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What now?

Representative Patrick J. Kennedy's campaigns were always about something far larger than Rhode Island's First Congressional District, which snakes from Burrillville down through the Blackstone Valley and into Newport.
Kennedy's exit rewrites the political game book.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 19, 2010

Onward, Christian governor!

It's nice to see Governor Don "Laughing Boy" Carcieri loosening up by sharing the real Donnie Boy with the people of Vo Dilun. Initially (certainly in his first campaign for governor in 2002) Don tried to come across as a moderate conservative, not unlik
Carcieri gets "loose"; plus, farewell to Tedy, and mind-boggling Bush
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  September 04, 2009

Our Pazmanian Devil

Phillipe and Jorge often think of how nice it would have been if Warren Zevon's "Boom Boom Mancini" ("Hurry home early, hurry on home/Boom-Boom Mancini's fighting Bobby Chacon") had been about local boxer Vinny Paz, nee Pazienza.
Vinny's early days. Plus, a lame land grab, and more budget madness.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 26, 2009
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Health-care's big moneyman in New England

Lifespan CEO George Vecchione's compensation is tops in the region
Lifespan CEO George Vecchione's compensation is tops in the region
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  February 11, 2009

Carcieri pushes for Medicaid waiver

With the impact disputed, Carcieri pushes for his Medicaid waiver.
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 15, 2009

With the impact disputed, Carcieri pushes for his Medicaid waiver

There's a certain audacity to Governor Carcieri's drive to put a global Medicaid waiver in place in Rhode Island.
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 14, 2009


It's not OK with us

The utter arrogance of the CEOs of the Big Three auto companies was on full display last week when it was pointed out that they came to Washington with their hats in hand for a bailout by flying in on their individual corporate jets.
Those arrogant US auto execs need a major comeuppance
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 25, 2008

Girl power at Halitosis Hall

Phillipe + Jorge have always been strong supporters of state Senator Teresa Paiva Weed, the presumptive (God, do we hate that word) new Senate president.
Paiva Weed to reach lofty height in old boys' club
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 12, 2008

RI ’08: Prelude to 2010

During a national election season in which “change” remains the dominant motif, Rhode Island politics is locked in a holding pattern marked by a Democratic stranglehold on state and federal offices.
In a national year of change, stasis is likely to prevail at the General Assembly
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 29, 2008
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Financial fallout

The current US financial disaster will roil Massachusetts residents in myriad ways.  
The devastating wall street crisis has a potential silver lining — if you’re a Massachusetts politician looking for a foothold
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 08, 2008
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Silence of the lambs

In case you are late to the game, boys and girls, five people control what goes on at the State House, although Governor Carcieri is occasionally allowed to offer his two cents.
Smith Hill takes the budget blues out on the vulnerable
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 25, 2008


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Plan languishes for garage at Garrahy courthouse

The Providence Foundation and some other boosters have been championing a plan to create a multi-story parking garage behind the Garrahy Judicial Complex in downtown Providence.
Parking Wars
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 18, 2008
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Can’t anybody here play this game?

The need to reinvent Rhode Island’s economic infrastructure — which remains anemic compared with most of its neighbors in New England — is more urgent than ever.
Rhode Island remains trapped between economic distress and missed opportunities
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 21, 2008
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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
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The year of impending doom

This hardy old New England state should be able to cope with a little snow, right? Not so much...
A softening economy and the $450 million state deficit point to a painful 2008
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 19, 2007
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How screwed are we?

At a time when most state budgets are flush with surpluses, Rhode Island’s fiscal house remains in disrepair.
Elected officials and pundits offer their take on rhode island’s budget predicament
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 28, 2007


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It’s a bleak budget season — with no relief in sight

The reams of paper pouring from industrial-strength copying machines at the State House were still warm to the touch as they were distributed to a packed hearing room.
Talking politics
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  June 12, 2007
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How high can Gordon Fox go?

Although House Majority Leader Gordon D. Fox considers himself a Red Sox fan, he hopes the Yankees win the World Series this year.
The progressive practices a balancing act in the socially conservative RI legislature
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 09, 2007
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Rhode Island at a crossroads

Among the hundred young people at a recent State House rally was a 17-year-old high school student, who could find himself in one of two places — either in college or homeless — a year from now.
This year’s budget could signal a major shift in the state’s underlying principles
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  April 25, 2007
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Advocates cite concern on bill for civil unions

In the aftermath of Valentine’s Day, leaders of Rhode Island’s same-sex marriage movement are concerned that new legislation could prevent the eventual granting of full marriage rights for gays and lesbians.
Equal Rights
By PETER IAN ASEN  |  February 14, 2007
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Can RI back away from the war on drugs?

When Rhode island voters narrowly approved a measure last November to allow felons on probation to vote, it marked an important step away from the kind of supposedly “tough on crime” policies that have long typified American criminal justice policy.
Deficits and prison crowding propel the search for a more effective approach
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 24, 2007


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RI politicians seem helpless to stem gas price surge

The worry marks lining politicians’ faces in Rhode Island are getting deeper as gasoline prices keep climbing, and the public seeks a quick fix — or at least someone to blame for the problem.
Energy crunch
By RICHARD C. LEWIS  |  May 17, 2006
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HIV safety net in jeopardy

The 4000 Rhode Islanders living with HIV were on the mind of Dr. David Gifford when he went to Governor Donald L. Carcieri, and then the House Finance Committee, in late 2005 and early this year, with hat in hand.
Management gaffes and rising costs imperil support services for Rhode Island’s federally funded program
By BETH SCHWARTZAPFEL  |  May 11, 2006