RI general assembly http://ripr.org en Where are the women in Mattiello leadership choices? http://ripr.org/post/where-are-women-mattiello-leadership-choices <p>Nick Mattiello has only been House Speaker for two days. So it may not be fair to criticize his committee and leadership choices; he had to throw together his team very quickly.</p><p>But it hasn’t escaped notice that Mattiello’s new team has given women lawmakers short shrift.</p><p>The new speaker has named three committee chairs: Ray Gallison, D-Bristol, takes over the House Finance Committee; Cale Keable, D-Burrillville, assumes control of the Judiciary Committee; and Robert Craven, D-North Kingstown becomes the new chairman of the Municipal Affairs Committee.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:39:51 +0000 Scott MacKay 31192 at http://ripr.org Time to try something new on Smith Hill? http://ripr.org/post/time-try-something-new-smith-hill <p>The stench of corruption has once again encircled the Rhode Island State House. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it may be time to try something different on Smith Hill.</p><p>Unless you have been living in one of those 1950s-era nuclear bomb shelters, or the old East Side tunnel, you’ve probably heard of the latest Statehouse scandal. The state police and federal IRS and FBI agents raided the offices of House Speaker Gordon Fox 10 days ago. The next day he abruptly resigned.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:18:53 +0000 Scott MacKay 31190 at http://ripr.org Mattiello, new RI speaker, cleans House, starts anew amid old RI dealings http://ripr.org/post/mattiello-new-ri-speaker-cleans-house-starts-anew-amid-old-ri-dealings <p>UPDATE: Williams (Labor) Ajello (Judiciary) Melo (Finance) out as committee chairs as Mattiello takes over.</p><p>As has been the case since its days as a British colony, Rhode Island’s florid political culture is once again enmeshed in upheaval because of chicanery in high places.</p><p>The abrupt demise of Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox of Providence means another episode of &nbsp;&nbsp;`As the Rhode Island Statehouse turns.’</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:23:17 +0000 Scott MacKay 30973 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Is Fox Yet Another RI Rascal Pol? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-fox-yet-another-ri-rascal-pol <p>Once again, Rhode Island is attracting national attention for all the wrong reasons. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts about the federal raid on Speaker Gordon Fox’s office.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The specter of corruption in high political office haunts Rhode Island. As it has seemingly forever. For a state still in the grip of the recession, there are few things worse than the scene at the Statehouse Friday.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:01:19 +0000 Scott MacKay 30844 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Is Fox Yet Another RI Rascal Pol? Rep. Ray Hull Mulling Providence Mayoral Bid http://ripr.org/post/rep-ray-hull-mulling-providence-mayoral-bid <p>State Rep. Ray Hull, D-Providence is seriously considering running for the Democratic nomination for mayor in the Sept. 9 primary.</p><p>Hull is &nbsp;a Providence police sergeant who represents House District 6, which takes in parts of the neighborhoods of Manton, Mount Pleasant and Fruit Hill near the Providence College campus.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:11:23 +0000 Scott MacKay 30636 at http://ripr.org Time for Clay Pell to Step Away from The Car http://ripr.org/post/time-clay-pell-step-away-car <p>Whither Clay Pell’s campaign for governor? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts.</p><p>How do you know your campaign is in trouble: When your car is getting more attention than your ideas.</p><p>That’s what’s happening to the infant campaign of Clay Pell, who would like to be our next governor.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:31:44 +0000 Scott MacKay 30373 at http://ripr.org Chafee: `Pot for Potholes'' ? http://ripr.org/post/chafee-pot-potholes <ul><li>Gov. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:53:17 +0000 Scott MacKay 29625 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The New RI Public Pension Reality http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-new-ri-public-pension-reality <p>In the famous words of Yogi Berra, `it ain’t over till its over.’ RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why that’s the case with the latest twist in Rhode Island’s public employee pension settlement.</p><p></p><p></p><p>In many a long legal &nbsp;battle, a settlement reached out of court marks the end of a contentious lawsuit. The opposing parties shake hands and sometimes share an odd drop. Then they put the dispute behind them.</p> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:56:29 +0000 Scott MacKay 29230 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The New RI Public Pension Reality The Politics of the RI Pension Settlement http://ripr.org/post/politics-ri-pension-settlement <p>In most protracted court battles, a settlement reached after tortuous year-long negotiations marks the end of a lawsuit and allows the parties to move forward. Often the lawyers celebrate and perhaps even share an odd drop together.</p><p>That wasn’t the case Friday. The &nbsp;proposed legal settlement between the state and the unions that represent public school teachers and state employees and retirees is just the beginning of a cumbersome ratification process that is sure to become ensnared in what is shaping up as a contentious political campaign season in Rhode Island.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:31:50 +0000 Scott MacKay 29162 at http://ripr.org Pension settlement and the General Assembly: Is it doomed this year? http://ripr.org/post/pension-settlement-and-general-assembly-it-doomed-year <p>What everyone in the Rhode Island political swirl should understand about the state pension overhaul settlement details that are due for release tomorrow: This is very likely to be only the beginning of a protracted process.</p><p>One thing we know for sure. Even if it is fair and reasonable, not everyone is going to like it. Some unionized state employees and teachers will not be satisfied with anything less than a full restoration of the pension benefits that were sliced dramatically in the 2011 special General Assembly pension session.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:21:01 +0000 Scott MacKay 28979 at http://ripr.org