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  • February 03, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Representative Patrick Kennedy tells DC paper the Hill that Republican Scott Brown's surprise victory in the race for his late father's Senate seat has been overblown:

    Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) said Tuesday that Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts has been “way overblown.”

    Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.

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  • January 29, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Republican State Representative John J. Loughlin II, Patrick Kennedy's all-but-declared opponent, says he will make it official February 4 at the site of the old Lincoln Community School, which is now an office park.

    Loughlin grew up in Portsmouth and Lincoln. A long-time Rhode Islander with a military background, he seems sure to make his biography a central part of his uphill campaign.

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  • January 29, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Congressman Patrick Kennedy has opened up a sizable fundraising lead on his Republican challenger, John Loughlin II, according to end-of-year filings: he has more than four times as much cash on hand, the ProJo reports this morning.

    The gap could make a big difference when it comes time to run TV ads in the summer or fall, of course.

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  • January 28, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    President Obama's pivot to jobs last night finds an echo in Rhode Island, where the Congressional delegation - no doubt a little spooked by Scott Brown's surprise victory in Massachusetts - issued a raft of statements reinforcing the president's economic message and assuring voters that they, too, have put jobs at the top of their list of concerns.

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  • January 25, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Republican State Representative John Loughlin, who is challenging Congressman Patrick Kennedy this fall, suggested after Scott Brown's monumental upset in Massachusetts that he was aiming to hire some of Brown's campaign team. A report in the Boston Globe has him doing just that:

    They were the invisible hands behind Republican Scott Brown’s stunning victory, and now are in almost as much demand from Republicans across the country as the new senator from Massachusetts.

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  • January 12, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Union leaders, progressive activists and officials from the AARP will rally outside Representative Patrick Kennedy's office today at 2 p.m., pressing the Congressman and Representative James Langevin to push for the more liberal House version of the health care reform bill.

    They will urge Kennedy and Langevin to stand up for the more generous subsidies for health coverage found in the House bill.

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  • January 07, 2010
    By David Scharfenberg

    Not quite tired of New Year's related top-10 lists? Well, Margaret Anderson over at the Huffington Post has an interesting look at the Top 10 medical research trends to look out for in 2010. On the list: Patrick Kennedy's bill on genomics and personalized medicine (translation: using individuals' genetic information to provide more personalized care).

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  • December 16, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    A new poll from Brown University's Taubman Center for Public Policy finds Attorney General Patrick Lynch's job performance rating down nine points from May and Treasurer Frank Caprio's down two.

    Thirty-eight percent of voters in the survey, conducted December 4-6, said Lynch was doing a "good" or "excellent" job, compared to 47 percent in May.

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  • December 09, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    And you thought it was over. Just as Patrick Kennedy's fight with Bishop Tobin over health care and abortion was quieting down, his cousin Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former lieutenant governor of Maryland, has written a piece in Politico taking on the Catholic bishops on the issue:

    As someone who was raised by a family absolutely committed to public service and to making sure that our nation provides health care to the least among us, I am devastated that the bishops are using their influence to try not to increase access to health care for the millions of people who don’t have insurance.

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  • December 08, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    Massachusetts voters go to the polls today for Democratic and Republican primaries in the race to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy, father of Rhode Island Representative Patrick Kennedy.

    Martha Coakley, the only of the four Democratic candidates who has run statewide before, has held a solid lead in public polling to date.

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  • November 30, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    Representative Patrick Kennedy has not endorsed anyone in the race to succeed his late father, Edward Kennedy, in the U.S. Senate. But with just days to go before the Democratic primary for the seat, a joint appearance with one of the contenders - Congressman Michael Capuano. From Kennedy's office:

    Pawtucket, RI – On Tuesday, December 1, 2009, Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) will join Congressman Michael Capuano (D-MA) to discuss the need for greater consumer protection from ruthless credit card companies.

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  • November 24, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    A new Politico piece recalls that Bishop Tobin's clash with Patrick Kennedy is not his first public lashing of a pol for his position on abortion. In 2007, he penned a piece in the diocesan newspaper Rhode Island Catholic taking on Rudy Giuliani and - in an aside - Senator Jack Reed:

    "I have no idea why I received an invitation to Giuliani’s fundraiser.

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  • November 23, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    And the fight goes on.

    Patrick Kennedy inexplicably kept his feud with Bishop Tobin alive this weekend in a ProJo interview, claiming that the bishop forbade him from receiving communion because of his stand on abortion.

    The bishop, who has proven skillful - if a bit chippy - in the row, lashed back. He said he asked Kennedy, in a private communication in 2007, to skip communion.

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  • November 16, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    Some musings on media happenings over the weekend:

    • The White House may be shunning Fox News, but its surrogates are still pushing the administration's line. Rhode Island's senior senator, Jack Reed, was on Fox News Sunday this weekend doing battle with Rudy Giuliani over Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to try some of the alleged 9/11 terrorists in civilian court.

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  • November 12, 2009
    By David Scharfenberg

    The clash between Patrick Kennedy and Bishop Thomas J. Tobin is but the most public flare-up in a broader effort by the church to build abortion restrictions into health care reform. The Associated Press has a good overview:

    WASHINGTON — The call came in from Rome, just as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top lieutenants were scrambling to round up scarce votes to pass their sweeping health overhaul.

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