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  • April 05, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    A spokeswoman for City Councilman John J. Lombardi, who is running for mayor, says he raised $70,000 in the first quarter of the year. That puts him about $45,000 behind rival Angel Taveras, who is reporting a $115,000 haul in his five-week-old campaign.

    Still to come: figures from the third major, declared Democratic candidate, Steven Costantino.

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  • April 05, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Providence mayoral candidate Angel Taveras has raised $115,000 in the five weeks since he launched his candidacy. That's more than all but one of the gubernatorial candidates say they raised in the last quarter. And, as his campaign notes, Taveras started from something of a standstill - his last race for office came in 2000, when he made a bid for Congress.

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  • April 02, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    For those who dare to dream, a talk on publicly funded elections at Brown:

    PROVIDENCE, RI (April 2, 2010) -- Lawrence Lessig will address the current crisis in the nation's democracy and the need for citizen funded elections in a lecture at Brown University on Friday April 9 at 5:00 PM.

    Lessig, a professor at Harvard Law School, is a founder of Change Congress (fixcongressfirst.

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  • April 01, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    The health care debate was, of course, saturated in political posturing. And passage of the bill has done nothing to sate the appetite of a political class eager to strike a pose. Exhibit A: the 14 Republican attorneys general who filed or joined suits challenging the constitutionality of the reform bill.

    Legal experts agree the legal challenges have little chance of success.

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