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  • July 12, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's campaign reports that he raised $780,000 in the second quarter of the year, leaving him with $2.2 million in cash on hand. It's a good figure for the incumbent, who is trying mightily to build an air of invincibility.

    “It’s an incredible honor to represent Rhode Islanders in the Senate and I’m humbled by the support I’ve received from every corner of our Ocean State,” said Whitehouse, in a statement.

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  • July 11, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Congressman James Langevin, the most prominent Democratic voice in the House of Representatives on cybersecurity, has lately complained that Speaker of the House John Boehner has shut out Democrats on the issue by creating an all-Republican cybersecurity task force.

    From Politico:

    “It’s frustrating to see at the leadership level that Speaker Boehner and [Majority Leader Eric] Cantor are making this into a partisan issue,” Rep.

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  • July 08, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    The high-stakes budget showdown in Washington, which has the Obama Administration and Congressional leaders working to cut a major deficit-reduction deal before the federal government hits the debt ceiling, has put Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in the spotlight. And it could have real implications for Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline's long-term political prospects.

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  • July 07, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Your trusted blogger is back after a two-week hiatus - thanks to Dan McGowan for filling in while I was away - and while plenty of newsworthy stuff happened while I was gone, one story in particular stands out: the approval of voter identification legislation that requires citizens, starting next year, to present ID before voting.

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  • July 07, 2011
    By Dan McGowan
    This week's Phoenix includes an excellent piece about Central Falls Mayor Chuck Moreau, who apparently intends to run for a fifth term in 2013 whether the city remains in receivership or not.

    Moreau is, without question, an interesting character. He's popular and clearly still wants to be in the game. And while the city may be on the verge of bankruptcy, it's not inconceivable that he could win reelection.

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  • July 05, 2011
    By Dan McGowan

    By Nicole Friedman


    What Cheer! Brigade fans should have known something was up for a while.

    In its summer preview blog post this year, Providence’s favorite marching band was especially evasive about its plans for Independence Day weekend:

    Friday-Sunday, July 1-3
    - Something big is brewing this weekend, but we’re trying to figure out the best way to tell you.


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