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State House status

Rhode Island voters, for all their supposed insularity, are an increasingly progressive bunch.
In a purportedly liberal state, the Rhode Island General Assembly has a stubbornly conservative bent. But can progressive politics make a dent in 2010?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 14, 2009

Affordable housing effort targets $30-60k bracket

The Armory Revival Company may not be the first developer that comes to mind when affordable housing is mentioned.
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  December 12, 2007

Activist Tales

Cleve Jones told a fascinating tale about how the assassination of Harvey Milk led him to become a prominent bridge-builder between the LGBT community and the labor movement.
Cleve Jones offers a model of labor-LGBT solidarity
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  November 07, 2007

Locals push, in various ways, to end the war

Across Rhode Island, many people refuse to believe the hype that General David Petraeus’s September report to the nation actually means something.
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  August 22, 2007

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

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


Community rallies against closing of Boys and Girls Club

In October 2004, 17-year-old William Lamont Thomas highlighted the launching of a GTECH-sponsored computer lab at the South Side Boys & Girls Club.
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  February 21, 2007

Rhode Island in ’06: same as it ever was

Imagine a year when the Narragansett Indians were energetically pitching a casino, cynical Rhode Islanders had plenty of reason to reinforce their jaundiced views, and state house Democrats maintained the upper hand over hapless Republican opponents with
Democrats on top, a casino quest, and a dose of corruption
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 20, 2006

Does Biden have the right stuff for 2008?

While the 2006 mid-term elections are over, the war in Iraq still rages.
Talking politics
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  December 06, 2006

Déjà vu all over again for RI GOP

Lincoln Chafee should be the next head of the Rhode Island Republican Party.
Carcieri faces failure in having fostered a real two-party system
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 15, 2006

A progressive guide to ballot questions

In December 2001, the Reverend Duane Clinker and three other ministers were arrested at the State House while protesting growing homelessness and cuts to funding for affordable housing.
Voters can back affordable housing and voting for Freed Felons
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  October 25, 2006


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

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

Capital power

In 2002, it was no mere coincidence that David N. Cicilline’s Providence mayoral campaign placed its campaign headquarters on Elmwood Avenue, in the heart of the capital city’s Latino community.
Providence remains the political base for RI’s Latinos
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  August 17, 2006

Mollis seeks opinion on fundraising letter sent to town employees

North Providence Mayor A. Ralph Mollis has asked for a legal opinion on whether it was acceptable for his chief of staff, who also co-manages his campaign, to send a fundraising letter to municipal employees who have given him previous campaign donations
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 27, 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


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

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
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 23, 2006

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