Sheldon Whitehouse

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New kids on the block

Though he spent a stint as executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation under Governor Lincoln "Missing Linc" Almond, Marcel Valois — the newly named head ramrod of the beleaguered EDC — is hardly a household name in The Bigges
Congrats to Marcel and Karen; reading with Sheldon; farewell, Jonathan
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 19, 2013

Liberal warrior

When it comes to his signature issues — climate change, campaign finance reform, tax fairness — Whitehouse makes little secret of his approach: marshal the facts, hammer the Republicans, and embarrass them into action.
Sheldon Whitehouse is attacking the obstructionist GOP head-on. Will it work?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 12, 2013

Q&A: On climate change, it’s Sheldon Whitehouse v. Washington

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has taken a lead role in one of Washington's most important — and intractable — public policy fights: reining in climate change.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 15, 2013

Approaching the ‘fiscal cliff’

The political class may be focused on the presidential race and the fight for control of Congress. But an enormously intriguing — and consequential — tilt lingers on the other side the election.
The Next Fight
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 15, 2012

Making the ‘Buffett Rule’ LAW

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has received plenty of ink for his "Buffett Rule" legislation, named after billionaire investor Warren Buffett.
Tax Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 17, 2012

Reed and Whitehouse on Detainee Policy

The US Senate last week, in a vote that scrambled the usual partisan calculus, approved a controversial detainee policy - with Rhode Island Senators Jack...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 05, 2011

Whitehouse, Other Liberals Press Obama on Environment

The Obama Administration dealt environmentalists a major blow last week when it announced it was blocking an important new air pollution rule that had come under...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 07, 2011

Whitehouse Reports Nearly $800K for First Quarter

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's campaign reports that he raised $780,000 in the second quarter of the year, leaving him with $2.2 million in cash on hand. It's...
By David Scharfenberg  |  July 12, 2011

Whitehouse, Cicilline and the Budget Showdown

The high-stakes budget showdown in Washington, which has the Obama Administration and Congressional leaders working to cut a major deficit-reduction deal before the federal government...
By David Scharfenberg  |  July 08, 2011

It's Official: Netroots Nation Coming to Providence

As first reported in the Phoenix, Netroots Nation - an annual conference of influential liberal bloggers - will be coming to Providence next summer. Senator...
By David Scharfenberg  |  June 20, 2011

Netroots Nation eyes Providence (again)

Netroots Nation, an annual gathering of progressive bloggers, has become a sort of whistle stop on the lefty campaign calendar.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 03, 2011

Holder Skates Around Medical Marijuana Issue

Attorney General Eric Holder is in town today, hosted by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. And a brief press conference at the Institutue for the Study and...
By David Scharfenberg  |  June 02, 2011

Oh, Barry

Sheldon Whitehouse must be smiling. Barry Hinckley, the Republican challenging Rhode Island's junior senator, is attacking the incumbent for voting against Congressman Paul Ryan's budget,...
By David Scharfenberg  |  May 31, 2011

Cicilline on the hot seat

It's been a brutal couple of months for Providence mayor-turned-freshman Congressman David Cicilline.
But he's not cooked yet
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 29, 2011

Cicilline Raises $125,000 in First Quarter

A spokesman for David Cicilline says the freshman Congressman raised approximately $125,000 in the first quarter, and should finish with about $75,000 on hand. The figure will, inevitably, be...
By David Scharfenberg  |  April 06, 2011

PolitiFact Faces Its Conservative Critics

PolitiFact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking enterprise that began at the St. Petersburg Times and has been franchised out to a number of news organizations across the...
By David Scharfenberg  |  March 14, 2011

Gay Marriage and Polling

A new poll from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling has 50 percent of Rhode Islanders favoring same-sex marriage and 41 percent opposed. It's a good number...
By David Scharfenberg  |  February 23, 2011

How Dependent is the RI Delegation on Defense Industry Contributions?

The alleged $10 million kickback scandal involving a Rhode Island-based Navy official and defense contractor Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow (ASFT) has focused attention on campaign contributions offered up...
By David Scharfenberg  |  February 14, 2011

Reed to Leave HELP, Whitehouse Steps In

Senator Jack Reed, who serves on the Appropriations Committee, is in line to become Rhode Island's first chairman of a Senate appropriations subcommitee since John Pastore....
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 27, 2011

In the State of the Union Run-Up: Whitehouse on the Attack

Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, two years away from his re-election battle, has engaged in a deliberate effort, of late, to signal his concern for...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 25, 2011

The 2011 political forecast

The great wave election of 2010 did little to reshape Rhode Island's Congressional delegation. Neither of the state's senators faced re-election and Democrats held onto both House seats, with Congressman-elect David Cicilline replacing the retiring Patr
Getting Back To Business
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 17, 2010

In the Phoenix: TFA and the Delegation

A new issue of the Phoenix hits the stands today. And I've got pieces on Teach for America, the controversial program that recruits top-tier college...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 16, 2010

The House Dems' Dilemma

Greg Sargent at the Washington Post argues that Sheldon Whitehouse and other liberal senators who have backed President Obama's controversial tax deal with the Republicans...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 14, 2010

Carcieri: Not Ruling Out Senate Run

Governor Carcieri tells talk-radio station WPRO, in an interview to be aired next month, that he is not ruling out a run against Senator Sheldon...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 29, 2010

Whitehouse in on Liberal Alternative to Deficit Plan

 From the Huffington Post:Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) met with labor unions, seniors organizations, and liberal members of Congress Thursday afternoon to develop an alternative proposal...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 19, 2010

And on to the Whitehouse Race

Just a week removed from the 2010 election, Rhode Island's political class has already turned its attention to the 2012 races, with state GOP chairman...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 10, 2010


Nine things to watch for on Election Day

It is, perhaps, a sign of a troubling derangement. But I'll say it anyway: I'm going to miss this election season when it's over.  
Solidarity forever! Tea Party froth! Providence Rising!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 29, 2010

In Chafee we trust

In a year that finds most top-tier politicians promising jobs, jobs, and more jobs, independent gubernatorial candidate Lincoln Chafee is betting his political future on a different message: trust me.
But is trust enough in this volatile political season?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 15, 2010

Crossing the Line?

From the Associated Press - a warning from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse that Republicans may be crossing the line in their opposition to Rhode Islander Jack...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 24, 2010

Whitehouse on Cyber Security

My cover story in this week's Phoenix on cyber security quotes Congressman Jim Langevin, who has been a leading voice on the issue in the...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 03, 2010