Congressman Patrick Kennedy

Congressman Patrick Kennedy represents the 1st District of Rhode Island in the United States Congress.

Recent Articles

Nationwide SB 1070 for Muslims: On the Books Since 2002.

Earlier today here on the Prospect, Matt Duss made the argument for viewing political Islam rationally, pointing out that, despite what we’re told, Islamism does not equal our enemy:

Given the amount of right-wing energy being spent scaring Americans about extremist Muslims under their beds and "creeping Sharia" phantoms in their closets, such a shift in posture toward engaging with Islamists is far easier talked about than implemented. But this is a policy fight that the administration must take on. Casting "Islamism" writ large as inherently violent and irretrievably hostile to democracy is not only incorrect; it’s also strategically short-sighted.


Hey, readers. My name’s Channing Kennedy, and I’ll be your guest blogger this week here at the Prospect, on loan from Can I say how excited I am to be here? I am very excited.

Pushing Parity

Congress is poised to end insurance discrimination against people with mental illnesses.

During my 14 years in Congress, I've had the opportunity to meet incredible people and hear amazing stories of triumph, heroism, and bravery. While these remarkable stories may grab a headline in the morning's paper or a brief spot on the evening news, it is the so-called "unremarkable" stories I hear every day that really stay with me -- the stories of people who are fighting for health-insurance coverage.