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  • February 14, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Don't just take my word for it. Check it out:

    Published an anti-establishment polemic last year
    LAFFEY:
    Primary Mistake: How the Washington Republican Establishment Lost Everything in 2006 (and Sabotaged My Senatorial Campaign), published by Sentinel, an imprint of Penguin Group.
    PALAST: Armed Madhouse: From Baghdad to New Orleans — Sordid Secrets & Strange Tales of a White House GONE WILD, published by Plume, an imprint of Penguin Group.

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  • February 12, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    I've run into Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline twice in the last week, and he's seemed his usual public self, talking up Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, among other things. Yet as the mayor prepares to deliver his latest State of the City speech tonight, at 7 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Cicilline could be excused if he's a tad wistful for some earlier points in his administration.

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  • February 11, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Dave Layman was a bit incredulous on A Lively Experiment last week when, pressed for an answer, I predicted that Obama will win Rhode Island's March 4 primary. Yes, the Ocean State has been Clinton country, and I could certainly be wrong. Yet a new Darrell West survey suggests that my prediction is well within reason.

    If the primary was held today, 36 percent of the 474 voters who indicated they were likely to vote in the 2008 Democratic primary say they will vote for Hillary Clinton, 28 percent support Barack Obama, 27 percent say they will vote for the “Uncommitted” ballot line, and 9 percent are undecided.

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  • February 08, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian remains a figure of interest as we look to the state's political future. Prospering locally as a moderate Republican, the experienced political hand acted prudently (or cautiously) by seeking reelection in 2006, thereby emerging unscathed in a political season when other RI GOPers suffered setbacks or barely survived.

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  • January 24, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    While most of the speculation concerning Democrats and the 2010 gubernatorial race has focused thus far on General Treasuer Frank Caprio and Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline, there's a growing view that Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch is running, throwing to the wind the usual concerns about his office is a political minefield.

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  • January 18, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    During yesterday's broadcast of A Lively Experiment, Lou Pulner raised the possibility that Frank Caprio -- who unveiled a furlough plan for the treasurer's office earlier in the week --had been tipped off by the Carcieri administration that it was moving forward with its own furlough plan.

    It's certainly possible.

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  • January 17, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Looking ahead to 2010, there's obviously no shortage of potential Democratic gubernatorial candidates: David Cicilline, Frank Caprio, Elizabeth Roberts, Patrick Lynch, and perhaps Charles Fogarty. One of the key differences in the run-up to the next election is how these individuals are affected by the offices they hold.

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  • January 09, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    While most everyone was focused yesterday afternoon on New Hampshire, the office of Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch released a statement about a proposal to counter public corruption.

    Although it seems a bit unusual for this kind of thing to drop shortly before 5 pm on the day of the primary, it also marks a retort of sorts to gripes about the feds typically taking the lead in corruption prosecutions.

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  • December 29, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The Warwick City Council might have done Mayor Scott Avedisian a favor by forcing his hand in the firing of the city's crossing guards. While the cause-and-effect is clear, it removes a bugaboo that had become a source for criticism and jibes with the current environment of austerity and diminished public funds.

    Still, if Avedisian runs in the Republican primary for governor in 2010, we can count on Steve Laffey to remind us that it was the city council that precipitated this action.

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  • December 22, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Almost five years later, Rhode Island and some of its top elected officials are still contending with the fallout of the ill-fated state police raid on a Narragansett Indian smoke shop in 2003. Yesterday, the state Supreme Court gave Governor Carcieri a gift when it ruled that he doesn't have to testify in a forthcoming trial related to the case.

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  • December 21, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Reporters are familiar with a meme concerning the contrasting miens of cops and firefighters, because many in the public associate the former with dispensing speeding tickets and the latter with pulling kittens out of trees.

    So it is with city and state officials in the aftermath of last week's snow mess. (Can't we move on, already?) I mean, don't you think Governor Carcieri and Mayor Cicilline would love to be in general treasuer Frank Caprio's shoes?

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  • December 20, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    In a performance straight from Politics 101, Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline this afternoon took responsibility for the city's troubled response to last week's snow storm and outlined steps that he said will prevent a future repeat of the same thing. The ultimate goal, of course, is to put the whole episode in the past.

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  • November 12, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

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    Saturday's news from the ProJo -- that the state deficit for the next fiscal year has climbed, from $200 million to between $400 million and $450 million -- clearly presents a stiff challenge to Governor Carcieir and legislative leaders. Yet it also feeds into those predicting a doomsday scenario for state spending -- with possibly significant political consequences.

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  • November 06, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Conspicuously absent from today's ProJo coverage of John Simmons's ascension to the top job at the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council is any mention of the recent Fund for Providence issue. Buddy Cianci and Dan Yorke, who have used this topic to deem Simmons unfit for the RIPEC job, will no doubt focus more criticism on this development today.

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  • October 19, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts says that the state Constitution justifies the provision of interpreters to people seeking state benefits in Rhode Island.

    Roberts made the statement during a taping this morning of WPRI/WNAC-TV's Newsmakers. While declining to offer a view when panelist Tim White asked her whether Governor Carcieri should apologize -- as Bill Lynch says he should -- for a related remark, Roberts says the Constitution calls for equal service for all Rhode Islanders.

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