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State House status

In a purportedly liberal state, the Rhode Island General Assembly has a stubbornly conservative bent. But can progressive politics make a dent in 2010?
Rhode Island voters, for all their supposed insularity, are an increasingly progressive bunch.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 12, 2009
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Lynch's bumpy road

Nothing unusual here
There is nothing all that unusual about Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch's now well-publicized travels to New Orleans, San Francisco, and other far-flung locales. Just the networking and fundraising forays of a pol gearing up for a gubernatorial run.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 05, 2009

Gubernatorial agonistes

Caprio makes a big move. Plus, reasons to block the LNG terminal
On Tuesday, WRNI political reporter and former Phoenix news editor and master of the Casa Diablo elbow bend, Ian Donnis, broke the news that veteran political communications specialist, Bill Fischer, head ramrod at True North Communications, had signed on as spokesman for the State Treasurer Frank Caprio's gubernatorial campaign committee.
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 05, 2009

The 12th Annual Muzzle Awards

A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England.
With the era of repression and secrecy fostered by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney finally over, this should be the best of times for freedom of expression, open government, and civil liberties. Yet change comes slowly.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2009

Eyes on the prize

Hold on, Linc Chafee! Dems Frank Caprio, Patrick Lynch, and Elizabeth Roberts would also like to be governor in 2010
We interrupt the Lincoln Chafee buzz fest to bring you this little nugget of news: there are a few Democrats who'd like to be governor, too.  
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 22, 2009

Fountain Street death watch

Plus losing a real-deal reporter, mercurial gubernatorials, and doing the right thing (or not)
At Casa Diablo we believe all the changes at the Other Paper — layoffs, cutbacks, newsstand and subscription price hikes — not only doom Our Little Towne's daily but are meant to do so.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 18, 2009

A Fighting Spirit

Laughing to keep from crying at the Projo's follies
The funniest Providence Newspaper Guild's annual Follies of all time.
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  March 04, 2009

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 20, 2009

It’s all relative

PC’s madcap Charley’s Aunt
There is something especially fascinating about a play that you know knocked the socks (or sandals) off its original audiences.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 29, 2008

RI ’08: Prelude to 2010

In a national year of change, stasis is likely to prevail at the General Assembly
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.
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 31, 2008

Are you paying too much for your heating bill?

Critics charge that lax regulation is inflating utility costs in Rhode Island
As winter approaches and energy prices rise worldwide, Rhode Islanders will wince when they open their monthly bills for electricity and natural gas.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  September 10, 2008

Injured Wobbly awaits trial for resisting arrest

Annals of labor
One year after North Providence police severely injured Alexandra Svoboda during a demonstration, she awaits a fifth knee surgery and a trial for resisting arrest.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  July 23, 2008

Cicilline: A go or no for governor?

His rough patch shows how the mayor’s office remains a tricky launching pad
Call it a case of art imitating life.
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 09, 2008

Lynch sides with Bush in opposing shield law

Talking Politics
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.
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 09, 2008

Chafee for governor?

Running as an independent, he could thumb his nose at the worst of both parties
For now, Lincoln Chafee has the luxury of discussing his political future as a riddle wrapped up in an enigma.
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 10, 2008

Court and spark

Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium’s lively Figaro
Theater productions sometimes go to great pains (often ours) to make a period play relevant to modern audiences.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 05, 2008

The battle of the smallest state

The Rhode Island wields a rare impact as Clinton and Obama go head to head
Clinton bathed in the intense affection of an adoring crowd, her every statement punctuated by wild applause, chants, and a rising sea of blue signs touting her campaign.
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 29, 2008

The Station’s long shadow

Five years on, getting by remains a day-to-day challenge for some of those touched by the fire
For most Rhode Islanders, the Station nightclub conflagration — the worst disaster in the state since the hurricane of 1938 — is like a receding object in a rearview mirror.
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 20, 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

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 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

Memory Lane time for Leo’s

Old-line Providence hipsters to regroup over hard stuff
There is certain to be a run on Botox injections, Grecian Formula, and William Shatner rubber corsets.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 19, 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

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

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

Screwing the youth

When the budget gets tight, young people become an easy target  
Wole Akinbi was 16 when someone phoned to say his best friend had been shot.
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  August 20, 2007

Evil genius

“Big Time” Cheney is completely shameless
You’ve got to hand it to Dick Cheney, vice president and fictional MAXIMUM RULER OF THE UNIVERSE.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 27, 2007

Residents push for compromise on Armory District ball field

Can baseball enthusiasts and dog walkers get along while sharing the Dexter Training Ground in Providence’s Armory District?
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 02, 2007

Projo editor says the full Station story will never be told

Will the full story of the 2003 Station nightclub fire ever be told?
By BRAIN C. JONES  |  March 21, 2007

Lowering the bar

New standards for lawyers? We don’t need no stinkin’ standards!
Here’s a bit of information for those of you who have recently arrived on Planet Earth: people don’t like lawyers.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 07, 2007

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