On Politics

Rhode Island Public Radio's political blog. Scott MacKay and Ian Donnis keep you up-to-date with the latest in political news from around Rhode Island.

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On Politics
4:57 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

The temperature is rising, the General Assembly's budget vote is drawing closer, and a PawSox deal still hangs in the balance. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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On Politics
3:51 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

A Providence Slavery Center in Old Episcopal Cathedral

Rhode Island’s Episcopal Church is about to unveil plans for a museum and teaching center dedicated to the slave trade. The state has a long and difficult history of involvement  in slavery.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay discussed the proposal with Episcopal Bishop Nicholas Knisely, whose wife happens to work for Rhode Island Public Radio. 

St. John’s Cathedral, once the nation’s oldest cathedral parish, sits empty today in a forlorn reminder of onetime greatness.

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Political Roundtable
8:54 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Bonus Q+A: Cicilline On His First Bill, D.C. Gridlock, And More

Congressman David Cicilline (D) recently passed his first standalone bill since first winning election to Congress. He stopped by Rhode Island Public Radio studios to discuss that, partisan gridlock, ISIS and other issues. 

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On Politics
1:34 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Ruggerio Proposing Tax Stabilization Plan for 195 District

Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

In a bold move, Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio (D-Providence) submitted legislation Thursday proposing tax stabilization standards for the 195 District in Providence.

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On Politics
5:19 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Lucchino, Guardedly, Says PawSox are Pursuing Renegotiation for Providence Ballpark

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As one of the most recognized figures in Major League Baseball, Larry Lucchino has enjoyed exhilarating peaks -- like the Boston Red Sox' remarkable post-season triumph in 2004.

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