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  • March 30, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Independent Lincoln Chafee holds his lead in the gubernatorial race in the latest poll from Rasmussen and, significantly, fares better than either of the Democrats in the race - Frank Caprio and Patrick Lynch - among Democratic voters.

    The poll is not great news for either of the Democrats. But the results are particularly tough for Lynch.

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  • March 24, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    The late Senator Ted Kennedy spent decades fighting for health reform. And yesterday, at the signing ceremony for the health overhaul bill, Representative Patrick Kennedy gave President Obama a copy of the health reform bill that his late father filed in 1970. That was widely reported. But what did the Congressman scrawl on that memento? Politico has the details:

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  • March 23, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    From the Washington Post, Patrick Kennedy leaves a graveside note for his father after passage of health reform:

    The political odyssey of health care reform in many ways is the story of Ted Kennedy, and as President Obama signed the historic bill into law Tuesday, Kennedy's gravesite was a place of quiet celebration and poignant reflection.

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  • March 12, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Representative Patrick Kennedy made a splash on Wednesday with his House-floor declaration that the national media is "despicable" for lavishing coverage on former Representative Eric Massa's sexual improprieties and paying scant attention to the war in Afghanistan. From a piece on cbs.com, describing a conversation on its show "Washington Unplugged":

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  • March 11, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    The Washington Post has a lengthy piece on Patrick Kennedy's quest for a "fuller life" after Congress. From the story:

    Alone with a reporter, the congressman seems liberated. He talks for nearly three hours about the great blessings and heavy burdens of being a Kennedy and losing the desire for politics after his father's death.

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  • March 11, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Representative Patrick J. Kennedy's outburst on the House floor yesterday - excoriating the media for its heavy coverage of former Representative Eric Massa's tickle fights and scant coverage of a Congressional debate over pulling out of Afghanistan - has drawn the predictable response. There's Patches, flying off the deep end again.

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  • February 24, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Here at N4N, we're not above an occasional spot of celebrity news. So here's a tidbit. Patrick J. Kennedy may be set to retire, but the family legacy will not disappear anytime soon. Deadline.com has the scoop on an RFK biopic in the works that would star Matt Damon.

    In this tough marketplace, if you want to make another movie about a complex historical figure like Robert F Kennedy, you'd better bring to the table an actor with chops and bankability to excite a financier.

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  • February 17, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    My look at the wide-ranging fallout from Representative Patrick Kennedy's decision to stand down at the end of this term should be on-line shortly and will hit the newsstands tomorrow. The piece focuses on the likely contours of the race to replace Kennedy in Congress. But it also looks at the burgeoning race for Providence mayor, in the wake of incumbent David Cicilline's decision to run for Kennedy's spot.

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  • February 12, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Providence City Councilman Seth Yurdin is sending around an email soliciting support for a potential Congressional run, yet another in a long list of Dems weighing a bid for Patrick Kennedy's seat.

    The GOP names floating about include former state Republican chairman John Holmes, former Kennedy opponent Jonathan Scott, and Lincoln Town Administrator T.

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  • February 12, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Just spoke with Republican party chairman Giovanni Cicione. A CNN report had him voicing interest in the Kennedy seat. He told me he has the "interest" but not the "capability" - with four kids and a small business, he said, now is not the right time to pour the time and energy into the race.

  • February 12, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    From CNN:

    Rep. Patrick Kennedy already had a Republican challenger, businessman John Loughlin, before he decided to retire from his Rhode Island seat late Thursday.

    Now that Kennedy is out of the race, another Republican might jump in: Rhode Island GOP chairman Giovanni Cicione.

    "I am more than interested," Cicione told CNN Friday.

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  • February 12, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    My colleague at the Boston Phoenix has this post on the Rhode Island Monthly story, by former ProJo reporter Mark Arsenault, that explains Kennedy's decision not to run.

    There's a perennial danger, at any non-daily print publication, of publishing material that's dated the moment it comes out--or even before. But Rhode Island Monthly went to the opposite extreme with their March issue, which features a cover story titled, "I WON'T RUN AGAIN: Patrick Kennedy talks about his father, his future, and why he's leaving Congress after 16 years."

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  • February 12, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Matt Jerzyk over at RI Future and his legal blog Closing Argument suggested, last night, that State Representative Ed Pacheco might run for Congressman Patrick Kennedy's soon-to-be-vacant seat. And now, Pacheco is suggesting he is "seriously considering" a bid.

    There is also talk of someone from Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd's family running.

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  • February 12, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy's decision to retire from Congress has already unleashed a torrent of speculation about which Democrats might hop into the race to succeed him. A quick and dirty assessment:

    • Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts - Her decision to back out of the governor's race could pay dividends. With statewide recognition and a solid reputation as a legislator, she is well-positioned for a run.

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  • February 05, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    The WPRI poll released last night is, undoubtedly, bad news for Representative Patrick Kennedy. The poll found 35 percent of voters statewide giving him good marks on job performance and 62 percent giving him poor marks. And while 35 percent of First Congressional District voters said they would vote for Kennedy, 31 percent said they would consider someone else and 28 percent said they would vote to replace him.

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