Don't look now, but Rhode Island Republicans are winning at the polls in 2011. They've won special elections for a Barrington school committee seat and a Coventry town council seat. And in North Kingstown, voters overwhelmingly rejected a ballot measure to boost the local school district's budget last week.
Hardly a sign of a revolution - Barrington, Coventry, and North Kingstown are hardly liberal bastions. But it's heartening for a tiny Republican Party trying to build something under new chairman Ken McKay.