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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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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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Kennedy, Catholic Church, and Politics of Compromise

US Representative Patrick Kennedy's confrontation with Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin over abortion and health-care reform has soaked up quite a bit of ink.
Reform Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 20, 2009
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Judging the Judge

After reading Sunday’s front page BeloJo story, “Support for R.I. Judge not unanimous,” your superior correspondents have to suspect that everything — absolutely everything — is thoroughly politicized.
Committee Doubting Thompson. Plus, The Bish, Rush, and more.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 30, 2009
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Equal rites?

New England has made a pretty good case, in recent years, for America's capital of queer. 
Why has Rhode Island lagged behind the rest of New England on same-sex marriage legislation?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 10, 2009

Lynch sides with Bush in opposing shield law

As he gears up for a gubernatorial run in 2010, Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch has assembled an eclectic and sometimes contrary portfolio of issue-related stances.
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 09, 2008


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Patrick Lynch goes for broke

One small basketball photo lurks inconspicuously on a far wall in the spacious South Main Street office of Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch.
In gunning for Governor, the term-limited AG has little to lose
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 23, 2008
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Bishop’s puzzlement on pro-choice Catholics is misplaced

Dogma doesn’t pay the rent, feed a hungry child, or pay for medicine; nor do arrogance, hypocrisy, or feigned bewilderment.
Clergy matters
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  January 02, 2008
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The ProJo's brave new world

The Providence Journal is turning to an unlikely source — high school football — for help.
Will going super-local on the Web strengthen the paper?
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 05, 2007
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Mass court OKs border crossings for RI same-sexers

Now that a Massachusetts judge has found that Rhode Island couples can legally marry in the Bay State, same-sex marriage proponents hope the decision will help rally their troops and enhance their case at the General Assembly in the coming year.
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By PETER IAN ASEN  |  October 04, 2006