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  • November 02, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    No great surprise here, but now it's official. Former Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri has endorsed Republican Brendan Doherty, former superintendent of the state police, for Congress.

    Carcieri was scheduled to headline a fundraiser for Doherty months ago, though a family emergency kept him away.

    As his fundraising edge over Republican rival John J.

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  • October 03, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Former Rhode Island GOP chairman Giovanni Cicione is among the consultants retired police Col. Brendan Doherty has named to his campaign team for the Republican primary in the First Congressional District.

    Cicione has been talking up Doherty's candidacy for some time now and critiquing former state Representative John J.

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  • September 12, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Republican John J. Loughlin II's Congressional campaign formally trotted out the endorsement of House Minority Leader Brian Newberry today. No great surprise. Newberry has been on record supporting Loughlin, a former colleague in the General Assembly, for some time now.

    But the statement Newberry offered up was telling.

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  • August 26, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    New York Times columnist David Brooks has an interesting piece today on why we need to take Texas Governor Rick Perry's presidential ambitions seriously. Among the prime considerations - and this could have implications in the looming GOP primary in Rhode Island's First Congressional District between former State Representative John J.

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  • August 17, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    I've got a cover story in this week's Phoenix on Colonel Brendan Doherty's nascent Congressional campaign. What struck me in reporting this piece - and I've touched on it some on the blog over the last couple of weeks - is the wildcard that is the GOP primary.

    Doherty seems, on paper, to be the strongest candidate the Republican Party could nominate to take on Democratic Congressman David Cicilline.

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  • July 27, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    The sniping continues between the camps of GOP Congressional rivals John J. Loughlin II and Brendan Doherty, vying for the chance to unseat Congressman David Cicilline - or defeat any Democrat who takes down Cicilline in a primary.

    Loughlin lined up 16 city and town GOP chairs for a fundraiser in September. And Dante Bellini, a Doherty spokesman, issued this statement yesterday in reaction:

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  • July 26, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    As N4N reported last week, Republican Congressional candidate John J. Loughlin II's campaign has organized a fundraiser in September that will feature 16 different city and town GOP chairs - from Burrillville to Newport - as sponsors, under the handle "city and town chairs for Loughlin."

    Dante Bellini, a spokesman for Loughlin's Republican rival Brendan Doherty, has issued the following statement in response:

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  • July 25, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    There's something about Brendan.

    Filmmakers Peter and Bobby Farrelly, who hail from Cumberland, have agreed to host a fundraiser for Brendan Doherty, the retired police superintendent running for Congressman David Cicilline's seat.

    Doherty, a Cumberland Republican, has long been friendly with the family. But sadly, he doesn't have any juicy Three Stooges gossip.

  • July 22, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Republican Congressional candidate John J. Loughlin II, who is serving overseas in Iraq, has fallen behind GOP rival Brendan Doherty on the fundraising front. Doherty, the former state police superintendent, raised an impressive $250,000 in the last quarter.

    But Loughlin's supporters are holding a fundraiser for him in September.

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  • July 21, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    In a move that could have implications for the looming Republican Congressional primary between Brendan Doherty and John J. Loughlin II, the Rhode Island Republican State Central Committee is set to vote, in October, on a controversial proposal to close GOP primaries to all but registered Republican voters.

    At present, the state's Democratic and Republican parties both allow independents to vote in their primaries.

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  • July 18, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    As Washington lurches inexorably toward a lesser budget deal, Congressman David Cicilline must be thanking his lucky stars.

    The broader deal that President Obama and Speaker of the House Boehner were discussing not long ago called for substantial cuts, including some in entitlement programs like Medicare, in exchange for a significant but far smaller growth in tax revenues.

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  • July 12, 2011
    By David Scharfenberg

    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's campaign reports that he raised $780,000 in the second quarter of the year, leaving him with $2.2 million in cash on hand. It's a good figure for the incumbent, who is trying mightily to build an air of invincibility.

    “It’s an incredible honor to represent Rhode Islanders in the Senate and I’m humbled by the support I’ve received from every corner of our Ocean State,” said Whitehouse, in a statement.

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