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  • September 18, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    Our annual fall preview of art, film et. al snags the cover of this week's Phoenix. But I've also got a piece on crisis pregnancy centers - a sort of pro-life answer to Planned Parenthood. The centers got millions in federal aid during the Bush years and have been a lightning rod in recent years, with critics accusing the centers of employing manipulative and misleading tactics in a bid to dissuade women from seeking abortions.

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  • September 17, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    As the race to succeed the late Thomas C. Slater for a seat in the Rhode Island House took shape in recent weeks, observers said backing from the Progressive Leadership Fund - a political action committee representing progressives from the environmental, labor and women's rights communities - could play a decisive role in determining the winner of the Democratic primary.

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  • September 16, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    If there was ever a sign that Rhode Island's senators have little to fear in the way of serious political challenge, and can vote as they like, here it is. From the Associated Press, via the WPRI web site:

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP/WPRI) - Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says he voted against a proposal to block an embattled community organization from receiving government grants because he did not want to punish the entire group for the actions of a few workers.

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  • September 16, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    Months after President Obama pledged to appoint a cybersecurity czar, the White House has failed to act. With health care and Iraq at the top of the agenda, this is not the stuff of headlines. But holes in the nation's cyber defenses are a serious, if little-noticed, liability.

    Congressman James Langevin and Congressman Michael McCaul co-chaired the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency, which outlined the risk to the nation.

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  • September 16, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    The Newport Daily News got a good bit of attention this summer when it began charging for access to its web site in a bid to drive readers back to its more profitable print edition.

    It was an intriguing experiment. An admirable bid to keep an important institution alive. And so far, it's showed some signs of success. But in the last couple of months, a new media challenger has emerged - Newport Now, a web site offering free news on the city by the sea.

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  • September 15, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    A White House weighing a troop buildup in Afghanistan has faced skepticism from Democrats. And today, word that Senator Jack Reed, who had appeared open to the idea, is toughening his line. From the Projo:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "The burden of proof" will be on military leaders if they ask President Obama in the coming days to send more U.

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  • September 15, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    This just in from Patrick Kennedy's office:

    “All of us in the Kennedy family are deeply touched by today’s action of the Senate naming the historic Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building for the three Kennedy brothers who meant so much to the Senate and to our country. It’s a beautiful room and a beautiful tribute to President Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and my father Edward Kennedy.

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  • September 14, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay has an interesting essay on the "myth" of union control of Rhode Island politics. He catalogues a series of defeats over the last couple of decades on everything from unemployment benefits for striking workers to the length of the gubernatorial term.

    It is time again for the chorus of Republicans, talk radio shouters, a few business leaders and Governor Carcieri to trot out one of the biggest myths in Rhode Island politics: That labor unions control the state, especially the State House.

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  • September 11, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    The New York Times has a piece today on doubts, within the Democratic Party, about the wisdom of a possible troop buildup in Afghanistan. Senator Carl Levin, influential chairman of the Armed Services Committee, is most prominently featured, arguing that the US must do more to train and equip Afghan forces before committing additional troops to the troubled war effort.

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  • September 10, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    The MBTA board today approved a commuter rail extension to TF Green and other points in Rhode Island. From the Providence Business News:

    BOSTON – Commuter rail trains will begin whisking passengers from both North Kingstown and T.F. Green Airport north to Providence and Boston in two years under an agreement approved today.

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  • September 10, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    The MBTA board is set to meet in a few minutes for a vote on a potentially big step forward for transit in Rhode Island. From the Boston Globe:

    The MBTA board is set to vote today on a long-awaited contract to extend Boston’s commuter rail service to the T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island - which should make it easier for Massachusetts travelers to use the popular alternative to Logan International Airport.

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  • September 10, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    A couple notes on today's ProJo. The paper has a solid piece on the suicide of New Jersey financier and philanthropist Finn Caspersen at his summer home in Westerly, Rhode Island. But the ProJo is late to the story. Caspersen died on Monday and The Star-Ledger in New Jersey had a full story on him by Tuesday evening. This is the sort of piece that the more fully staffed paper of a year ago, with a South County bureau in place, probably would have turned around more quickly.

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  • September 09, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd has elected to stay put on the Senate Banking Committee, passing up a chance to take over the Senate's health committee amid a major push for health care reform.

    That closes off the possibility that Senator Jack Reed might take the chairmanship of the Banking Committee as Congress weighs a major overhaul of financial regulation in the wake of the economic crash.

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  • September 09, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    Providence City Solicitor Joseph M. Fernandez, who has been quite public about his interest in running for Attorney General, has stepped down from his post to pursue "other opportunities." This just in from Mayor David N. Cicilline's office:

    Mayor David N. Cicilline today announced that City Solicitor Joseph M. Fernandez is stepping down after seven years of strong leadership as the City’s chief lawyer.

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  • September 08, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    Paul Doughty, president of the Providence firefighters union, is not running for the Rhode Island House of Representatives seat vacated by the late Thomas Slater. Doughty told N4N minutes ago that he spoke with several people, including some of the other candidates for the seat, over the weekend and decided that he shared views with several of the candidates and did not want to pull votes away from those with similar values.

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