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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


New WLNE exec formerly consulted for WJAR

Doerr downplays the significance of his coming to Channel 6 after having worked for Channel 10.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  October 24, 2007


Clash on the Providence waterfront

High-stakes battle pits competing visions for key real estate
A specter is haunting the Providence waterfront — the prospect of change.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  October 17, 2007


Art retains its power to push our buttons

Action speaks!
When a French artist submitted a signed urinal to the Society of Independent Artists, some might think that this was just another battlefront in the culture wars.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  October 17, 2007


Kramer: No one knows if Americans are overmedicated

Action speaks!
Action Speaks! its current focus on freedom with a look at the introduction of Prozac in 1987 and how it accelerated the tendency to treat mental illness with medication.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  October 10, 2007


Can even the Greatest be free of the past?

Action speaks!
Action Speaks! returns next week a focus on freedom.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  October 03, 2007


The hippest guy in state government

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


Will King have a hangover? Plus, Palangio,RI Nexus, and Chafee

Politics + media
King’s unsuccessful primary campaign featured sharp criticism of some leading legislative Democrats.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  September 26, 2007


Chafee bolts; Gudrais departs; GOP reaches out

Politics + media
Despite his characteristic candor, Linc Chafee remains a somewhat enigmatic figure.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  September 19, 2007


Recent items from Not for Nothing

Best of the blog
You didn’t have to be a genius to realize that the publication of Steve Laffey’s new book would mark his formal reemergence on Rhode Island’s political stage.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  September 12, 2007


State house stalemate

Carcieri takes another run at cutting state workers, but the outlook is murky
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.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  September 12, 2007


Recent news from Not for Nothing

Best of the blog
Speaking of dubious behavior in public office, things have been quite quiet, at least on the surface...
By: IAN DONNIS  |  September 05, 2007


Can the Wobblies deliver?

The long-dormant IWW raises its profile in Rhode Island
A sense of taking it to the Man was in the air as some 200-plus supporters of Alexandra Svoboda rallied last Sunday afternoon.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  August 29, 2007


Sierra Club brings environmental mixer to

Got Beer?
The Rhode Island chapter of the Sierra Club is bringing an appealing combination to Providence.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  August 29, 2007


IWW prepares for North Providence

Plans for a march in North Providence this Sunday by the Providence chapter of the Industrial Workers of the World and its supporters had all the makings of an ugly clash.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  August 22, 2007


The Journal wants it both ways on scrutiny of the media

As the ProJo turns
There was a bit of unintended irony in the Providence Journal ’s publication Monday of Sydney Schanberg’s spot-on op-ed piece about Rupert Murdoch.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  August 15, 2007



A Rhode Island icon sails back into the limelight  
Buddy Cianci was already making the media wait.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  August 02, 2007


Can Carcieri deliver a reduction in the state workforce?

Talking politics
With Carcieri moving toward lame-duck status, the General Assembly remains the wild card.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  August 01, 2007


Lessons of the fall

The Papitto controversy reveals some ingrained truths about race and institutions
The fall from grace of Ralph R. Papitto was remarkable in its speed and force.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  July 25, 2007


Whitehouse on Iraq, the Democratic Congress, and more

Talking politics
Whitehouse has enjoyed more than his share of attention as a freshman US senator.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  July 11, 2007


Critics slam plan to imprison juveniles at the ACI

Hard time
With the state planning to imprison some 17-year-old offenders at the Adult Correctional Institutions critics warn that the move could bring negative consequences.
By: IAN DONNIS  |  July 02, 2007

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