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Getting Ugly for Cicilline

Running for higher office from the mayor's chair is always a difficult proposition. City Hall comes with baggage. That made former Mayor David Cicilline's triumph...
By David Scharfenberg  |  March 03, 2011

Taveras and a New Providence

Angel Taveras' inauguration ceremony is kicking off. The air is brisk. Spanish is heard as often as English. There is an air of the new....
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 03, 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

Patrick Lynch’s labor problem

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

Paolino: Decision Within 30 Days

Joe Paolino, the former Providence mayor who has been talking about a run against incumbent Mayor David N. Cicilline, tells N4N that he will make...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 14, 2010

Cicilline: Last Mayoral Run

Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline told N4N today that his bid for re-election this fall will be his last mayoral run. He was mum, though, about...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 14, 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

In Boston: It's Menino v. Flaherty

So much for the Phoenix's endorsement of City Councilor Sam Yoon in the Boston mayoral race. After yesterday's preliminary election, it's incumbent mayor Tom Menino...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 23, 2009

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

Anti-War Group Adds to Chorus of Concern Around Protest Registration

A group of left-leaning activist groups including the Rhode Island Mobilization Committee to Stop Wa...
By David Scharfenberg  |  June 12, 2009

Cicilline's Grip on Firefighter Fight Begins to Slip

Mayor David N. Cicilline's political home run - a high-profile spat with the firefighters over their...
By David Scharfenberg  |  June 11, 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

Firefighters Flex Muscle, Again

You've gotta hand it to 'em. The Providence firefighters know how to flex their political muscle. I...
By David Scharfenberg  |  June 05, 2009

Uncandid camera

There was an excellent piece on State House security cameras in the May 18 issue of the Urinal by the always-reliable Steve Peoples.
Turning a blind eye at the State House. Plus, the Damkoehlers hit the road
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 22, 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

Quote of the Day

From Matt, about the controversy over the Puerto Rican Festival: This story has all the makings o...
By Ian Donnis  |  July 24, 2008
Prov Library protest set for Thursday

Prov Library protest set for Thursday

 In the latest installment of the long-running debate over the future of the Providence Public ...
By Ian Donnis  |  July 22, 2008

Crunch time for Prov at-large seats

Crunch time for Prov at-large seats

  Dan Barbarisi today describes the pro and con on a proposed reformulation of the Providence ...
By Ian Donnis  |  July 20, 2008
Aponte having a time tonight

Aponte having a time tonight

  Co-host Erik Bright sends this word: I hope you can join us this Wednesday for food and d...
By Ian Donnis  |  July 16, 2008

At-large seats a tough sell in Prov

You didn't have to be a rocket scientist to realize that proponents of a reconfigured Providence Cit...
By Ian Donnis  |  July 02, 2008