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  • August 14, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Karl Rove won't be the last person in politics to suffer from an excess of hubris, and the Bush Jr. years seem likely to do little to fuilfil his vision of "a permanent Republican majority."

    So how will history remember Rove?

    Writing today in the New York Times, Adam Nagourney takes a crack at this question.

    A look at the roster of every Republican presidential candidate finds people who have worked with him, and they have brought some of his methods to this race.

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  • July 27, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    There's a lot happening in the local blogosphere. Matt had a good roundup on this yesterday. Here's some more:

    -- Thanks to John DePetro for linking to N4N and some other local blogs (scroll down).

    -- My conservative friends at Anchor Rising are keeping up a busy publication schedule, including the placement of a few recent op-eds in the ProJo, and AR's Andrew Morse will join the aforementioned Matt in appearing Sunday with Jim Hummel on ABC6 On the Record.

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  • July 24, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Tom Shevlin, who operates the RI Report Web site and who helmed Bill Harsch's AG run last year, has had enough with the Republican Party. He seems fed up with both the perennial marginalization of the GOP in Rhode Island and the national party's wandering away from its principles. So Tom, like most Rhode Islanders, now calls himself an independent:

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  • July 20, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Former Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey, a likely gubernatorial candidate in 2010, today declined to comment on his political future, although he said a new Web site, www.stevelaffey.com, will be unveiled within the next couple of days or so. While it might help to market his forthcoming book, Primary Mistake, the Web site seems yet another preparatory move for Laffey's reentry to the political arena.

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  • July 19, 2007
    By webteam

    How's this for an idea? Massachusetts voters may have the chance to demand a new election by voting for "none of the above."

    "Occasionally, when you get an application for a position, none of them are qualified," said William H. White , a retired systems analyst from East Dennis spearheading the scheme, who testified yesterday before state lawmakers.

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  • July 12, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    As if it wasn't already abundantly clear, so much for those who want to believe that the Bush administration is tough on terrorism.

    From the AP:

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded al-Qaida has rebuilt its operating capability to a level not seen since just before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, The Associated Press has learned.

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  • July 12, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Jon Scott was the far more credible of the challengers to US Representative Patrick J. Kennedy last fall. I've had the opportunity to speak with him since, and Jon is a bright guy with a strong measure of interest in public service. Earlier this week, Tom over at RI Report theorized that Scott may challenge US Senator Jack Reed when the Democrat comes up for reelection:

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  • July 09, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Living in a land a chock-a-block with amnesiacs, many Americans forget how it was the US Supreme Court, a mere seven years ago, that awarded the presidency to George W. Bush, never mind that Al Gore won more votes.

    Now, as Jessica Kerry wrote in last week's Phoenix, an effort is unfolding to replace the Electoral College with the concept known as the National Popular Vote:

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  • July 09, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Blogger-labor activist Patrick Crowley, whose anti-war video had been taken down by YouTube, reports that it is back up.

    And for those seeking someone who isn't afraid to take the Bush administration to task, check this clip from MSNBC's Keith Olbermann.

  • July 03, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Matt Jerzyk, an occasional Phoenix contributor, has blogged the second quarter fundraising numbers of top Rhode Island officials, and he offers some smart handicapping as the early maneuvering continues for 2010.

  • June 29, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    We already know that the Bush White House is the most secretive administration since that of President Nixon. But here's some news for those chatting on talk-radio yesterday about President Bush's sincerity or how he's "keeping us safe" -- a viewpoint at odds with that of our own federal government:

    In the run-up to the Fourth of July, you can't ask the leader of the free world even an innocuous question without having your press credential quickly taken away.

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  • June 29, 2007
    By webteam

    A day after federal immigration legislation fell apart, William "Terry" Gorman, the founder of Rhode Islanders for Immigration Law Enforcement, also made an appearance on Newsmakers, for the show to be broadcast Sunday.

    Gorman, the subject of a profile last Sunday by Karen Lee Ziner, was ecstatic about the collapse of the immigration bill.

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  • June 27, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    From today's New York Times:

    Young Americans are more likely than the general public to favor a government-run universal health care insurance system, an open-door policy on immigration and the legalization of gay marriage, according to a New York Times/CBS News/MTV poll. The poll also found that they are more likely to say the war in Iraq is heading to a successful conclusion.

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  • June 27, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    UPDATE: Here are the details on tomorrow's planned protest:

    Peace activists from around the state are planning to hold an antiwar rally at 11:00 AM near the rotary on Connell Highway in Newport at Admiral Kalfbus Road. The rotary is close to the main entrance to the naval base where President Bush will be speaking that morning.

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  • June 25, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    As a freshman US Senator, Sheldon Whitehouse has largely made a mark in DC through his work on the controversy involving the White House and federal prosecutors. In particular, the Democrat's experience as a former US attorney and state attorney general has served him well in bird-dogging this issue.

    So perhaps Rhode Island's newspaper of record might consider it news if Whitehouse, as part of a related inquiry into the possible suppression of voting of black Ohioans during the 2004 presidential election, sought details of a potentially related internal Justice Department investigation.

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