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A force for change

Arriving in 1988 as the corrupt misdeeds of then-Governor Edward DiPrete were bursting into public view, H. Philip West Jr. picked an opportune time to take the helm of Common Cause of Rhode Island.
Phil West bids farewell after an eventful 18 years at common cause
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 21, 2006
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The battle of Rhode Island

Heading into the home stretch of the 2006 gubernatorial race, Lieutenant Governor Charles Fogarty has cause for hope and reason for concern.
Fogarty and Carcieri sharpen their competing visions for the state
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 18, 2006
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Is Rhode Island still a state for sale?

As the star witness of federal prosecutors, former state senator John Celona of North Providence has sang chapter and verse about his arrogant, shameless, and corrupt dealings while having worked for an affiliate of Roger Williams Medical Center.
The shoe yet to drop is the extent of private sector responsibility
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 27, 2006
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The road to November

For all the unusual drama of Lincoln Chafee and Stephen P. Laffey’s GOP Senate primary gunfight, it was politics as usual that helped Chafee to score what many considered an unexpectedly decisive win.
Two big questions highlight the run-up to RI’s general elections  
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 20, 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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The best and worst of David Cicilline

As he heads into the home stretch of his first term, Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline couldn’t have asked for a better seal of approval.
With only token opposition this fall, the Providence mayor has serious triumphs and challenges
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 12, 2006


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Return of the rogue

In December 2002, when Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci stepped into a car for the drive to his new home at a federal prison in Fort Dix, New Jersey, some thought that life in Rhode Island would never be the same.
Will Buddy Cianci try to make life difficult for Cicilline?
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 12, 2006
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Caprios on the rise

Like professional athletes employing a well-worn phrase — the familiar expression about focusing on the task at hand and not looking too far ahead — brothers Frank T. Caprio and David A. Caprio strike the same muted tone in separately discussing their re
Frank and David Caprio could challenge the Lynches as Rhode Island’s leading political family
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 02, 2006
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Look in the mirror

What’s a new year in Rhode Island without a few indictments?
A disengaged public supports an environment in which political misdeeds flourish  
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 18, 2006
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Rhode Island’s great communicator

The Governor's message mastery is a prime asset — and a leading challenge for democrats — in the 2006 campaign
Is Carcieri RI's Barry Goldwater?
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 13, 2006