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Luna Dies

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...
By David Scharfenberg  |  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...
By David Scharfenberg  |  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...
By David Scharfenberg  |  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.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  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....
By David Scharfenberg  |  June 29, 2010

What now?

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.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  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...
By David Scharfenberg  |  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...
By David Scharfenberg  |  June 24, 2009

Lombardi to Launch Campaign Site

Providence City Councilman John J. Lombardi, in another sign of his probable mayoral candidacy, is l...
By David Scharfenberg  |  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...
By David Scharfenberg  |  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...
By David Scharfenberg  |  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...
By David Scharfenberg  |  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 
By IAN DONNIS  |  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.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  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
By MEGHAN GRADY  |  August 27, 2008

Twin killing

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
By 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
By IAN DONNIS  |  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.
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  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
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 10, 2008

Alternative Politics

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
By IAN DONNIS  |  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
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 26, 2007



Think of it as speed dating the US Constitution.
Perishable’s probing Constitutional
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  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?
By ERICA SAGRANS  |  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
By IAN DONNIS  |  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?
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  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
City watch
By TIM LEHNERT  |  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
By IAN DONNIS  |  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
By 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
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  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
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 18, 2006