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Hummel’s soft play for a more robust RI media

Michael Healey, best known as the amiable spokesman for former Attorney General Patrick Lynch, has nicknamed independent investigative reporter Jim Hummel's stories the "Hummel Pummel."
Features Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 23, 2012


Am I the only one looking forward to Patrick Lynch, candidate for governor in 2014, answering questions about his brother's medical marijuana operation? This should...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 18, 2011

Lynch's Prospects

Patrick Lynch, the outgoing attorney general, has been touting his $415,000 war chest and suggesting that another run at elected office may be in the...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 10, 2010

Review: Trinity Rep gets to the Heart of Scrooge

The more things stay the same, the more they change; at least that's so regarding Trinity Repertory Company's A Christmas Carol (through December 31). Every year on Washington Street, they task themselves with resurrecting the Charles Dickens tale by
The inner Ebenezer
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 03, 2010

Caprio's Clinton fixation

It was the highlight of Democrat Frank Caprio's bid for governor: an endorsement by Bill Clinton before an enormous American flag at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
The gubernatorial hopeful is running an ‘It’s The Economy, Stupid’ campaign. But will the centrist approach work in a liberal-leaning state?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 22, 2010

Providence's mayoral candidates, on bended knee

In a parallel universe, where serial candidate Christopher Young's antics are simply an ingenious bit of performance art — and not evidence of a worrisome and often obnoxious instability — his display at the recent Providence mayoral debate might quali
Wedding Bells
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 27, 2010


It's on: Chafee and Caprio square off for governor

Just a couple of weeks after Attorney General Patrick Lynch withdrew from the governor's race, it is quickly shaping up as a two-man battle: independent Lincoln Chafee versus Democrat Frank Caprio.
Man vs. Message
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 30, 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

The Lynch Fallout

Much has been written about whether Congressional candidate Bill Lynch will benefit from his brother Patrick's decision to drop out of the Democratic gubernatorial primary. But Patrick's...
By David Scharfenberg  |  July 20, 2010

Patrick Lynch’s labor problem

For Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch, candidate for governor, labor matters.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 21, 2010

Lynch's Labor Problem

Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch, candidate for governor, scored a key labor endorsement a couple of weeks ago from the United Food and Commercial Workers...
By David Scharfenberg  |  May 19, 2010

Not Easy Being AG

The pronouncements of political scientists don't always square with reality. But one oft-repeated bit of punditry in the run-up to the gubernatorial race is proving quite prescient:...
By David Scharfenberg  |  May 04, 2010

A wind farm — and a governor’s legacy — hang in the balance

With Governor Carcieri’s second and final term coming to an end, it is time to think about the “L” word — legacy.
Not Easy Being Green
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 09, 2010


Incarcerated in a maximum-security prison in Cranston, Rhode Island, Jeff Mailhot grabbed a pen and a sheet of stationery and traced an outline of his beefy left hand.
A serial killer seeks a payoff
By JOHN LARRABEE  |  April 02, 2010

Lynch Hits Carcieri on EPA Letter

As reported here last week, Governor Carcieri was part of a group of 20 governors who penned a letter voicing opposition to the EPA's planned...
By David Scharfenberg  |  March 23, 2010

Lynch Picks Up Endorsement

Gubernatorial candidate Patrick Lynch, who has been making a strong play for union support in the Democratic primary, announces an endorsement: Today United Food and...
By David Scharfenberg  |  March 22, 2010

Lynch Rolls out Economic Development Plan

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio has focused his campaign, almost exclusively, on boosting small business and the local economy - though he hasn't offered much by...
By David Scharfenberg  |  March 16, 2010

Down ballot drama

The race for governor and the scramble to replace retiring Representative Patrick J. Kennedy have obsessed Rhode Island's chattering class. But all the talk has obscured an intriguing set of "down ballot" races for lieutenant governor, attorney general,
Important races to watch in '10
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 12, 2010

The faded Follies

As regular readers of the Cool, Cool World well know, one of the social highlights of the year at Casa Diablo is the Providence Newspaper Guild Follies.
The thrill is gone at the ProJo shindig; there’s something about Cumberland; and more
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 05, 2010

Mikus Leaves Lynch Campaign

UPDATE: The Lynch campaign has just made the formal announcement ----------------------------------------------------------------- N4N has learned that Mike Mikus, who has managed Patrick Lynch's gubernatorial run since...
By David Scharfenberg  |  March 01, 2010

On the Caprio Poll

The ProJo has a short piece on the inside pages today on Frank Caprio's gubernatorial campaign releasing results on a single question from a campaign poll:...
By David Scharfenberg  |  February 09, 2010

Lynch's Labor Trouble

The topline figures in last week's WPRI-TV poll were not great news for Attorney General Patrick Lynch, as he tries to outmanuever Treasurer Frank Caprio...
By David Scharfenberg  |  February 08, 2010

Caprio Campaign Rejects Talk of GOP Run

Patrick Lynch's campaign issued a press release this morning titled "Caprio to Run as a Republican?," which cites a radio interview with John Dodenhoff, former campaign manager...
By David Scharfenberg  |  February 02, 2010

Following the Money

Before Democratic gubernatorial candidates Frank Caprio and Patrick Lynch filed their quarterly campaign finance reports yesterday, we knew the broad outlines: Lynch, who has trailed...
By David Scharfenberg  |  February 02, 2010

Lynch Keeps Up Offensive

Patrick Lynch has been, by far, the most aggressive voice in the nascent gubernatorial campaign. Today he takes a swipe at Governor Carcieri and his...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 26, 2010

What’s next for Cicilline?

Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline rode into office seven years ago as the fresh-faced anti-Buddy. Bleach for a soiled City Hall.
After a couple of tough years — and some jabs from Buddy — how bright is his political future?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 22, 2010


Finally, a GOP gubernatorial contender!

Speaking of the GOP, it appears the party has a candidate — at last! — for the gubernatorial race, provided he doesn't wimp out like Rory Smith did when he realized he was in a no-win, not-ever situation.
Robitaille gives it a go. Plus, voter unrest, Reid puts his foot in it, and more.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 15, 2010

A gadfly eyes public office

Rhode Island's gubernatorial tilt is attracting more attention than any other of the state's budding races.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 15, 2010

Chafee and the hazards of a bold politics

By the time a candidate for major office steps up to the microphone to officially declare for the seat, everyone already knows his intentions.
 Tax Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 08, 2010

It will not be a dull year!

The New Year is shaping up as potent dope for the political junkie.
The governor’s race, gambling, drama on Smith Hill, and more is on tap in 2010
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 08, 2010