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Super Tuesday: Pretty much as expected

Talking politics
Things turned out more or less as anticipated: John McCain bolstered his frontrunner status on the Republican side, and dueling Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will keep fighting.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  February 06, 2008


Sisyphus, the Dems, ’Gansett, and the Sox

Not for nothing
University of Rhode Island economics professor Leonard Lardaro has joined an evocative phrase to describe the state’s seemingly perpetual budget problems: Rhode Island and Sisyphus Plantations.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  January 30, 2008


Patrick Lynch goes for broke

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


Carcieri and his pals: much ado about nothing?

Talking Politics
“There are no relationships.”
By: IAN DONNIS  |  January 23, 2008


Developer wastes no time in targeting Providence Fruit warehouse

A decade ago, the area extending west from downtown Providence embodied the grit of this old industry city.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  January 16, 2008

State for sale

A modest proposal for Rhode Island prosperity (with apologies to Jonathan Swift)
Now is hardly the time for half-measures or conventional and narrow-minded thinking.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  January 09, 2008


Providence city solicitor organizes for AG run in 2010

Talking politics
While Rhode Island’s statewide election in 2010 remains more than 30 months away, we can expect to see a heightened level of organizing among potential candidates in 2008.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  January 02, 2008

The ProJo and the Providence Newspaper Guild

As the ProJo turns
The Providence Journal and the Providence Newspaper Guild reached agreement December 20 on a new three-year contract.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  December 26, 2007


The year of impending doom

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


Snow debacle reveals pettiness of partisan divide

Talking politics
It’s pretty silly when clashing party affiliations get in the way of informing the public.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  December 19, 2007


Hungry at the Holiday

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank battles a worsening hunger problem
Most of the food banks and soup kitchens across the United States emerged during the so-called Reagan recession of the early 1980s.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  December 12, 2007


Maguire’s move to DC a blow for RI GOP

Talking politics
Spencer Maguire, who mounted an aggressive Republican challenge to state Representative Ray Gallison (D-Bristol) in 2006, has taken a job in Washington, DC.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  December 12, 2007

Smooth sailing

Unlike ’99, Guild and management are poised for new contract
With the current Guild contract due to expire at the end of this month, union officials believe that a new three-year pact will be settled imminently.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  December 05, 2007


The ProJo's brave new world

Will going super-local on the Web strengthen the paper?
The Providence Journal is turning to an unlikely source — high school football — for help.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  December 05, 2007


News from not for nothing

Best of the blog
During his time on Boston’s WBUR, Christopher Lydon’s The Connection had a number of listeners in Rhode Island.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  November 28, 2007


Conservative group lands Norquist for fundraiser

Talking politics
Grover Norquist is probably best known for saying, “My goal is to cut government in half in 25 years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.”
By: IAN DONNIS  |  November 19, 2007


Why RI Republicans fail

Quick to blame Democrats, the local GOP can’t seem to find candidates or a long-term plan of its own
Providence Journal op-ed columnist Edward Achorn has made repeated reference to the apparent “learned helplessness” of Rhode Islanders.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  November 14, 2007


Buy Nothing Day goes statewide next week

Good deeds
The local version of Buy Nothing Day, the annual winter coat exchange, will have its most ambitious approach during its 11th incarnation next week.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  November 14, 2007


Alternative Politics

Curry carries the VP banner for the Greens
The Green Party’s 2008 vice presidential candidate is an articulate juggernaut of personality: Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  November 08, 2007


Green local heroes

Ten people and organizations highlighting Rhode Island’s environmental vanguard 
Decades after the birth of the modern environmental movement, the US and other nations are still struggling to come to terms with humanity’s impact on the planet.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  November 07, 2007


Carcieri goes for his cuts

The Governor on his cost-reduction plan, the casino threat, and more
Carcieri seems to find motivation in things like a handwritten note sent by an elderly telephone company retiree, exhorting him to cut state spending.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  October 24, 2007

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