George W. Bush http://ripr.org en The inconvenient master lever truth http://ripr.org/post/inconvenient-master-lever-truth <p>Providence is Rhode Island’s most diverse municipality. The capital city is home to just about every segment of &nbsp;Rhode Island’s rich ethnic, racial and socio-economic &nbsp;mix.</p><p>Thus Providence is a reliable prism through which to view the never-ending debate over the master lever. What the data show is that the some of the proponents of abolishing it have, as &nbsp;Ricky Riccardo used to say to Lucy on the old Lucille Balll Show, ``some 'splanin to do.’’</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:42:54 +0000 Scott MacKay 33879 at http://ripr.org The inconvenient master lever truth Chafee's departure http://ripr.org/post/chafees-departure <p></p><p>In a Rhode Island political career spanning nearly 30 years, Lincoln Davenport &nbsp;Chafee has marched, Thoreau-like, to his own drummer. This afternoon, the state’s 74<sup>th</sup> governor, a man who tried to do his best in the worst of times, showed the state once again that he follows his own compass,<a href="http://ripr.org/post/chafee-drops-out-ris-2014-race-governor"> announcing&nbsp; he will not seek reelection in 2014 to the governorship he won narrowly in 2010</a>.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:05:08 +0000 Scott MacKay 21144 at http://ripr.org