Rhode Island's "Independent Man"

They say you can't go home again. But every year, PJM Middle East editor Allison Kaplan Sommer leaves the heated politically-charged environment in Israel for the cool crisp breezes, peaceful atmosphere, and fall foliage of her native Rhode Island for a change of scenery. This year, however, she arrived to find her home state hotter than usual, as the race between Lincoln Chafee and Sheldon Whitehouse is a critical factor in whether or not the Democrats succeed in their quest to control the Senate. ( Continued )