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Chafee for governor?

For now, Lincoln Chafee has the luxury of discussing his political future as a riddle wrapped up in an enigma.
Running as an independent, he could thumb his nose at the worst of both parties
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 10, 2008
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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
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The new armies of the ’net

More than a million people have downloaded the “Hello Garci” ring tone.
Can pop technology ramp up public interest in politics?
By ERICA SAGRANS  |  February 01, 2007
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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 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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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


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Champions of the status quo

Although the flameout in April of Matt Brown’s US Senate bid was the most prominent example, he’s hardly been the only Rhode Island candidate to run into a campaign finance-related hassle this year.
Protecting incumbents takes precedence over a reform that could diminish the influence of money in Rhode Island politics  
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 26, 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
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Exit Matt Brown

There’s something Icarus-like in the US Senate campaign of Matt Brown, who spent several years planning his high-stakes run and then botched a campaign-finance fiasco that contradicted his self-narrative as a reformer.
The Democratic hopeful fumbled his campaign fundraising controversy
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 03, 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

Blowed up good

We hope Jim Capaldi, director of the state Department of Transportation, doesn’t faint when he reads the following sentence.
The old Jamestown Bridge is gonzo
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 19, 2006


Jamestown loses its erection

Jamestown Bridge is falling down, falling down. James­town Bridge is falling down, my fair lady!
The big blow-up could be a spectacle for the ages
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 12, 2006
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Toste makes another Green bid for state Senate

After making two credible challenges to state Senator Frank Caprio, Jeff Toste of the Green Party has developed his name recognition among the voters of Providence’s District 5, which encompasses much of the West Side.
Talking Politics  
By TIM LEHNERT  |  March 29, 2006

Trump at the Dump

How exciting that Johnston got a taste of the “Trump Magic” Monday night as the mighty capitalist icon with the ludicrous hairdo sent his management team into deepest Vo Dilun, trying to convince the folks there that what they need is a “major destinatio
The Donald’s minions talk smooth in Johnston
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 22, 2006

Stepping in it

You’re doing a heckuva job, Brownie.
Brown shows how not to build one’s war chest
By  |  March 08, 2006
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Inside fight

By all accounts, Thursday, February 9 was a red-letter day for US Senate candidate Matt Brown.
Does Brown have the staying power to go toe-to-toe with Whitehouse?
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 23, 2006


Hunting with Cheney

That Dick “Sure Shot” Cheney lacked a necessary stamp for shooting quail when he accidentally plugged one of his hunting buddies sounds about right.
It’s no surprise that “Big Time” poses a danger to others
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 16, 2006

Money counts

Your superior correspondents are as guilty as most for ignoring the many legitimate candidates who seek office, but are not given much chance of winning because of their reluctance (or inability) to link up with deep-pocketed contributors.
Sheeler has a gripe about attention given to better-funded rivals
By  |  January 19, 2006

Happy Hollandaise

Schwarzenegger, torture, cocaine, and college: it must be Christmas.
Bidding good night to 2005
By  |  January 07, 2006