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Prov Democratic Party Seeking Staffer

Straight from Craigslist: The Providence Democratic City Committee, a membership organization with approximately 165 members, is seeking a full-time Executive Director. This individual will report to 6-member executive committee of Providence Democratic City Committee and work with Providence residents, membership of Democratic City Committee, and

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Mollis “Master Lever” Bill On Tap

Legislation to eliminate the so-called “master lever” from Rhode Island ballots will get its first public hearing this afternoon, Wednesday, when the House Judiciary Committee meets at the Rise in Room 313 at the State House. State law currently requires ballots to include the straight-party

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People Should Know About Leo Ryan

In light of the weekend’s shooting, I thought the under-50 set might be interested in learning about the only Congressmember ever “killed in the line of duty” — Leo Ryan, who was for a little while one of the most fascinating politicians, and activists, in

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So Much For Sanity

Words have power, and so do images. It seems something must be said about the events in Arizona. True, an open society can never be completely safe, but we count on politicians and influential public figures to think before they speak and act. And while

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General Assembly Votes Going Online

Kudos to the leadership for finally making this happen: “The floor votes of the House and Senate will begin appearing on the General Assembly website on January 4, 2011, the first day of session.  The floor votes taken in both chambers on a daily basis will

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Inaugural WaterFire!

Tim mentioned this in the comments for the inauguration post below: Other inauguration day events: Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 A Basin Fire will be lit at 5:15 p.m. and burn until 7:30 p.m. “A Time to Come Together” in celebration of Inauguration Day. Governor-Elect Lincoln

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Providence Inaugural Events Schedule

Angel Taveras’s inauguration takes place on Monday, January 3rd, and will be celebrated around town with a series of events that week.  None are publicly funded, and they’re all free and open to the public, but you need to register for the biggest event —

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RI Young Dems Seeking New Board Members

Meg has this up at RIFuture: The Rhode Island Young Democrats (RIYD) are announcing an open call for applications to their organization’s leadership for the 2011-2012 term. “Serving on the Young Democrats Board of Directors for the past four years has been a truly enriching

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Wanted To Make RI A Better Place — Fernandez Dead At 46

[Additional Note: Chris Blazejewski has called a special session of Drinking Liberally tonight (Wednesday, 8pm on) at the Wild Colonial on South Water Street. Join friends to have a pint and share memories of Joe. This follows the official calling hours (4pm to 8pm) at

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Bernie’s Back!

Bernie’s making progressives proud this week, calling the Repubs and Obama out on the insane deal they’re trying to ram down the throats of progressives in Congress and the American people at large. The importance of this moment can’t be overstated — it’s a chance

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RI’s Feisty Election History On Display

The Secretary of State’s office is giving you a chance to learn more about Rhode Island’s political past by visiting a free exhibit in downtown Providence. “Rhode Island Votes: A Lively Look at Election History” features early voting machines, campaign buttons, voter guides, newspaper stories,

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Good Advice From Fitzpatrick

Columnist Edward Fitzpatrick has a good column in today’s Providence Journal, “Advice for freshman legislators”. The piece includes an amusing glossary of terms, useful to State House watchers as well as the newly elected members of the general assembly. Fitzpatrick highlights two incoming reps at

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Casinos On The Moon

What is it with 30 Rock and Rhode Island politics? On tonight’s episode Jack (Alec Baldwin) backs constitutional originalist Steve Austin in his candidacy for the congressional seat currently held by Regina Bookman (Queen Latifa) hoping to reduce government oversight and interference. The extremity of

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Quarterback Controversy: Shuler V Pelosi

As Heath Shuler makes his play against Nancy Pelosi, let’s just remember what he’s most famous for in the minds of people in metro-DC:  Losing a quarterback controversy — as the #3 over-all pick — to Gus Frerotte, who, in turn, was most notable for

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Help Turn Out Vote for Progressive Candidates

The Progressive Leadership Fund just made its final endorsements for the House and Senate.  They’re below, along with some volunteer opportunities after the jump.  Chuck Levesque’s race (he’s one of the 2 or 3 most progressive senators) is where you can probably make the biggest