Charlie Black http://ripr.org en Rhode Island and Leibovich's `This Town' http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-and-leibovichs-town <p>John O.&nbsp; Pastore was a legendary Rhode Island political figure, the son of immigrants and the first Italian-American elected as a governor and a U.S. Senator. A dominant figure in state politics, Pastore had a distinguished 26-year tenure&nbsp; in the Senate and never lost an election in a long career that began in the doldrums of the Great Depression in the General Assembly and ended with his decision in 1976 to retire rather than run again for a seat he would have easily kept.</p> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 17:24:40 +0000 Scott MacKay 20238 at http://ripr.org