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Patrick Lynch’s labor problem

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

How much do lobbyists pay to get their way?

In 2008, corporations spent more than $3 million to hire lobbyists to protect their interests at the Rhode Island State House.
Special interests are big spenders at the State House
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  March 18, 2009

Progressive union coalition gathers in Providence

If there was an “intelligent designer” who could design a coalition to unify the disparate, passionate elements of the American left, the result would resemble Jobs with Justice (JwJ).
Annals of labor
By MATT JERZYK  |  May 08, 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

A win-wind situation

It’s a pretty rare day when lobbyists, environmentalists, and labor officials are all happy about supporting the same legislation.
Renewable energy’s promise is a bright spot amid the state’s deficit gloom
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 26, 2008

FairVote RI targets teen pre-registration

With the General Assembly’s 2008 session underway, FairVote Rhode Island has resumed the fight for the main issue on its agenda: advance voter registration for 16- and 17-year-olds.
Youth vote
By JESSICA KERRY  |  January 25, 2008


State house stalemate

Many Rhode Islanders take an almost visceral delight in those occasions when a state worker is shown to be goofing off on the public’s dime.
Carcieri takes another run at cutting state workers, but the outlook is murky
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 12, 2007

Can the Wobblies deliver?

A sense of taking it to the Man was in the air as some 200-plus supporters of Alexandra Svoboda rallied last Sunday afternoon.
The long-dormant IWW raises its profile in Rhode Island
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 29, 2007

The ProJo’s power behind the throne

Mark T. Ryan is a man of many descriptions.
Mark Ryan exemplifies the changes during 10 years of Belo’s ownership
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 28, 2007

Last Republican standing

Last year, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian made a very smart decision by standing pat.
Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian is a rare bright spot for the RI GOP
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 07, 2007