked about it before — I have little kids: a si
If Gina Raimondo shatters the glass ceiling in the 2014 governor's race, it may be male voters who get her there
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 29, 2013

What is Linc hiding?; the Big East gets small; blunders at Halitosis Hall

"What's that you're holding behind your back?"
Show us your hands
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 15, 2013
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Rhode Island's poet laureate on the work verse can do

When Governor Lincoln Chafee appointed Rick Benjamin to a five-year term as Rhode Island State Poet last week, he said Benjamin was already an "unofficial" state poet. He had a point.
Q&A
By PHILIP EIL  |  January 18, 2013
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This year’s follies highlight the biggest problem in Rhode Island politics: amateurism

About halfway through Democrat Anthony Gemma's ridiculous Congressional campaign, I began to wonder if it was all an elaborate piece of performance art.
State House blunders
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 21, 2012
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Rough times for Raimondo; bottom-feeding in Newtown; remembering Ravi

A tough couple of weeks for corporate darling and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
Un-treasured memories
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 21, 2012


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The foulest of the fowl: the Phoenix presents its fourth annual dishonor roll

Ah, Thanksgiving. Mashed potatoes, football, that asshole uncle of yours.
Turkey time
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 23, 2012
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Natalie Gruppuso’s ‘Love and Equality’ at Yellow Peril

When the Massachusetts Supreme Court approved gay marriage, I covered one of the first gay weddings there as a reporter in 2004.
Happily ever after (finally)
By GREG COOK  |  June 29, 2012
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Public records: a little more sunlight

Late Tuesday night, as the legislative session came to a close, the General Assembly passed a bill strengthening Rhode Island's deplorable public records law. Governor Chafee, though he has expressed some reservations about the bill, is expected to sign
This Just In
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 15, 2012

Schilling strikes out; war on women; the kids are all right

You may recall, a couple of years back, that then-Governor Donald "The Don" Carcieri was very gung ho about the state offering Curt Schilling's 38 Studios video game company a whopping $75 million in loan guarantees through the Rhode Island Economic Dev
Holding a 38 to our head
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 18, 2012

We voted!; the old ball game; hear them roar

Like all good Vo Dilunduhs, Phillipe and Jorge used our unaffiliated voter status to become "Republicans for a day," cast our ballots in the GOP primary, and then switch back to being independents immediately afterward.
Poll dances
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 27, 2012


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On Valentine's Day, a toast to a man wronged

They raised a toast this Valentine's Day at McBride's Pub in Providence to John Gordon, much-remembered these past 167 years.
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By BRIAN C. JONES  |  February 17, 2012

In the Phoenix; and Chafee on Civil Disobedience


I've got a cover story in today's Phoenix about Rhode Island's tricky shift to what I call Medical Marijuana 2.0.After a threatened federal crackdown, Governor...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 12, 2012

Chafee's Spin on 2011


Governor Chafee, his approval rating at 27 percent, has taken a beating in the end-of-2011 reviews. You've heard the list: failures on the sales tax...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 09, 2012

In 2012, election year intrigue awaits

The new year is, of course, an election year. And while the presidential race will probably be less-than-dramatic in Rhode Island, there will be plenty of other intriguing fare for the political junkie.
Punditry Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 30, 2011

WSJ on Chafee


As the year comes to a close, the media is filled with the inevitable retrospectives. And Lincoln Chafee gets the full treatment in the Wall...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 23, 2011


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Rhode Island goes red

For Rhode Island progressives, the new year arrived with an air of anticipation.
Progressives look back on a string of bitter defeats
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 23, 2011

Zainyeh's Charge


Lincoln Chafee's new choice for chief of staff, George Zainyeh, is a well-regarded figure in Rhode Island political circles. And the selection underscores one of...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 20, 2011

Chafee Has Company in Gingrich


 Linc Chafee, it appears, is not the only(Gin)grinch. From Politico:Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich waged a quiet war on Christmas — or at least the...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 07, 2011

On reclassifying marijuana


Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee and Washington Governor Chris Gregoire announced today that they have filed a petition with the Drug Enforcement Agency asking for...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 30, 2011
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Turkey time

It's time for the Phoenix 's third annual turkeys issue, wherein we call out Rhode Islanders for acts most fowl.
Injustice, deception, and simple boneheadedness: the Phoenix presents its third annual dishonor role
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 25, 2011


Parsing Winners and Losers in the Pension Battle


We've got a pretty good sense, now, for what the pension bill will look like when it comes up for a vote. And most observers...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 10, 2011

Chafee Interview: Part II


Last week, I sat down with Governor Chafee for an interview on several topics. I've written, in this space, about his comments on medical marijuana. But...
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 03, 2011

Chafee Sent Signals on Medical Marijuana


Lincoln Chafee's announcement yesterday that he would refuse to license three medical marijuana dispensaries hit pot activists hard. But it was not unexpected. Some quick...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 30, 2011

On "No Child" Reform


Interesting tableau in Washington, today, with Governor Lincoln Chafee and Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, who have clashed in the past, playing witness - together -...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 23, 2011

In the Phoenix: Labor and the ProJo


In this week's Phoenix, I've got a piece suggesting that the looming fight over pension reform will provide a window on one of the most pressing questions...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 15, 2011


Licht: Reamortization Still on the Table


The public debate over pension reform has not focused, lately, on reamortization: refinancing the state's pension obligation and pushing some of the pain down the...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 14, 2011

A Thoughtful Gag


Bob Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association-Rhode Island, called for a "thoughtful pause" on pension reform in the wake of a judge's decision...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 14, 2011

The Charter School Future


The state's Board of Regents shot down a proposed Cranston charter school today, by a 7-1 vote, after a heated debate that pitted Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 01, 2011

Connecticut None Too Pleased About Toll Proposal


The Chafee Administration has ticked off some folks in southwestern Rhode Island, especially State Representative Brian Patrick Kennedy, with his push to erect a toll...
By David Scharfenberg  |  August 29, 2011