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Patrick Kennedy's unexpected challenge to marijuana legalization

Since leaving Capitol Hill in 2010, former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy has devoted much of his energy to mental health concerns.
Next Act
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 11, 2013

Measuring up; the GOP isn’t making friends; get some soup

Phillipe and Jorge would suggest that anyone in Vo Dilun's First Congressional District with a stock of empty milk cartons to stand on or telephone books to sit on get in contact with the campaign offices of David "Little Chi-Chi" Cicilline and Antknee
You must be this tall . . .
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 20, 2012

Kennedy Involved in Iranian Exile Group Story

A curious bit of news from the New York Times involving former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, among other prominent Democrats and Republicans. Here's the truncated version...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 28, 2011

Beyond the moon shot

Retired Congressman Patrick Kennedy has enjoyed a nice little boomlet of press coverage in recent weeks with his push to raise billions in private and public money over the next decade for brain research.
To the Heavens
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 10, 2011

On "Moon Shots" and the New Mythology

Retired Representative Patrick Kennedy got a nice little boomlet of media coverage last month with his push for a new "moonshot" - a la his...
By David Scharfenberg  |  June 06, 2011

Kennedy Engagement Party

OK, I'm going a little People here. The deets on Patrick Kennedy's engagement party, via Politico: Patrick Kennedy's family is set to fete his engagement...
By David Scharfenberg  |  May 03, 2011

How Dependent is the RI Delegation on Defense Industry Contributions?

The alleged $10 million kickback scandal involving a Rhode Island-based Navy official and defense contractor Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow (ASFT) has focused attention on campaign contributions offered up...
By David Scharfenberg  |  February 14, 2011

A Kennedy in Connecticut?

The Kennedy drought in Washington is looking, more every day, like it may be a short-lived affair. Former Rhode Island Representative Patrick Kennedy, whose departure...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 21, 2011

A New Kennedy

You knew it was only a matter of time. From the New York Times, reporting out of Boston: It was billed as a commemoration of...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 12, 2011

The Kennedys will rise again!

As you've probably heard a couple thousand times by now, Rhode Island Representative Patrick J. Kennedy's retirement means Washington is without a member of Team Camelot for the first time in 64 years.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 07, 2011

The 2011 political forecast

The great wave election of 2010 did little to reshape Rhode Island's Congressional delegation. Neither of the state's senators faced re-election and Democrats held onto both House seats, with Congressman-elect David Cicilline replacing the retiring Patr
Getting Back To Business
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 17, 2010

NYT on Kennedy's Departure

The New York Times has a piece, today, on Patrick Kennedy's departure from Washington - and an end of an era. From the story: Nightfall...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 16, 2010

In the Phoenix: TFA and the Delegation

A new issue of the Phoenix hits the stands today. And I've got pieces on Teach for America, the controversial program that recruits top-tier college...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 16, 2010

The Next Kennedy

For the Kennedy junky, this rundown from the Washington Post's political blog, "The Fix," on the next in line after Representative Patrick Kennedy steps down....
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 30, 2010

The Independent Man, and greased to go

Phillipe and Jorge were given a subtle indicator that it was going to be a tough election night when an ad for his-and-hers KY Jelly ran right after the early ballot projections on Channel 6's news at 9 pm. This was to be a Ben Dover Production, indeed
Our last words on campaign ’10; acting up; farewell, Len Jardine
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 05, 2010

Why Lincoln Chafee deserves your vote

Many Rhode Islanders are still undecided about the governor's race. Until this week, the Phoenix , too, was torn.
A man of expansive yet commonsensical vision, with a rare political courage
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 29, 2010

NYT: Kennedy Memoir Forthcoming

The ProJo mentioned retiring Congressman Patrick Kennedy's plans to write a book in a piece this past weekend. Some detail from the New York Times:...
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 05, 2010

Post-primary punditry; war games; holy howlers; words worth reading

OK, boys and girls, the primaries are over. Let’s see what hit the floor when the chips fell on Tuesday.
Fallen chips
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 17, 2010

David Cicilline for Congress

All elections are important, of course. But Rhode Island voters have a rare opportunity this fall to remake the state’s political hierarchy in sweeping fashion.
Plus, Taveras for mayor of Providence, and Fernandez for attorney general
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 10, 2010

Could Cicilline be in for a surprise on Tuesday?

With the Democratic primary for Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District seat in the home stretch, most observers say Providence Mayor David Cicilline is the man to beat. And there is much to recommend the view.
Primary wisdom
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 10, 2010

Hand puppets and Hope: Grading the candidates' ads

Primary season is upon us. And the four Democrats vying to succeed retiring 1st District Congressman Patrick Kennedy are engaged in a particularly lively air war on television and the Interzone.
Air War
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 03, 2010


An angry electorate? Eh, whatever

Whither the rage? Rhode Island's Great Recession — greater, even, than the national model — was supposed to conjure a once-in-a-generation anti-incumbent fever. But so far, it's looking more like a modest headache.
Dud Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 20, 2010

Patrick Kennedy on Vicki

A piece appearing in the Washington Post this weekend focused on top Democrats pushing the late Senator Ted Kennedy's widow Vicki Reggie Kennedy to run for...
By David Scharfenberg  |  August 16, 2010

The Democrats' ambitious new chairman

Last month, just a few weeks removed from his long-held post as chairman of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, Bill Lynch walked into the party’s convention as a Congressional candidate and didn’t come close to securing the endorsement.
Party time
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 23, 2010

Grab Bag

A few stray media/politics observations as we kick off the week: The Politifact Moment: During last week's Congressional debate, businessman Anthony Gemma paused as he...
By David Scharfenberg  |  July 19, 2010

City Council on the cusp of change

In Rhode Island's most dynamic political season in years, one set of intriguing races is getting short shrift: the Providence City Council contests.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 09, 2010

Hire us now, Ms. Gist!

Wow! Bow-wow! How do we get a job to write a speech for state education commissioner Deborah Gist for a cool $10,000?
Will tap dance for free!
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 28, 2010

New Poll: Chafee Strong, Lynch Slipping

Independent Lincoln Chafee holds his lead in the gubernatorial race in the latest poll from Rasmussen and, significantly, fares better than either of the Democrats...
By David Scharfenberg  |  March 30, 2010

Kennedy's Message to Obama

The late Senator Ted Kennedy spent decades fighting for health reform. And yesterday, at the signing ceremony for the health overhaul bill, Representative Patrick Kennedy gave...
By David Scharfenberg  |  March 24, 2010

At His Father's Grave

From the Washington Post, Patrick Kennedy leaves a graveside note for his father after passage of health reform: The political odyssey of health care reform...
By David Scharfenberg  |  March 23, 2010