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Rabble-rousers, re-enactors, and the New World Order

The Inauguration
Charles Picerno, a disheveled rabble-rouser, stands at the back of the crowd while Lincoln Chafee is inaugurated as the state's 58th governor.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 05, 2011

Why Lincoln Chafee deserves your vote

A man of expansive yet commonsensical vision, with a rare political courage
Many Rhode Islanders are still undecided about the governor's race. Until this week, the Phoenix , too, was torn.
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 27, 2010

Caprio's Clinton fixation

The gubernatorial hopeful is running an ‘It’s The Economy, Stupid’ campaign. But will the centrist approach work in a liberal-leaning state?
It was the highlight of Democrat Frank Caprio's bid for governor: an endorsement by Bill Clinton before an enormous American flag at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 20, 2010

David Cicilline for Congress

Plus, Taveras for mayor of Providence, and Fernandez for attorney general
All elections are important, of course. But Rhode Island voters have a rare opportunity this fall to remake the state’s political hierarchy in sweeping fashion.
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 08, 2010

An angry electorate? Eh, whatever

Dud Dept.
Whither the rage? Rhode Island's Great Recession — greater, even, than the national model — was supposed to conjure a once-in-a-generation anti-incumbent fever. But so far, it's looking more like a modest headache.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 18, 2010

The Democrats' ambitious new chairman

Party time
Last month, just a few weeks removed from his long-held post as chairman of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, Bill Lynch walked into the party’s convention as a Congressional candidate and didn’t come close to securing the endorsement.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 21, 2010

Down ballot drama

Important races to watch in '10
The race for governor and the scramble to replace retiring Representative Patrick J. Kennedy have obsessed Rhode Island's chattering class. But all the talk has obscured an intriguing set of "down ballot" races for lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer, and secretary of state.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 10, 2010

What now?

Kennedy's exit rewrites the political game book.
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.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 17, 2010

What’s next for Cicilline?

After a couple of tough years — and some jabs from Buddy — how bright is his political future?
Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline rode into office seven years ago as the fresh-faced anti-Buddy. Bleach for a soiled City Hall.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 21, 2010

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Can 'solar as service' work in Rhode Island?

A bright idea
As Alteris Renewables sees it, this is the game-changer.
By MARION DAVIS  |  April 29, 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

Equal rites?

Why has Rhode Island lagged behind the rest of New England on same-sex marriage legislation?
New England has made a pretty good case, in recent years, for America's capital of queer. 
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 08, 2009

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The year the crap hit the fan

RI political mediocrity couldn't compare with the excesses of the fiscal meltdown
For a good metaphor of the year experienced by Rhode Island in 2008, consider the economic-development summit called by Governor Carcieri in November.
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 24, 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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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

Last Republican standing

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian is a rare bright spot for the RI GOP
Last year, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian made a very smart decision by standing pat.
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 07, 2007

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Perishable’s probing Constitutional
Think of it as speed dating the US Constitution.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 20, 2007

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