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The Turn?

At the height of the David-Cicilline-left-Providence-bankrupt story, it was hard to imagine him ever escaping its harsh glare. But veteran political observers noted that the year-and-a-half until the next election is the proverbial "eternity in politics" and that attention would inevitably shift elsewhere - especially as the Taveras Administration began the painful process of cutting.

Might we be at the start of the eternity? Amid serious fretting about possible reductions to the police and fire departments, attention is squarely focused on Taveras.

And with the mayor hesitant, at least until now, to point the finger at Cicilline - an old ally and valuable friend, given his position in Congress - attention is likely to remain on the current administration.

Of course, the latest polling on Cicilline is still dismal; and some sizable chunk of the electorate will neither forgive nor forget Cicilline's role in the fiscal mess - or let go of the conviction that he covered up the city's woes as he ran for Congress.

He is, no doubt, vulnerable. But the ground is shifting.

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