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It will not be a dull year!
The governor’s race, gambling, drama on Smith Hill, and more is on tap in 2010
The New Year is shaping up as potent dope for the political junkie.
| January 06, 2010
Worth the gamble?
A push for full-scale Vegas-style casinos is in the cards again. Can poker and craps save a state in freefall?
Just three years after Rhode Island voters killed plans for a full-scale, Vegas-style casino, big-time gambling is in the cards again.
| December 16, 2009
| January 01, 0001
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.
| August 12, 2009
Battle over open space in North Providence
Will the last large piece of open space in North Providence turn into the site of 47 single family homes? That decision currently rests with the Rhode Island General Assembly and the Rhode Island Supreme Court. The outcome could jeopardize open space preservation statewide.
| May 27, 2009
Is the party over for the GOP in RI?
A disastrous election in '08. A depleted war chest. Dismal approval ratings for the outgoing governor. Yet the faithful see hope for a Republican revival
In a state known for its political obsessions, there is remarkably little in the way of rabid protest here.
| May 13, 2009
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.
| April 08, 2009
Voter apathy remains a primary staple
The big story from Tuesday’s primary election, understandably enough, was the seeming upset by Michael J. Pinga of state Senator Stephen D. Alves.
| September 11, 2008
Why care for me, but not poor RI kids?
On weekdays this spring, I’ve been driving from my home in Newport to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, where I lie under a fabulous machine that’s saving my life.
BRIAN C. JONES
| May 08, 2008
The hippest guy in state government
State Rep David Segal brings some youthful cool to the general assembly
The idiosyncratic crowd indicated just how different this event was from your standard legislative money-maker.
| September 26, 2007
State house stalemate
Carcieri takes another run at cutting state workers, but the outlook is murky
Many Rhode Islanders take an almost visceral delight in those occasions when a state worker is shown to be goofing off on the public’s dime.
| September 12, 2007
Can Carcieri deliver a reduction in the state workforce?
With Carcieri moving toward lame-duck status, the General Assembly remains the wild card.
| August 01, 2007
How high can Gordon Fox go?
The progressive practices a balancing act in the socially conservative RI legislature
Although House Majority Leader Gordon D. Fox considers himself a Red Sox fan, he hopes the Yankees win the World Series this year.
| May 09, 2007
The ProJo’s power behind the throne
Mark Ryan exemplifies the changes during 10 years of Belo’s ownership
Mark T. Ryan is a man of many descriptions.
| March 28, 2007
The brain drain
Rhode island needs a more robust economy to retain the young and the educated
Rhode Island is lucky to have Kipp Bradford.
| February 15, 2007
Advocates cite concern on bill for civil unions
In the aftermath of Valentine’s Day, leaders of Rhode Island’s same-sex marriage movement are concerned that new legislation could prevent the eventual granting of full marriage rights for gays and lesbians.
PETER IAN ASEN
| February 14, 2007
RI is overrun by archaic boards and commissions
Post-9/11 Rhode Island has only one state Emergency Management board, while a 1995 statutory commission to examine workplace sexual harassment remains inactive.
MARY ANN SORRENTINO
| January 31, 2007
How will speaker Murphy use his power?
A brain drain, looming deficits, and other challenges await solutions
It was no big surprise when House Speaker William J. Murphy recently presented his wife, Stacey, with a bunch of roses — as thanks, he said, for the nights he had missed dinner while working late at the State House.
| January 10, 2007
The governor faces a tougher political landscape in his second term
As Governor Donald L. Carcieri celebrated his 64th birthday on December 16, he could take satisfaction in any number of things.
| December 27, 2006
Rhode Island in ’06: same as it ever was
Democrats on top, a casino quest, and a dose of corruption
Imagine a year when the Narragansett Indians were energetically pitching a casino, cynical Rhode Islanders had plenty of reason to reinforce their jaundiced views, and state house Democrats maintained the upper hand over hapless Republican opponents without even breaking a sweat.
| December 20, 2006
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.
| November 15, 2006
Thousands of Rhode Islanders lack heat every winter
There are many rites that mark the beginning of winter in Rhode Island.
BRIAN C. JONES
| November 08, 2006
Campaign winners and sinners
A pre-election dissection of the tasty, the terrible, and the in-between
It’s almost all over but the counting.
| November 01, 2006
The battle of Rhode Island
Fogarty and Carcieri sharpen their competing visions for the state
Heading into the home stretch of the 2006 gubernatorial race, Lieutenant Governor Charles Fogarty has cause for hope and reason for concern.
| October 18, 2006
Is Rhode Island still a state for sale?
The shoe yet to drop is the extent of private sector responsibility
As the star witness of federal prosecutors, former state senator John Celona of North Providence has sang chapter and verse about his arrogant, shameless, and corrupt dealings while having worked for an affiliate of Roger Williams Medical Center.
| September 27, 2006
Down to the wire
Will Chafee or Laffey emerge victorious? Plus, Rhode Island’s other top primary races
So will Cranston Mayor Stephen P. Laffey prove the ascending dragon-slayer who knocks off US Senator Lincoln Chafee, a favorite target of conservatives everywhere, or will the herky-jerky heir to one of the best brand names in Ocean State politics repel his challenger and live to fight another day?
| September 06, 2006
Champions of the status quo
Protecting incumbents takes precedence over a reform that could diminish the influence of money in Rhode Island politics
Although the flameout in April of Matt Brown’s US Senate bid was the most prominent example, he’s hardly been the only Rhode Island candidate to run into a campaign finance-related hassle this year.
| July 26, 2006
Caprios on the rise
Frank and David Caprio could challenge the Lynches as Rhode Island’s leading political family
Like professional athletes employing a well-worn phrase — the familiar expression about focusing on the task at hand and not looking too far ahead — brothers Frank T. Caprio and David A. Caprio strike the same muted tone in separately discussing their respective futures in public life.
| March 02, 2006
| January 01, 0001
The long wait for gay marriage
Although Rhode Island offers a hospitable home to gays and lesbians, equality remains elusive
Justice Brown-Duso is an outspoken nine-year-old with a big smile.
| February 15, 2006
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