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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

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

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Rhode Island's poet laureate on the work verse can do

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

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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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

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

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

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On Valentine's Day, a toast to a man wronged

Justice Dept.
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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