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Progressive Dems Open Headquarters

(7.6) Exciting things are in the works here in Rhode Island. Job One? Fix the General Assembly. This fall, complacent, entrenched incumbents are facing primary challenges from motivated and qualified candidates . . . real Democrats! Much of the credit goes to Sam Bell and

Congress Finally Agrees On Something — Doing Nothing

A small victory for the good guys. With some help from the not-so-good guys. Barring a last-minute compromise when the Senate returns to session on May 31st, a controversial provision of the Patriot Act authorizing the NSA collection of phone records will sunset on that

David (Segal) Beats Goliath — Victory For Net Neutrality

This was huge! One for the good guys . . .  the common folk . . . the humble blogger (moi) who was definitely going to be priced out of the high-speed lane. And yesterday, activists celebrated the FCC decision to regulate the internet as

Mail Ballots Are Vulnerable To Fraud

In today’s ProJo, Steven Frias — writer, lawyer, and Rhode Island’s Republican National Committeeman — suggests we need to tighten up the current mail ballot system. His analysis of the city’s last mayoral election makes for very interesting reading. The voting patterns in the South

Harrop To Vote For Elorza — And You Should Too

The stakes have never been higher.  We have compiled some last minute talking points for convincing drunk uncle and dopey grandma who still can’t believe Buddy came to the wake that time and he was so nice. ~Cianci has been actively currying favor with Muslim

Cianci Rape Allegation Finds Traction With Younger Voters

For most people considering the Providence mayoral race it is not necessary to go back further than 2002 when Judge Earnest Torres sentenced Buddy Cianci to 5 years 4 months in federal prison saying that the outgoing mayor had . . . ”presided over an

Elorza Fundraiser At RWP Casino

(10.30) Do not get complacent, people! Yes, that last poll felt good, but do not relax. This is too important. The mail ballot system is under attack — just like in 1982 — let’s not have this come down to counting and verifying individual mail

Cianci Campaign Sinks To New Lows

Intimidating the homeless. (Somebody get Jimmy Carter on the phone . . . now!) According to the Providence Journal, The state police are investigating possible ballot tampering at the state’s largest homeless shelter after two “official-looking men with clipboards” entered Crossroads Rhode Island on Wednesday

Elorza Plays The Columbus

(10.23) And it’s free. The good people over at the Columbus Theatre have organized a great night of music (natch) but they also have an agenda — one that involves the future of Providence. This event will present an opportunity for Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge

Mayoral Candidates At Rochambeau

(10.9) The PCL will host a forum with mayoral candidates Thursday at the Rochambeau Library.  Don’t miss this opportunity to question mayoral candidates Jorge Elorza (D), Daniel Harrop (R), and Buddy Cianci (I) before Election Day! Doors will open at 5:30pm, 30 minutes before the

Register To Vote, Last Day

(10.5) If you care about the future of Providence, you must elect Jorge Elorza to be the next mayor. But you must be registered by today, Sunday, October 5th! Residents of Providence can go to: 8am to 1pm, Office of the Secretary of State, 148

Voter Registration At Columbus Theatre

(10.4) Register to vote today, Saturday, October 4th, at the Columbus Theatre! (Tomorrow is the deadline for registering to vote in the crucial November election. Don’t let Nana pick the next mayor.) The good people over at the Columbus Theatre and their excellent and motivated

Voter ID In Effect — Primary Day

(9.9) The new Voter ID requirement will be in effect tomorrow at the Rhode Island polls. Don’t forget to thank the “Democrats” of our general assembly for giving Ann Coulter ammunition about Voter ID not being a Republican initiative (and if you can vote against

Going, Going . . . The ProJo Circles The Drain

So let’s get this straight — Bob Kerr is out, but Patinkin stays? Apparently Mr. Kerr should have spent more time writing about his kids leaving wet towels on the floor. Word spread quickly this week that Providence Journal columnist Bob Kerr had been unceremoniously

Up To 40 ProJo Employees On The Chopping Block

The Providence Business News reports that, according to an asset purchase agreement filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the new owners of the Providence Journal will be looking to cut up to 40 employees from the payroll. In other words, the buyer, GateHouse

ProJo Sold — Be Afraid

My dreams of a benevolent, progressive billionaire riding in on a white Prius have been dashed. A. H. Belo has agreed to sell the Providence Journal and its production facility, for $46 million in cash, to New Media Investment Group Inc., the parent company of