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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The National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund is using its general election endorsements to mostly support General Assembly incumbents, although the group also backs a challenger to one House incumbent, and favors Republican candidates in the races for three of six open House seats.

In Cranston, the NRA's Political Victory Fund supported House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello (with an A+ rating) over GOP challenger Steven Frias (who has a B rating.)

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A Kansas City design firm, Pendulum Studio, has been selected to study the future of McCoy Stadium and the area around the ballpark. The company is supposed to releases its findings by the end of next January.

The study by Pendulum Studio is meant to develop a plan and cost estimates for enhancing McCoy Stadium and the surrounding area. Many fans love the 74-year-old ballpark, but attendance for the Triple A PawSox has declined over recent seasons.

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Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein approved Friday the latest settlement over the failure of 38 Studios. Under terms of the deal, an insurance policy for Curt Schilling and three other company executives will pay the state $2.5 million.

The settlement was announced earlier this week. The mediator in the case said given the uncertainty of a trial, it was better for the state to accept the settlement.

Courtesy of the Shelton family

Henry Shelton, a Roman Catholic priest turned social justice and political activist, longtime voice in Rhode Island for those who had none, passionate advocate for the poor and dispossessed  and thorn in the side of the state’s business and political establishment, died Wednesday at home in Cranston surrounded by his family. He was 86.

Katherine Gregg, who was reassigned last month from her longtime beat at the Statehouse, has been named the Providence Journal's political reporter, covering major stories and the state's congressional delegation, RIPR has learned.

Gregg will work from the ProJo's downtown office on Fountain Street as part of the new assignment. She declined to comment when contacted by RIPR.

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Morning Consult's latest survey of the nation's governors shows that Gina Raimondo's approval/disapproval track has slipped slightly, to 38 percent/55 percent. The poll of registered voters has a six percentage point margin of error.

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Former Red Sox star Curt Schilling and three other former 38 Studios executives have reached a preliminary $2.5 million settlement with the State of Rhode Island over the failure of the video-game company in 2012.

Tuesday's (predictably) low-turnout primary (surprisingly) punched above its weight in offering a lot of grist for the political mill. So let's get right to it, after the obligatory reminder that your tips and comments are welcome, and that you can follow me through the week on the twitters.

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A recount by the state Board of Elections Friday morning showed that first-time candidate Marcia Ranglin-Vassell beat House Majority Leader John DeSimone by 21 votes, rather than her initial margin of 17.

The Elections Board attributed the change to the inclusion of provisional ballots. The final tally was 682-661.

Ranglin-Vassell surprised Rhode Island's political community by upsetting DeSimone, a 24-year incumbent, earlier this week.

State Rep. Mike Chippendale (R-Foster) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss 38 Studios, the impact of future tolls on fall elections, and a host of other legislative issues.

  In bad news for the Rhode Island economy, the unemployment rate inched up to 5.6 percent in August  from 5.5 percent in July and the Ocean State-based jobs dropped by 700, according to data released today by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training.

The state jobless rate was higher than the national unemployment rate, which stood at 4.9 percent. The DLT also said the data shows that the July job losses, the state has about 5,800 more jobs than at this time last year.

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A Providence police investigation of the August 24th accident in which a Peter Pan bus driver hit and killed a Cumberland woman in Kennedy Plaza has resulted in no criminal charges against driver Matthew Reidy of Taunton, Mass.

Michelle Cagnon, 30, of Cumberland was struck by a bus operated by Reidy as she was walking on Washington St. in Kennedy Plaza.  She died as a result of the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene. The decision against criminal charges came after what police called “an extensive” investigation and reconstruction of the events that led to her death.

Political newcomer Jason Knight defeated veteran State Rep. Jan Malik in the District 67 Democratic primary by winning a huge victory in the two Barrington precincts, even as Knight lost the two polling places in Malik’s Warren stronghold.

Elisabeth Harrison

In Tuesday's primary, Rhode Island voters ousted House Majority Leader John DeSimone and five other incumbents. Progressive Democrats picked up three wins, and mayors in North Providence and Woonsocket won re-election. Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Analyst Scott MacKay discusses these results and more with Host Chuck Hinman.

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