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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
3:18 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Who’s the next mayor of Providence? 16 names to consider

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo could be headed for a seismic clash in the 2014 Democratic primary for governor. If that happens, who will be in the hunt to suceeed Taveras at City Hall?

To stand a shot, candidates will need to build a strong East Side base while develping crosstown support. Being a solid fundraiser is important, although not necessarily decisive, considering how Taveras was outspent by Steven Costantino in 2010.

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On Politics
3:15 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

See you in a few weeks, dear readers

I’m taking a few weeks off to get married and absorb the shock of no longer being a single man (just kidding, honey).

Scott will keep the blog rolling, and I’ll be back in time for the closing phase of primaries for CD1 and the General Assembly.

On Politics
2:23 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Making legislative races into must-see TV

The Providence Journal remains the best-staffed local news organization when it comes to covering the Statehouse. But there’s nothing quite like subjecting lawmakers (and their would-be successors) to tough questions and the unblinking eye of a TV camera.

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On Politics
1:26 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

RI Labor History Society to honor URI’s Molloy

URI professor Scott Molloy, one of the state’s most articulate and knowledgeable voices on labor history, is getting some props:

University of Rhode Island Professor Scott Molloy will be honored by the Rhode Island Labor History Society during its 25th annual awards banquet, Aug. 23.

The event, “A Celebration of Labor Day in Rhode Island,” will be held at the Roger Williams Park Casino in Providence. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Donation is $25 for individuals or $250 for a table of 10.

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On Politics
12:29 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Medina charged with unauthorized practice of law

State Representative Leo Medina, a Providence Democrat, is being formally charged on previous accusations of practicing law without a license. A Supreme Court committee last year referred the case to the attorney general’s office for investigation.

This from the AG’s office:

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On Politics
2:35 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Cicilline, Gemma camps use Ryan pick to try to nationalize the RI-CD1 race against Doherty

The Democratic campaigns of Congressman David Cicilline and Anthony Gemma are using Mitt Romney’s VP pick of House Budget chairman Paul Ryan in an attempt to discredit Republican challenger Brendan Doherty.

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On Politics
2:31 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Doherty walks a fine line in backing Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan

As might be expected, GOP congressional candidate Brendan Doherty is applauding Mitt Romney’s VP selection of Paul Ryan while disavowing some of the things Ryan supports:

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On Politics
3:39 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Langevin will run “as long as the people want me to serve”

 Congressman Jim Langevin won his office 12 years ago, emerging from a four-way Democratic primary that included some young guy named Angel Taveras.

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On Politics
2:43 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Chafee names Land as receiver for 38 Studios

Here’s the release from the office of Governor Lincoln Chafee:

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee today announced that attorney Richard J. Land will serve as 38 Studios’ Receiver as the Governor and the State of Rhode Island work to recoup as many taxpayer dollars as possible. Mr. Land has served as a court-appointed Receiver for a variety of businesses and has represented clients in all levels of state court in Rhode Island, in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, and the United State Bankruptcy Court for the District of Rhode Island.

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On Politics
1:50 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Don’t overstate the importance of money in a Raimondo-Taveras gubernatorial showdown in 2014

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s impressive fundraising prowess will be among her assets if — as many expect – she runs for governor in 2014. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, another prospective contender for the post,lagged behind Raimondo ($258,155) in Q2 even though he had solid numbers ($114,810).

But money isn’t everything in some contests, and there’s no guarantee the candidate with the biggest war chest will win the next gubernatorial election.

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