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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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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

The ubiquitous Scott Duhamel

Saturday morning breakfast as Casa Diablo over the years has changed considerably.
He’s everywhere! Plus, a new jewel in Cvanston, BeloJo notes, and more.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  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

Battle over open space in North Providence

Will the last large piece of open space in North Providence turn into the site of 47 single family homes? That decision currently rests with the Rhode Island General Assembly and the Rhode Island Supreme Court. The outcome could jeopardize open space p
Real estate
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  May 29, 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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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
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Voter apathy remains a primary staple

The big story from Tuesday’s primary election, understandably enough, was the seeming upset by Michael J. Pinga of state Senator Stephen D. Alves.
Talking Politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 11, 2008
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Why care for me, but not poor RI kids?

On weekdays this spring, I’ve been driving from my home in Newport to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, where I lie under a fabulous machine that’s saving my life.
Priorities
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  May 08, 2008
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The hippest guy in state government

The idiosyncratic crowd indicated just how different this event was from your standard legislative money-maker.
State Rep David Segal brings some youthful cool to the general assembly
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 26, 2007
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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


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Can Carcieri deliver a reduction in the state workforce?

With Carcieri moving toward lame-duck status, the General Assembly remains the wild card.
Talking politics
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 01, 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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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
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The brain drain

Rhode Island is lucky to have Kipp Bradford.
Rhode island needs a more robust economy to retain the young and the educated
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 15, 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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Got Members?

Post-9/11 Rhode Island has only one state Emergency Management board, while a 1995 statutory commission to examine workplace sexual harassment remains inactive.  
RI is overrun by archaic boards and commissions
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  January 31, 2007
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How will speaker Murphy use his power?

It was no big surprise when House Speaker William J. Murphy recently presented his wife, Stacey, with a bunch of roses — as thanks, he said, for the nights he had missed dinner while working late at the State House.
A brain drain, looming deficits, and other challenges await solutions
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 10, 2007
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Carcieri’s challenges

As Governor Donald L. Carcieri celebrated his 64th birthday on December 16, he could take satisfaction in any number of things.
The governor faces a tougher political landscape in his second term
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 27, 2006
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Rhode Island in ’06: same as it ever was

Imagine a year when the Narragansett Indians were energetically pitching a casino, cynical Rhode Islanders had plenty of reason to reinforce their jaundiced views, and state house Democrats maintained the upper hand over hapless Republican opponents with
Democrats on top, a casino quest, and a dose of corruption
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 20, 2006
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Déjà vu all over again for RI GOP

Lincoln Chafee should be the next head of the Rhode Island Republican Party.
Carcieri faces failure in having fostered a real two-party system
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 15, 2006


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Thousands of Rhode Islanders lack heat every winter

There are many rites that mark the beginning of winter in Rhode Island.
Mean season
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  November 08, 2006
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Campaign winners and sinners

It’s almost all over but the counting.
A pre-election dissection of the tasty, the terrible, and the in-between
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 01, 2006
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The battle of Rhode Island

Heading into the home stretch of the 2006 gubernatorial race, Lieutenant Governor Charles Fogarty has cause for hope and reason for concern.
Fogarty and Carcieri sharpen their competing visions for the state
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 18, 2006
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Is Rhode Island still a state for sale?

As the star witness of federal prosecutors, former state senator John Celona of North Providence has sang chapter and verse about his arrogant, shameless, and corrupt dealings while having worked for an affiliate of Roger Williams Medical Center.
The shoe yet to drop is the extent of private sector responsibility
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 27, 2006
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Down to the wire

So will Cranston Mayor Stephen P. Laffey prove the ascending dragon-slayer who knocks off US Senator Lincoln Chafee, a favorite target of conservatives everywhere, or will the herky-jerky heir to one of the best brand names in Ocean State politics repel
Will Chafee or Laffey emerge victorious? Plus, Rhode Island’s other top primary races
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 06, 2006


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Champions of the status quo

Although the flameout in April of Matt Brown’s US Senate bid was the most prominent example, he’s hardly been the only Rhode Island candidate to run into a campaign finance-related hassle this year.
Protecting incumbents takes precedence over a reform that could diminish the influence of money in Rhode Island politics  
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 26, 2006
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Caprios on the rise

Like professional athletes employing a well-worn phrase — the familiar expression about focusing on the task at hand and not looking too far ahead — brothers Frank T. Caprio and David A. Caprio strike the same muted tone in separately discussing their re
Frank and David Caprio could challenge the Lynches as Rhode Island’s leading political family
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 02, 2006

Hunting with Cheney

That Dick “Sure Shot” Cheney lacked a necessary stamp for shooting quail when he accidentally plugged one of his hunting buddies sounds about right.
It’s no surprise that “Big Time” poses a danger to others
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 16, 2006
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The long wait for gay marriage

Justice Brown-Duso is an outspoken nine-year-old with a big smile.
Although Rhode Island offers a hospitable home to gays and lesbians, equality remains elusive
By BETH SCHWARTZAPFEL  |  February 15, 2006