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  • December 12, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    The Rhode Island redistricting commission will roll out its final maps tonight. One issue to keep an eye on: prison gerrymandering.

    The census counts prisoners as if they live at the correctional facility. And because Rhode Island is a small state with a single state prison complex - in Cranston - the potential for distortions is particularly great.

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  • December 09, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    With former state Representative and all-but-official Congressional candidate John J. Loughlin II set to return to Rhode Island from an Army Reserve deployment in Iraq around Christmastime, the GOP primary for the seat held by Congressman David Cicilline is about to kick off in earnest.

    One dynamic to watch: the debate over national defense.

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  • December 08, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    As I report in today's Phoenix, expiring contracts for talk show hosts Dan Yorke and John DePetro have created some uncertainty at WPRO, with no one quite sure whether new owner Cumulus Media will keep them in place.

    The company, in the wake of its $2.3 billion purchase of former WPRO parent company Citadel Broadcasting, has been clear about its plans to cut costs.

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  • December 07, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Linc Chafee, it appears, is not the only(Gin)grinch. From Politico:

    Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich waged a quiet war on Christmas — or at least the Capitol Christmas Tree — shortly after becoming speaker of the House in 1995.

    In a time of heightened political correctness, Gingrich preferred “Holiday Tree” over “Christmas Tree,” according to sources familiar with the annual tree-lighting ceremony at the foot of the Capitol.

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  • December 07, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    The Phoenix has confirmed that WPRO talk show hosts Dan Yorke and John DePetro face expiring contracts in the coming months. The expirations, by themselves, aren't all that newsworthy. But with new ownership in place - Atlanta-based Cumulus Media completed a $2.3 billion purchase of the station's former parent company, Citadel, in September - the fate of the two jocks is not entirely clear.

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  • December 06, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Cumulus, the Atlanta-based parent company for a suite of Rhode Island radio stations including WPRO and 92 Pro FM, has struck an intriguing deal with its chief competitor, Clear Channel.

    Clear Channel will begin offering Cumulus's 570 stations on its iHeartRadio service, a streaming app that aims to compete with customized, online radio services like Pandora and Spotify.

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  • December 05, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    The US Senate last week, in a vote that scrambled the usual partisan calculus, approved a controversial detainee policy - with Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse on a different side than you might expect.

    The policy, which both senators voted for along with 15 of their Democratic colleagues and nearly every Republican in the chamber, would require the government to place suspected Al Qaeda figures, or members of allied groups, in military detention - even if arrested on American soil.

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  • December 02, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Democrats and Republicans alike objected to a series of Congressional redistricting proposals put forward by the state's consultant recently. Among the objections: the Republican candidates for Congressman David Cicilline's seat - Brendan Doherty and John J. Loughlin II - would have found themselves living outside of the district under a couple of the proposals; and too many voters would have been moved out of their traditional Congressional districts.

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