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  •  As a Providence resident who despises Cicilline (11+ / 0-)

    I would not describe his path as "insurmountable." He was strengthened in redistricting, with blue-collar areas around Elmhurst being moved to the other district and replaced with dark-blue South Providence (which should have relatively high turnout due to the presidential election). map

    He has been fundraising at a healthy clip, and from my experience, his constituent services aren't half bad. Yes, many people, myself included, are angry at how he governed the city. And if he gets a progressive primary challenger (not Gemma!) I will vote for that person in a heartbeat. But he does have a path to re-election, if not an easy one.

    21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

    by sapelcovits on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 06:32:47 AM PST

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    •  He is doing all the right things (1+ / 0-)
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      And I think Doherty may be a horrible candidate but, as you're painfully aware of, the Providence situation isn't something that's going away and will be on the front pages daily.  This has nothing to do with how I feel about him, I was behind Segal last time but I'm quite pleased with Cicilline as a Congressman.
      I don't see any one other than Gemma who might take him on in a primary and I think he just likes to see his name in the ProJo and won't actually run.
      While it may not be insurmountable, Cicilline has a huge uphill climb and polls like this will start bringing republican $$$$ to town.
      On the other hand  I might be out of step with RI Democrats; I am far from impressed with Taveras and Raimondo, they've inflicted huge damage on retirees and the poor.  They spend way too much time with the Commodores Club and EngageRI both of which the world would be a much better place without.

      •  Wasn't the Projo supposed to switch to (0+ / 0-)

        paid subscribers only service? when's that happening? it's a rag; shame we have no alternative major paper.

        Full disclosure: I voted for Cicilline in the 2010 primary (sorry about that!). I was unhappy with the way he dealt with the 2007 snowstorm among other things but didn't like the alternatives and wanted another openly LGBT congressman.

        21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

        by sapelcovits on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 08:35:08 AM PST

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        •  ProJo Columnist Froma Harrop.... (0+ / 0-)

          ...is one of my favorites.  She's all I know about the Providence Journal but is enough to get the thumbs up from me.

          •  The columnists aren't that bad (0+ / 0-)

            but the editorial board is conservative and the reporting and writing is often subpar. Harrop is nationally syndicated so she could get a job anywhere.

            21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

            by sapelcovits on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 09:47:44 AM PST

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        •  I think it's today (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm a 7 day subscriber and got a letter over the weekend telling me that I need to (once again) sign-up for web access.
          I dropped them for 2 years after they endorsed Bush for a 2nd term and went with the Globe but ultimately re-upped.  Their local news coverage has improved greatly.
          Harrop is excellent but she is offset by Achorn who I think is our own little Krauthammer.  
          Its funny about the editorials; every once in a while they'll take a clearly progressive position on something.  Maybe Achorn was at the country club that day.

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