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  • September 17, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Despite his characteristic candor, Linc Chafee remains a somewhat enigmatic figure.

    If the Republican Party has moved too far to the right for his taste, as he told the Sunday ProJo's Bruce Landis in explaining his decision to disaffiliate, it's not like this is a new development. Chafee was an (understandably) uncomfortable member of the national GOP well before the election that cost him his seat last year.

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  • September 14, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Can a Republican Latina help the struggling Rhode Island GOP to make gains among immigrants and other potential converts? That's the hope, as explained by the party:

    The Rhode Island Republican Party has hired Lammis J. Vargas as a staff assistant. Vargas will be helping to coordinate the Party’s outreach efforts, including expanding the Party’s presence in immigrant communities around the state, and helping to communicate the Republican platform in those communities.

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  • September 10, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

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    You didn't have to be a genius to realize that the publication of Steve Laffey's book would mark his formal reemergence on Rhode Island's political stage. So, not surprisingly, he turned up last week on RIPBS' A Lively Experiment and was the subject of two pieces in the Sunday ProJo. He's also slated to talk Thursday to the South Kingstown Republican Town Committee.

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  • September 06, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    NOTE: Gio did not, as Tom suggests below, suggest that teachers be prosecuted.

    I should have gone further yesterday than calling Gio Cicione's call for a RICO probe of the NEA RI "a non-starter." Dan Yorke took the opportunity to do so, correctly, IMHO, labeling the pitch as a sadly misplaced effort when the sclerotic RI GOP needs to be sharply focused on finding legislative candidates and raising money.

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  • September 05, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Gio Cicione, chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Party, wants US Attorney Robert Clark Corrente to consider a RICO probe of the National Education Association. He might have a measure of public sympathy, but this idea seems like a non-starter.

    Cicione says the teachers unions that have authorized strikes in several Rhode Island towns this week are "breaking the law, disrupting the start of the school year for tens of thousands of students, and creating chaos for families scrambling for child care arrangements at the last minute."

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  • September 04, 2007
    By webteam

    Even with Hillary's frontrunner status, Steven Stark says Barack Obama is very much still in the running. Here's how Stark handicaps the Democratic presidential aspirants at this stage in the 2008 campaign:

    BARACK OBAMA: THE COME-FROM-BEHIND CHOICE Yes, we know that no one else seems to consider him the Dems’ likeliest choice.

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  • August 31, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Speaking of the Senate . . .

    US Senators John Ensign and Chuck Schumer, the respective chairs of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Commitee, are slated to preview the 2008 Senate races this Sunday on ABC News' This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

  • August 31, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    DC Democrats, of course, have had their own share of sex scandals over the years. But in terms of the recent record, Phillpe + Jorge raise this question:

    One of the great mysteries for P+J is why, whenever there is a Washington controversy in which a major male political figure is discovered to be engaging in superior behavior in a most un-superior way (for example, in a public men’s room), it’s 90 percent likely that the figure is not just a Republican, but a “family values” kind of Republican.

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  • August 29, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Mystery writer Walter Mosley recently offered this powerful piece in the Nation:

    We are coming up on the two-year mark since the Katrina debacle in Louisiana and Mississippi. I hesitate to call this date an anniversary because the word implies, in some way, a celebration, a birth. What we are scratching on the calendar is more like a notch on a raw gravestone, a count of the days and years that have passed without a reckoning for those who died, those who lost loved ones and for a city that is still in critical condition.

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  • August 29, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    As noted here yesterday, N4N learned of the arrest late Monday of US Senator Larry Craig of Idaho via the Soxaholix Sox blog. That the arrest occurred nearly three months ago has led to questions about why it took the press so long to catch up with it.

    As the trade publication Editor & Publisher reports,

    Even Roll Call reporter John McArdle, who broke the story late Monday, admits he only received word of the arrest and subsequent guilty plea via a tip last week.

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  • August 29, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Via Anchor Rising, N4N learned that the American Spectator has an early look at Steve Laffey's Primary Mistake: How the Washington Republican Establishment Lost Everything in 2006 (and Sabotaged My Senatorial Campaign).

    Unsurprisingly, the piece by associate editor W. James Antle III is rather sympathetic toward Laffey, who, as I've theorized, wrote the book to set the stage for a gubernatorial run in 2010.

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  • August 28, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    The Soxaholix, one of my favorite Sox blogs, today uses the arrest of Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho), following complaints about lewdness inside a men's bathroom at an airport in Minnesota, to ask this question:

    Bill: OK. So here's a question for ya — Why is it always the morality pahty that gets caught, literally, with their pants down?

  • August 21, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Bill Lynch was seemingly loaded for bear had Kerry King survived last year's GOP primary for lieutenant governor.

    From a Democratic Party news release:

    PAWTUCKET- Rhode Island Democratic Party chairman Bill Lynch expressed surprise and disappointment today after learning that Gov. Carcieri plans to dole out a high-paying State House job to a one-time GOP statewide candidate whose former company has a highly-questionable ethics past.

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  • August 21, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Governor Caricieri's office just announced that Kerry King will be joining the administration as its executive counsel in late September, replacing the departed Andrew Hodgkin. The move is particularly interesting since Carcieri enthusiastically endorsed King when he jumped into the 2006 lieutenant governor's race, and then, like many Republicans, backed away when eventual primary winner Reggie Centracchio got in after a fair bit of wavering.

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  • August 14, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

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    The Boston Globe today puts the value of Mitt Romney, "by far the wealthiest presidential candidate," and his wife in the neighborhood of $250 million.

    Writing last week in the Phoenix, David Bernstein noted how Romney is awash in campaign contributions from his financial-world friends. So what price is their loyalty?

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