With openly gay Speaker of the House Gordon Fox winning his unexpectedly tight race, gay marriage supporters are breathing a sigh of relief.
Fox has pledged to bring same-sex nuptials up for a vote in late January, should he win re-election. Assuminng that happens - and assuming he gets the measure through his chamber - the spotlight will be on the state Senate.
There are some obvious cities, towns, and regions to watch in the race between Congressman David Cicilline and Republican Brendan Doherty. Cicilline has to do very well in Providence and Pawtucket. Doherty needs to improve on Republican Congressional candidate John J. Loughlin's 2010 performance in the Blackstone Valley.
Congressman David Cicilline's battle with Republican challenger Brendan Doherty is expected to come down to the wire today. And if it's as close as the polls would suggest, then this winter's once-per-decade redistricting process, which tilted Cicilline's district to the left, could make all the difference.
Among the most important changes: the addition of the heavily Latino south side of Providence to Cicilline's district.
Well this is pretty cool.
Bloomberg Philanthropies has named Providence one of 20 finalists in its "Mayor's Challenge," which will dole out $9 million in grants to five cities with innovative ideas for tackling big problems.
The Providence proposal, one of 305 submitted this fall, aims to tackle the "vocabulary deficit."
Republican Brendan Doherty's campaign has always maintained that his race against Congressman David Cicilline would be won and lost in October.
In October, he would spend his money. In October, he would roll out his big attacks.
When a pair of public polls conducted in late September and early October showed Cicilline up by six points - a 21-point swing since February, when the incumbent trailed Doherty by 15 - some observers suggested the October strategy was a mistake.
Lawrence Lessig, trubadour of campaign finance reform, appeared at Common Cause Rhode Island's annual meeting last night. Here's his entertaining talk. Click in the center to begin watching.
A new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows the Providence Journal's advertising revenue dropped nearly 13 percent between the third quarter of 2011 and the third quarter of 2012.
The decline, from just over $12 million to almost $10.5 million, was substantially steeper than that faced by parent company A.
Congressman David Cicilline, under attack from Brendan Doherty and the National Republican Campaign Committee for representing "rapists, pedophiles, and murderers" as a private attorney 20 years ago, is hitting back.
A new radio spot draws audio from a robocall former President Bill Clinton recorded on Cicilline's behalf, calling the Democrat an "innovative" former mayor who would defend women's health.
A new WPRI poll gives Congressman David Cicilline a razor-thin lead of 43-42 over Republican challenger Brendan Doherty. He had a 6-point edge in a survey the television station conducted a month ago.
This is the first independent, public poll conducted wholly after Doherty put up ads attacking Cicilline - and the first indication that they may be moving voters.
Continuing a long-term trend, the Providence Journal's average daily circulation has dipped from 90,085 to 83,733 over the last year, while its Sunday circulation has dropped from 129,024 to 117,784, according to new third-quarter data from the Audit Bureau of Circulations.
The declines, a 7 percent dip for daily circulation and a nearly 9 percent drop for Sunday circulation, come seven months after the Journal erected a "paywall" on its web site.
Republican Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty won the Providence Journal's endorsement yesterday.
It was an important stamp of approval for the GOP challenger, even if the state's paper of record is not the force it once was. But I was most struck by the tepid quality of its endorsement - and what the piece said about Rhode Island's deep ambivalence about this race.
If you ain't seen it.
I'm a little late with this - been a busy week - but I've got a beef with the conventional wisdom that formed around the third and final presidential debate, focused on foreign policy.
First, a point of agreement. The mainstream interpretation of Mitt Romney's staid performance goes like this: he was attempting to project moderation, appeal to suburban women with his calls for peace, and present as a reasonable commander-in-chief.
The parallels between the presidential race and the local clash pitting Providence mayor-turned-Congressman David Cicilline and his Republican challenger Brendan Doherty have been evident for some time.
Back in June, I wrote about Cicilline's critical play for women voters, part of a broader strategy to build up his margins among key demographic groups - including Latinos and younger voters.