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John J. Lombardi
Word was grim the last couple of days. And now it's official: Providence City Councilman Miguel Luna has died. Mayor Angel Taveras and the City...
| August 18, 2011
Time for Balbina Young
A time, tonight, for former Providence City Councilwoman Balbina Young, the first black woman elected to the panel. A former social worker and administrator of...
| May 06, 2011
Solomon Claims Votes for Council Presidency
Providence City Councilman Michael Solomon says he has the votes to ascend to the City Council presidency, with Seth Yurdin as majority leader. The announcement...
| September 20, 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.
| July 09, 2010
Wood Leaves Door Open for Return to Politics
Providence City Councilman Cliff Wood, who has decided not to run for re-election, says he will keep the door open to a return to politics....
| June 29, 2010
Representative Patrick J. Kennedy's campaigns were always about something far larger than Rhode Island's First Congressional District, which snakes from Burrillville down through the Blackstone Valley and into Newport.
Kennedy's exit rewrites the political game book.
| February 19, 2010
Providence City Council Gets In on Minors Stripping Debate
Really no downside on this one. Expect more outrage from on high. Here's the press release from City Hall: Councilman Michael Solomon, Chairman of the...
| July 23, 2009
Lombardi Goes Obama on Us
Providence City Councilman and probable mayoral candidate John J. Lombardi's web site is up and runn...
| June 24, 2009
Lombardi to Launch Campaign Site
Providence City Councilman John J. Lombardi, in another sign of his probable mayoral candidacy, is l...
| June 23, 2009
Cicilline Hits Airwaves on Firefighter Fight
Providence Mayor David Cicilline's campaign has launched a radio ad amid the storm over the firefigh...
| June 09, 2009
Cicilline Makes the Most of a Sullied Event
A press conference this morning designed to preview the upcoming US Mayor's Conference devolved, pre...
| June 08, 2009
The "P" Lives On
Oh, it's not over. Weeks after talk radio finished beating on Mayor David Cicilline for the "P" - yo...
| May 08, 2009
Picaresque journey: 30 years in Rhode Island
Hard though it might be to believe, some things in Rhode Island actually do change.
What we mostly want is a low-number license plate
| October 23, 2008
Segal and Fierro lead the way for the General Assembly
As Rhode Islanders go to the polls for a primary election next Tuesday, September 9, there are some key votes to be made for progressive legislators.
| September 01, 2008
A field guide to activism in Rhode Island
If you’re interested in becoming an agent of change, identify a cause close to your heart and connect with one of the groups working on it.
Issues + organizing = real-world experience
| August 27, 2008
The General Assembly mulling a flat-broke state and a gambling joint gone bust. Now there’s a Biggest Little match made in heaven.
Halitosis Hall offered chance to play high-stakes shell game
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| June 18, 2008
Ten-5 plan for Providence City Council sparks sharp debate
Critics react to the plan to reformulate the Providence City Council.
Ten-5 plan for Providence City Council sparks sharp debate
| May 21, 2008
New push: add at-large seats to Providence City Council
In the ward-based politics of the Providence City Council, it’s the rare councilor who publicly criticizes anything beyond the confines of his or her own turf.
| May 14, 2008
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
| April 10, 2008
The Green Party’s 2008 vice presidential candidate is an articulate juggernaut of personality: Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry.
Curry carries the VP banner for the Greens
| November 08, 2007
The hippest guy in state government
The idiosyncratic crowd indicated just how different this event was from your standard legislative money-maker.
State Rep David Segal brings some youthful cool to the general assembly
| September 26, 2007
Think of it as speed dating the US Constitution.
Perishable’s probing Constitutional
| February 20, 2007
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?
| February 01, 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
| December 20, 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?
| October 18, 2006
Toste and Jabour duke it out in District 5
Although Providence city councilor David Segal — the only Green Party member to win election in Rhode Island — became a Democrat to pursue a seat in the House of Representatives, Jeff Toste is maintaining his Green identification while making his third b
| October 11, 2006
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
| September 27, 2006
The Republican primary for US Senate is, in many ways, a fight between the GOP of past and present.
Chafee and Whitehouse for us senate; Roberts and de Ramel for state offices; plus, Langevin, the general assembly, and the Providence city council
PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF
| September 07, 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
| August 29, 2006
The blacks try to get back in the game
If ever there were a golden opportunity to increase black political representation in Rhode Island, it would be this fall’s City Council elections in Providence, home to the largest black community in the state.
Increased political organizing is targeted after years of lethargy
| August 18, 2006
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