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The best money can buy

Much attention being paid this week to Secretary of State Ralph Mollis's push to open a visitors center and gift shop at the State House, and Phillipe and Jorge are right on board with the idea — passed along to Ralphie Boy by the governor's office.
Cool, Cool World
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 23, 2012

The dashing pirate of Providence

Casey Dorman of Providence was walking to work on the stone wharfs of Rockport, Massachusetts one day this summer when he crossed paths with Johnny Depp, fresh off another box-office conquest as Captain Jack Sparrow in the latest of the Pirates of the
Urban swashbuckler
By MALCOLM BURNLEY  |  September 02, 2011
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Three wicked freakin' awesome free festivals

July is upon us, and Providence is about to ratchet up the al fresco action with an outdoor music festival season sure to satisfy freaks and families alike.
Rockin’ the nice price
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 01, 2011
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General Assembly turns a cold shoulder on the homeless

Rhode Island's itty-bittyness is, of course, a handicap from time to time. But it is also a source of opportunity.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 24, 2011
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Will the Catholic Church kill gay marriage?

Rhode Island’s gay marriage moment has finally arrived. And the Catholic Church just might kill it.
Inside the high-stakes battle over same-sex nuptials in Rhode Island
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 25, 2011
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Chafee makes his mark on education reform

The State House was mostly empty Tuesday afternoon, as the snow dropped cold and wet outside. So the crowd was rather modest as Governor Lincoln Chafee walked into the ornate State Room, just outside his office, to announce four new picks for the nine-m
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 04, 2011


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Who wins? Who loses?

Quick question: who won the Rhode Island elections in November?
What special interests will be served -- or ignored -- under the new regime?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 31, 2010
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An education funding formula, hailed as a breakthrough, faces its critics

For years, Rhode Island was one of just two states in the union without a funding formula for its public schools. And then, for a time, it was the only state with that dubious dis-tinction.
Fuzzy math
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 25, 2010

Knowing no shame

The recent rush to adjourn the 2010 General Assembly session on the arbitrary date of June 10 was an affront to the Rhode Island citizenry and a low mark for the state’s politicians.
The disgraceful General Assembly; hail, do-gooders; and a plea for ProHo
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 18, 2010
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Making waves

Rhode Island’s upstart National Public Radio affiliate, WRNI, aims to be nothing less than a major media player here. And in the space of just a couple of years, the station has taken some impressive first steps.
Can WRNI supplant the ProJo as the state’s news king?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 11, 2010
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How Rhode Island can eliminate homelessness

Making it a reality is a matter of political will.
The concept is as simple as it is radical: give the homeless a place to live, with no strings attached
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 14, 2010


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She blowed up good

File this one under either: “Too much coffee this morning, dear?” or “I told you not to hit the ‘Send’ button!”
Kempe goes ballistic. Plus, global greed, and jockeying for electoral position
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 07, 2010
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Our Local Heroes(1)

In the 13th annual edition of the Providence Phoenix’s Best issue, we highlight people and organizations who are doing exceptionally good work.
We are all in their debt
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 16, 2010
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The first Latino mayor?

Until recently, to talk about Angel Taveras was to talk about the future.
Angel Taveras’s moment suddenly arrives
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 16, 2010
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Down ballot drama

The race for governor and the scramble to replace retiring Representative Patrick J. Kennedy have obsessed Rhode Island's chattering class. But all the talk has obscured an intriguing set of "down ballot" races for lieutenant governor, attorney general,
Important races to watch in '10
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 12, 2010
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Does Scott Brown’s victory mean doom for RI Democrats?

Republican Scott Brown's stunning victory this week in the race for the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat in Massachusetts has created something approaching panic in the ranks of Congressional Democrats.
Fallout
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 22, 2010


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What’s next for Cicilline?

Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline rode into office seven years ago as the fresh-faced anti-Buddy. Bleach for a soiled City Hall.
After a couple of tough years — and some jabs from Buddy — how bright is his political future?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 22, 2010
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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
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A split atop the RI Tea Party

The Rhode Island Tea Party, a right-wing assemblage best known for its tax day rally against government spending on the State House steps, was until recently run by three women — Colleen Conley, Marina Peterson and, to a lesser degree, Nan Hayden. But n
Tea Time
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 25, 2009
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Worth the gamble?

Just three years after Rhode Island voters killed plans for a full-scale, Vegas-style casino, big-time gambling is in the cards again.
A push for full-scale Vegas-style casinos is in the cards again. Can poker and craps save a state in freefall?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 18, 2009
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Thanks for nothing!

We'd like to be thankful, we really would. Change came to Washington this year and the Mad Men returned.
In our first annual list of Rhode Island turkeys, the Phoenix fingers 10 people and institutions that made a bad year even worse
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 24, 2009


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Can the Rhode Island tea party brew a revolution?

The Rhode Island Tea Party, local wing of the national uprising against all things Obama, has some reason for hope.
 The movement strives to be a coherent force for change. But is it just blowing steam?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 23, 2009
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State House status

Rhode Island voters, for all their supposed insularity, are an increasingly progressive bunch.
In a purportedly liberal state, the Rhode Island General Assembly has a stubbornly conservative bent. But can progressive politics make a dent in 2010?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 14, 2009
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Hail, Deer Tick!

Heady days for Deer Tick.
The Providence rockers are poised for a breakthrough with Born On Flag Day
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 19, 2009
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Is the party over for the GOP in RI?

In a state known for its political obsessions, there is remarkably little in the way of rabid protest here.
A disastrous election in '08. A depleted war chest. Dismal approval ratings for the outgoing governor. Yet the faithful see hope for a Republican revival
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 15, 2009
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Eyes on the prize

We interrupt the Lincoln Chafee buzz fest to bring you this little nugget of news: there are a few Democrats who'd like to be governor, too.  
Hold on, Linc Chafee! Dems Frank Caprio, Patrick Lynch, and Elizabeth Roberts would also like to be governor in 2010
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 24, 2009


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Our local heroes

Working behind the scenes
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By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ and DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 17, 2009
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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
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The year the crap hit the fan

For a good metaphor of the year experienced by Rhode Island in 2008, consider the economic-development summit called by Governor Carcieri in November.
RI political mediocrity couldn't compare with the excesses of the fiscal meltdown
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 23, 2008
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30 on 30

The Providence Phoenix celebrates 30 years with 30 interviews  
30 local luminaries look back on 30 years of the New Paper and the Providence Phoenix
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2008