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Liberal warrior

Sheldon Whitehouse is attacking the obstructionist GOP head-on. Will it work?
When it comes to his signature issues — climate change, campaign finance reform, tax fairness — Whitehouse makes little secret of his approach: marshal the facts, hammer the Republicans, and embarrass them into action.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 10, 2013
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Break on through

If Gina Raimondo shatters the glass ceiling in the 2014 governor's race, it may be male voters who get her there
When I spoke with Treasurer Gina Raimondo this week, I opened with the obligatory question about whether she'll run for governor. "I'm seriously considering it," she said. "But I think as you know — we've talked about it before — I have little kids: a six-year-old, an eight-year-old. I'm a mother. It's a big deal."
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 28, 2013

What is Linc hiding?; the Big East gets small; blunders at Halitosis Hall

Show us your hands
"What's that you're holding behind your back?"
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 13, 2013
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Rhode Island's poet laureate on the work verse can do

Q&A
When Governor Lincoln Chafee appointed Rick Benjamin to a five-year term as Rhode Island State Poet last week, he said Benjamin was already an "unofficial" state poet. He had a point.
By PHILIP EIL  |  January 16, 2013
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This year’s follies highlight the biggest problem in Rhode Island politics: amateurism

State House blunders
About halfway through Democrat Anthony Gemma's ridiculous Congressional campaign, I began to wonder if it was all an elaborate piece of performance art.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 19, 2012
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Rough times for Raimondo; bottom-feeding in Newtown; remembering Ravi

Un-treasured memories
A tough couple of weeks for corporate darling and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 19, 2012
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The foulest of the fowl: the Phoenix presents its fourth annual dishonor roll

Turkey time
Ah, Thanksgiving. Mashed potatoes, football, that asshole uncle of yours.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 21, 2012
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Natalie Gruppuso’s ‘Love and Equality’ at Yellow Peril

Happily ever after (finally)
When the Massachusetts Supreme Court approved gay marriage, I covered one of the first gay weddings there as a reporter in 2004.
By GREG COOK  |  July 09, 2012
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Public records: a little more sunlight

This Just In
Late Tuesday night, as the legislative session came to a close, the General Assembly passed a bill strengthening Rhode Island's deplorable public records law. Governor Chafee, though he has expressed some reservations about the bill, is expected to sign it.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 13, 2012

Schilling strikes out; war on women; the kids are all right

Holding a 38 to our head
You may recall, a couple of years back, that then-Governor Donald "The Don" Carcieri was very gung ho about the state offering Curt Schilling's 38 Studios video game company a whopping $75 million in loan guarantees through the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 16, 2012

We voted!; the old ball game; hear them roar

Poll dances
Like all good Vo Dilunduhs, Phillipe and Jorge used our unaffiliated voter status to become "Republicans for a day," cast our ballots in the GOP primary, and then switch back to being independents immediately afterward.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 25, 2012
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On Valentine's Day, a toast to a man wronged

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They raised a toast this Valentine's Day at McBride's Pub in Providence to John Gordon, much-remembered these past 167 years.
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  February 15, 2012



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In 2012, election year intrigue awaits

Punditry Dept.
The new year is, of course, an election year. And while the presidential race will probably be less-than-dramatic in Rhode Island, there will be plenty of other intriguing fare for the political junkie.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 28, 2011



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Rhode Island goes red

Progressives look back on a string of bitter defeats
For Rhode Island progressives, the new year arrived with an air of anticipation.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 21, 2011



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Turkey time

Injustice, deception, and simple boneheadedness: the Phoenix presents its third annual dishonor role
It's time for the Phoenix 's third annual turkeys issue, wherein we call out Rhode Islanders for acts most fowl.
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 22, 2011



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