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Xaykham ‘Xay’ Khamsyvoravong / PBN PHOTO/DAVID HANSEN

Five Questions with Xay Khamsyvoravong

Xaykham ‘Xay’ Khamsyvoravong | Mayor of Newport 1. What is the most pressing issue facing Newport you would like to address?Newport needs to remain a place where...

Talking it out may ease political rifts

Simmering tension in American politics came to a head two years ago, when a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol to try to overthrow the...
THE EXTERIOR of Providence City Hall won't change, but many of the people who make decisions inside the building will. Come January, newcomers will fill nearly half of the City Council seats and there will also be a new mayor. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

Enormous turnover among Providence leaders is unchartered territory

The Providence City Council is on the brink of a massive shift, with nearly half of its members leaving office at the end of...

Inflation will stay despite election results

Soaring inflation was the top issue for a lot of voters heading into the midterms, with most saying Republicans would do a better job...

Some polarization is good, but this is bad

For the first time, the U.S. has been classified as a “backsliding democracy” in a global assessment of democratic societies by the International Institute...
FUTURE ASPIRATIONS: Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza has had to deal with a recent spate of public safety issues in the city while also considering a run for governor in 2022. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Fighting crime complicated by upcoming election

The wave of highly publicized crimes that has swept through Providence in recent months has prompted no shortage of calls for action, but looming...
JACKS OF ALL TRADES: Because Rhode Island’s General Assembly serves part time, the 75 representatives and 38 senators make their living in a variety of other ways, including as lawyers, teachers, bankers, public employees and health care workers. Fifteen are retirees. The “other” category includes two stay-at-home parents, two farmers, a carpenter, a landscaper, a law student and a Ph.D. student. Four citizen legislators are featured on Pages 14 and 15. / SOURCE: R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY OFFICIALS  /  ILLUSTRATION: PBN/ANNE EWING

DOUBLE DUTY: Should R.I.’s citizen legislature become a full-time body?

Every year, Rhode Island’s 113-member citizen legislature has plenty to pack into a six-month session. This year has been no different. Major issues debated include...

HR comes knocking after D.C. riot

Can you be fired for joining a violent mob that storms the Capitol? Of course you can. Among the jarring images of white insurrectionists who broke...

Social media has left us more isolated, tribal

About a year ago I began to follow my interest in health and fitness on Instagram. Soon I began to see more and more...

This much is certain: president’s term ends Jan. 20

With so much unclear about the upcoming presidential election, it’s nice to know that there is one absolute certainty. Mail-in ballots may take a long...
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