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  • June 07, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Providence Mayor David Cicilline is scheduled to officially kick off his campaign for Congress today with a clever roll out tour that will take him from a bridge in Woonsocket (infrastructure work, jobs) to a manufacturing plant in Smithfield (more jobs!) to a seniors event in East Providence (I hear that seniors do a little voting) to a small business event in Bristol (economic development, jobs!) and, finally, to his campaign headquarters in Pawtucket - hometown of opponent Bill Lynch.

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  • May 21, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Interesting new piece in Mother Jones suggesting that Tea Party activism could be giving an unintended boost to moderate Republicans in the Northeast. But the story, which touches down in New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, does not make more than passing reference to Rhode Island - just another sign that the state's GOP is, to date, fumbling a once-in-a-generation attempt to make inroads in an anti-incumbent environment.

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  • May 18, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    State Representative David Segal, who formally announced his run for Congress last week, has a small staff in place. Greg Ross, of the Washington-based liberal advocacy group Progressive Change Campaign Committee, is serving as campaign manager. And Rachel Miller, former execuive director of liberal advocacy group Rhode Island Jobs With Justice, is also on staff.

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  • May 14, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    State Representative David Segal's Congressional candidacy will be interesting to watch on a number of fronts - as vehicle for progressive frustration with Cicilline, as test of a youthful campaigner.

    But, perhaps most intriguing, it will also be a test of netroots advocacy in the first post-Obama election - which is to say, in part, that it will be a test of the new version of the inside-outside game (money from Rhode Island, money from outside Rhode Island) that has always been important in a small state that can only pour so much cash into politics.

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  • May 06, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    State Representative David Segal, expected to announce a run for Congress in the near future, has posted a piece on the left-leaning national blog Daily Kos asking progressives to sign a petition backing the workers at the Westin hotel, who are locked in a dispute with management.

    The post quotes the political director of Netroots Nation, a large coalition of progressive blogs, suggesting that the group will drop plans to hold its annual conference in Providence next year if workers' needs are not met.

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  • May 05, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Pawtucket Mayor James E. Doyle's long-expected decision to retire at the end of the term sets up what should be a competitive joust to replace him.

    That should mean a lively debate on the city's future, which is good for voters. But it should also be a boon for a pair of Pawtucket-based candidates for statewide office - Bill Lynch, running for Congress, and Peter Kilmartin, running for Attorney General.

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  • April 30, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Heard on the hustings: state Representative David Segal could announce a run for Patrick Kennedy's soon-to-be-vacated Congressional seat as soon as next week.

    Segal, the conventional wisdom has it, would pose a threat to Mayor David Cicilline's Congressional bid - vying with him for liberal and Providence votes. But if there is a broader anti-Cicilline vote out there - rooted, more, in his mayoralty of a big city and his brother's legal woes than his politics - Segal could conceivably help to divide it, and deliver victory for Cicilline.

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  • April 22, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Cumberland Mayor Daniel J. McKee tells N4N he will not run for Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy's soon-to-be-vacant seat. McKee, who will run for re-election as mayor, says he decided to stay put and pursue his work on a new kind of charter school and what he believes is a coming transformation of local government that could involve consolidation of services regionally.

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  • March 25, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    A piece in The Hill, a Washington insiders' publication, has GOP State Representative John J. Loughlin II attracting support from big-name Republicans in his bid to take the Congressional seat held by retiring Representative Patrick J. Kennedy.

    Republicans put themselves back on the map in the Northeast by stealing one Kennedy seat.

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  • March 22, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Former Textron executive Bill Clegg. whose interest in running for Representative James Langevin's seat was first reported by N4N, has made it official: he's in the GOP primary. And retired Superior Court Judge Mark Pfeiffer tells the ProJo he's weighing a Republican run for Representative Patrick J. Kennedy's seat.

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  • March 08, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Sources say Bill Clegg, former executive director for ethics and compliance at Textron, is doing the rounds with GOP leaders and weighing a run in the Republican primary for the seat currently held by Representative James Langevin.

    Clegg is not a well-known figure in political circles, but has suggested he has some money he could pour into the race.

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  • March 08, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. today on the State House steps to outline "action steps" after at least three city police officers were arrested for running a drug ring.

    The scandal can't be great for Cicilline's congressional race. His appeal is built around an image as the reformist pol who cleaned up a tainted City Hall.

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