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The Rhode Island Democratic Party does not deserve the name. In this one-party state, where Democrats outnumber Republicans in the state legislature by a 10:1 margin, anyone who wants to become powerful is a Democrat. What does it mean to be a Democrat here? Nothing. Could mean you are a progressive of the Elizabeth Warren […]

Mexico

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On July 5, 2013

Doing a bit of travel writing on my month in Mexico for RI Future. Put up my first entry today on the Tlatelolco Massacre of 1968 and the perils of the 1-party state, both in Mexico and Rhode Island.

Rhode Island in a Nutshell

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On June 22, 2013
Former Providence mayor (for 21 years!) and now talk show blowhard Buddy Cianci, in the New York Times magazine: Q:You once said you were convicted of being mayor of Providence. Admittedly, they got you on very petty offenses. A: Oh, it was nickel and dime. They convicted me because an aide of mine took a […]

Equality

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On April 24, 2013

The Rhode Island Senate has passed a marriage equality bill by a 26-12 vote. Governor Lincoln Chaffee has already come out in support of it. After a long battle played out within the bizarre entity kn

Schilling

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On May 16, 2012
Principled Tea Partier Curt Schilling: Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling asked Rhode Island for additional help to save his video game company Wednesday, prompting state leaders to consider whether the firm is viable enough to justify further investment. Schilling, an ESPN baseball analyst, briefed Gov. Lincoln Chafee and the state’s Economic Development Corp. board […]

You Will Never Retire

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On December 8, 2011

The most depressing local story in my time in Rhode Island is the state government move to slash pension for state workers. A bipartisan effort, led by Governor Lincoln Chaffee but with significant he

Debt

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On August 13, 2011

Sarah Jaffe has an excellent if depressing piece about the recent spike in consumer debt: So why the jump in buying on credit, if people still don’t have money to spend? Carlos X. Alexandre at S

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