Mitt Romney en Rhode Island and Leibovich's `This 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 Romney the sore loser <p>Has there ever been a defeated presidential candidate any less gracious than Mitt Romney? Or has he been sucking on a lemon since his loss to President Obama last week?</p><p>In a conference call with large campaign donors Wednesday, the defeated Republican candidate blamed his loss on “big gifts’’ that the president has been giving out to “the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people’’ as well as to women during his first term.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 8498 at The 11 top families of Rhode Island politics <p>When Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009, it marked the first time in about 20 years that a Bush or Clinton didn’t occupy the White House. Obama’s rival in this year’s presidential race, Mitt Romney, is another member of<a href=""> the political dynasty club</a>.</p> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 17:29:24 +0000 Ian Donnis 8521 at Mitt Romney’s tough challenge <p>As the weeks dwindle down toward the general election showdown, Mitt Romney seems to be running on empty. Romney’s dilemma is that he can’t seem to boast about his business or political career without chewing on his toes. The latest in a long string of incautious statements is that the middle class in the U.S. comprises those earning between $200,000 and $250,000 annually. This comes in the wake of the Olympics insult to the British and the swing and miss comments about the latest Middle East diplomatic mess.</p> Sun, 16 Sep 2012 19:58:47 +0000 Scott MacKay 8588 at Cicilline, Gemma camps use Ryan pick to try to nationalize the RI-CD1 race against Doherty <p>The Democratic campaigns of Congressman <a href=";CFTOKEN=30001722">David Cicilline </a>and <a href="">Anthony Gemma </a>are using Mitt Romney’s VP pick of House Budget chairman Paul Ryan in an attempt to discredit Republican challenger <a href="">Brendan Doherty</a>. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 18:35:31 +0000 Ian Donnis 8801 at Doherty walks a fine line in backing Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan <p>As might be expected, GOP congressional candidate Brendan Doherty is applauding Mitt Romney’s VP selection of Paul Ryan while disavowing some of the things Ryan supports:</p> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 18:31:59 +0000 Ian Donnis 8800 at This week in education <ul><li>Mitt Romney details his <a href="" target="_blank">plan</a> for public education, which includes vouchers for parents who want to send their children to private schools.</li><li>The Feds propose rules for a third round of <a href="" target="_blank">Race to the Top </a>grants. Fri, 25 May 2012 18:29:33 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 8410 at