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Obama for president

Plus, Reed for Senate, Kennedy and Langevin for US House, and choices for State Senate, House, and more
The Phoenix endorses Barack Obama for President and Joe Biden for Vice President.

30 on 30

30 local luminaries look back on 30 years of the New Paper and the Providence Phoenix
The Providence Phoenix celebrates 30 years with 30 interviews  
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 24, 2008

The Quiet Power of Jack Reed

Without seeking the spotlight, the senator and his star continue to rise
As he closes out his second six-year term in the Senate, perhaps the most elite club in politics, Reed is the subject of ongoing speculation about his future.
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 13, 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

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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

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

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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

Rhode Island’s billion-dollar man

Lawyer Jack McConnell took the fight to the lead paint industry
Jack McConnell grew up in modest circumstances.
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  February 28, 2007

Déjà vu all over again for RI GOP

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

Separated at birth

The partisan difference is the big thing dividing Chafee and whitehouse   
Six years ago, when Lincoln Chafee won the US Senate seat to which he’d been appointed after his father’s death, it wouldn’t have been surprising if Sheldon Whitehouse approached him during the victory celebration at Providence Marriott to offer his congratulations.
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 25, 2006

A progressive guide to ballot questions

Voters can back affordable housing and voting for Freed Felons
In December 2001, the Reverend Duane Clinker and three other ministers were arrested at the State House while protesting growing homelessness and cuts to funding for affordable housing.
By MATTHEW JERZYK  |  October 25, 2006

The road to November

Two big questions highlight the run-up to RI’s general elections  
For all the unusual drama of Lincoln Chafee and Stephen P. Laffey’s GOP Senate primary gunfight, it was politics as usual that helped Chafee to score what many considered an unexpectedly decisive win.
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 20, 2006

Aided by his name and the national GOP, Chafee beats back Laffey

Talking politics
Chafee attributed his 54-46 percent victory over Cranston Mayor Stephen P. Laffey to “a grassroots effort like Rhode Island has never seen.”
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 13, 2006

The Milquetoast and the Blowhard

Rhode Island’s Shakespearean Senate battle
Now is not the time for Lincoln Chafee to be timid.
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 08, 2006

Laffey attacks from the center

The Cranston conservative needs to broaden his support if he’s going to oust Chafee
When Cranston Mayor Stephen P. Laffey announced last week that he didn’t even want the state Republican Party’s endorsement it marked a textbook move in the upstart’s stiff Republican primary challenge to US Senator Lincoln Chafee.
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 11, 2006

Advantage: Whitehouse

The Democrat has the best shot in years to claim ‘the Chafee seat’ from the GOP
It was just one more in a steady stream of campaign stops, efforts that might land Sheldon Whitehouse six months from now in the most exclusive club in the nation.
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 03, 2006

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