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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
6:14 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

TGIF: 14 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

With more than a hint of fall in the air, the general election candidates are driving toward the finish line. So sit back, take a read of my weekly notes, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and take a gander at the twitters. Here we go.

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3:18 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Providence's Titanic Mayoral Campaign

The Providence mayoral campaign, aka the Buddy Cianci redemption effort, is drawing national media attention. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks about the paths to victory for   independent Cianci and Democrat Jorge Elorza.

Cianci, Elorza and Republican Dan Harrop faced off in their first campaign debate last week at Laurelmead, ran East Side elderly housing complex. There was more heat than light as Elorza, a former city Housing Court judge, and Harrop, a psychiatrist, attacked Cianci’s record as one of New England’s infamously corrupt politicians.

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3:28 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Mack Woodward retiring from RI Historical Preservation Commission

After nearly four decades as a member of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, William McKenzie Woodward is retiring from his post as the commission’s principal  architectural historian.

Universally known as ``Mack,’’ Woodward has been a linchpin in the state’s and Providence’s efforts to preserve historic structures.  He has used lectures, tours and such publications as his `Providence: A Citywide Survey of Historic Resources’ and the Providence Preservation Society’s guide to the city’s historic architecture.  

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On Politics
2:36 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Reed, Whitehouse, Cicilline & Langevin Staging Fundraiser for Elorza

Cianci (left) and Elorza during the debate at Laurelmead.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

In a sign of how Rhode Island's Democratic establishment is closing ranks around Jorge Elorza as he competes with Buddy Cianci to be the next mayor of Providence, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Representatives David Cicilline and Jim Langevin are hosting an October 2 fundraiser for Elorza at the Providence Marriott on Orms Street.

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2:53 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

How Fung's positions helped Raimondo with organized labor

The Rhode Island AFL-CIO’s COPE (Committee on Political Education) convention that was held in Providence last Friday decided to put the labor organization on record against Republican Allan Fung’s campaign for governor.

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1:20 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

SEIU 1199 NE Backs Raimondo

In a sign of more labor support for Gina Raimondo's Democratic gubernatorial run, Service Employees International Union, 1199 NE, has endorsed Raimondo. The union represents more than 4,000 healthcare and service workers in Rhod Island.

In a statement, 1199's executive president, Patrick Quinn, says, “Gina Raimondo understands that the private sector and the public sector need to work in tandem for the economy to grow. Strategic investment in people and industries are the way to grow the RI economy and close the growing income gap."

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On Politics
6:10 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

TGIF: 20 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Did Rhode Island's primary election on Tuesday reflect a repudiation of the status quo or a reinforcement of political norms? A fair bit of each, as it turns out, dear reader. So consider the evidence presented below, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and stay tuned on the twitters for more of my dispatches as we move toward November 4. 

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4:17 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Raimondo Has The Edge Over Fung At Start Of Governor's Race

Gina Raimondo announcing her run for Governor in January.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The primaries are over and now it’s time for the main event. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the Rhode Island campaign for governor.

Rhode Island voters will make history in November by choosing either Republican Allan Fung or Democrat Gina Raimondo as their next governor. Raimondo would be the first woman governor;  Fung would be the first Asian-American.

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5:46 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Cianci Downplays Impact of Democrats Lining Up For Elorza

Credit Ian Donnis / RINPR

Buddy Cianci calls himself the best qualified person to be the next mayor of Providence, and says he's not concerned about Rhode Island Democrats lining up behind his chief rival in the November 4 election, Jorge Elorza.

Cianci made the statement Wednesday at a news conference kicking off his general election campaign.

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7:36 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Rhode Island Primary Winners And Losers

Credit RIPR FILE

Every election has winners and losers. Yesterday’s Rhode Island primaries fit that mold on steroids.

On the Republican side, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung forged a comfortable win over Ken Block, the angry Barrington businessman. The GOP primary voters favored a mayor who had a record against an outsider who promised little more than putting the bully in Bully Pulpit and campaigned as if being governor was all about arousing public opinion to fight the Statehouse establishment.

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