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  • December 27, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

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    As Mitt Romney steps up his attacks on John McCain in New Hampshire, some observers, of different stripes, are calling the Arizona senator the best bet -- if he wins the GOP nomination -- to claim the presidency in 2008:

    Steven Stark in the Phoenix:

    McCain would bring a number of advantages to a general-election campaign.

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  • December 24, 2007
    By webteam

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    CNN reports that New Hampshire's Concord Monitor has had a visceral reaction to Mitt Romney:

    In unusually stark language, the newspaper in New Hampshire's capital calls former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney "a phony" and tells its readers Sunday that he "most surely must be stopped" in next month's first-in-the-nation primary.

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  • December 23, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Considering the frontloading of the presidential primary process, it's kind of heartening how things remain utterly up for grabs. A new Boston Globe poll shows that Barack Obama and John McCain are neck and neck, respectively, with Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney:

    Senator John McCain of Arizona, whose bid for the Republican presidential nomination was all but dead this summer, has made a dramatic recovery in the Granite State 2 1/2 weeks before the 2008 vote, pulling within 3 percentage points of front-runner Mitt Romney, a new Boston Globe poll indicates.

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  • November 13, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Jon Scott, one of the Republican challengers last year to US Representative Patrick Kennedy, has a new blog (h/t Anchor), and he recently wrote about his political future:

    I’m testing the waters.

    During my 2006 campaign, we always had the intention of blogging. There is so much to communicate; strange stories, bizarre attitudes and challenging encounters that leave a candidate wondering whether the system can ever be changed.

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  • November 13, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    A survey of Democratic superdelegates by the New York Times has a majority of them calling Rudy Giuliani the toughest Republican opponent in the November 2008 presidential election.

    Many of the superdelegates did not offer an opinion of which candidate would be the most daunting opponent for the Democratic presidential candidate, according to the survey, which was conducted by The New York Times and CBS News.

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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 08, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Although our federal government continues to spend untold billions on the war in Iraq, it has no problem involving officials from the US Department of Health and Human Services in the White House's political initiative against expanding healthcare for children.

    If the White House and Congressional Republicans want to make this argument, fine, but should HHS officials (see the news release below) be taking an active role in this debate?

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  • November 08, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    What a great idea -- with one year until the 2008 presidential election, WJAR-TV's 10 News Conference will be broadcast from Washington, DC, this Sunday (at the special time of 11 am), focusing on the capitol and what will unfold over the next 12 months.

    The special hour-long show will be divided into three 20-minute segments.

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  • November 07, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Kos points to election results in Virginia in concluding that GOP efforts to make political hay out of illegal immigration are bound to come up short:

    This is important as jittery Democrats (like Rahm Emanuel) advise Democrats to tack Right on the issue. Here we have evidence that the issue wasn't a killer -- traditional Democratic issues trumped immigration -- while Republican demonization of those scary brown people will kill their long-term electoral prospects by alienating key, fast-growing, immigrant communities.

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  • November 05, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Brown University's Darrell West and Lisa Pelosi, a former communications director for Linc Almond, joined Jim Taricani and Bill Rappleye during the 10 News Conference broadcast yesterday. Naturally, some of the conversation turned to the question of, as Rappleye put it, whether the Providence Journal is "against" Governor Carcieri.

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  • October 12, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The College Republican Federation of Rhode Island has a new Web site.

    The group is staging a training event tomorrow for the 2008 election:

    The College Republican Federation of Rhode Island kick off the 2008 political season this Saturday from 1 PM until 6 P.M. at Mayor Avedisian’s headquarters in Warwick when it launches a new and innovative website and a holds training conference aimed at preparing College Republicans leaders from throughout the state for the 2008 election season.

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  • October 12, 2007
    By webteam

    From Media Matters for America (h/t Media Nation):

    During the October 8 edition of CNBC's The Big Idea, host Donny Deutsch asked right-wing pundit Ann Coulter: "If you had your way ... and your dreams, which are genuine, came true ... what would this country look like?" Coulter responded, "It would look like New York City during the [2004] Republican National Convention.

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  • October 03, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The estimable Sy Hersh reports in this week's New Yorker that the Bush administration has revised its plans for a possible attack on Iran:

    I was repeatedly cautioned, in interviews, that the President has yet to issue the “execute order” that would be required for a military operation inside Iran, and such an order may never be issued.

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  • September 26, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    N4N briefly covered Jane Swift's unsuccessful challenge to US Representative John Olver in 1996, and she struck me as being intelligent and ambitious. It was nonetheless surprising when she rapidly ascended to the governor's office in Massachusetts, thanks to how the incumbent, Paul Celllucci, took a post as ambassador to Canada.

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  • September 24, 2007
    By webteam

    Back in March, when I reported on how Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian represents a rare bright spot for the perenially struggling Rhode Island Republican Party, my story included this information from Lincoln Chafee:

    Asked about 2010, Chafee says he thinks Avedisian will “probably run for governor.” The former senator adds, “I do think he’d like to work in Washington, but a Republican pretty much needs an open seat [to win a congressional office].

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