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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
4:08 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Elorza pledges `New Providence' In His Inaugural Address

Mayor Jorge Elorza pledged to build a `New Providence’  amid an improving economy  as he delivered his inaugural address this afternoon on the chilly, sun-splashed steps  of Providence’s Beaux-Arts City Hall.

Elorza, the second consecutive mayor of Latino descent tied his immigrant family’s journey  with Providence’s history as a welcoming city for generations of the newly arrived and emphasized the need for a new economic order.

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On Politics
5:01 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

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

Happy New Year! Is it the dawn of a new era in Rhode Island, or just a fresh path to more of the same? The answers will come in the months and years ahead, and we'll be following them here each week. So thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to drop me a tip or comment at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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On Politics
3:51 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

The Providence crime myth

Unless you were living in the abandoned East Side tunnel during the Providence mayoral campaign, you listened to round after round of desultory electioneering rhetoric about high crime in the city.

One of the delicious ironies of the mayoral tilt was Buddy Cianci, who knows his way around a prison cell, fueling fears about crime on the campaign circuit and in Tee Vee spots, going after Jorge Elorza for a teen-aged shoplifting incident.

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On Politics
4:06 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Rhode Island's 15 Top Unanswered Political Questions for 2015

The New Year is here, so let's review the top political questions facing Rhode Island in 2015.

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On Politics
2:26 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Scott MacKay Commentary: Elorza's Inauguration Day Challenges And Opportunities

Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza takes office Monday, January 5th.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Jorge Elorza this afternoon will be inaugurated Providence’s mayor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the challenges the new mayor faces.

After impressive primary and general election  victories, law professor Elorza takes over the spacious second-floor office in the capital city’s Beaux-Arts City Hall. Since his election he has wisely reached out to the city’s warring political and ethnic tribes as he prepares to govern a 21st Century ancient New England port that had its beginnings in the 17th Century.

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On Politics
4:15 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

80th Anniversary of the day that changed RI politics forever

Eighty years ago, Rhode Island Democrats took over state government with one fell swoop in a coup that became known as the Bloodless Revolution. The event has set the template for Rhode Island politics ever since.

In just 14 minutes at the State House on New Year’s Day, 1935, the Democrats took control of the General Assembly, replaced the entire Rhode Island Supreme Court,  consigned to the dustbin of history more than 80 boards and commissions and fired Republican appointees who had run state government forever.

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On Politics
1:48 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

12 Takeaways From Gina Raimondo Before She Becomes Governor

The Gina Raimondo era in Rhode Island government starts with her inauguration as governor next Tuesday.

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1:29 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Raimondo Appoints Rader Wallack to Head HealthSource RI

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo has replaced Christine Ferguson as the head of HealthSourceRI, replacing her with Anya Rader Wallack. RIPR reported December 23 how Raimondo was expected to make this change.

Raimondo did not explain the reason for the change in a statement. Outgoing Governor Lincoln Chafee created HealthSource, Rhode Island's version of Obamacare by executive order, and legislative leaders have not been huge fans of the program.

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On Politics
4:48 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

TGIF: 18 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

The gifts have been unwrapped, the eggnog raised, and now it's quick sprint to New Year's before the start of a new phase in Rhode Island politics. So thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to share tips and thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) or to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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5:01 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Raimondo Moves to Promote Depena; Nominates Md Official for DLT

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo is nominating one of her staffers, Melba Depena, to the post of director of human services, and a Maryland official, Scott Jensen, to head the state Department of Labor and Training.

Raimondo said the outgoing directors of the two departments -- Sandra Powell at DHS, and Charles Fogarty at DLT -- will take on new roles in state government.

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