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Scott MacKay Commentary
10:23 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Scott MacKay Commentary: MacKay's RIC Commencement Speech

Scott giving his Commencement speech at RIC on May 16, 2015
Credit Rhode Island College

RI Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay delivered the commencement speech at Rhode Island College Saturday, May 16th. He was granted an honorary doctorate of journalism. 

Good Morning. Most of you are from Rhode Island and Massachusetts, so you get what I mean: That by virtue of your degrees today, you are all officially "wicket smaht."

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On Politics
5:02 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

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

State revenue is up, the Sox are down, and Friday is here. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me all week-long on the twitters. Here we go.

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On Politics
4:33 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton Slated To Come To RI For Mid-June Fundraiser

Clinton campaigning with Raimondo last year.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Hillary Clinton is slated to come to Rhode Island next month for a mid-June fundraiser at longtime Democratic activist Mark Weiner's East Greenwich home, RIPR has learned.

Two top Clinton campaign officials recently visited Providence to establish the Democrat's presidential campaign office, as part of an aggressive 50-state strategy.

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On Politics
4:02 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

State Drops Unregistered Lobbying Cases Over 38 Studios; Gorbea Proposes Tougher Sanctions

Gorbea, center, with Corrente and lobbyist Greg Mancini.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The state has dropped unregistered lobbying cases against two of the figures linked to the failed video game maker 38 Studios. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea is backing legislation that she said will clarify and strengthen the rules on lobbying.

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On Politics
1:33 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Holy Cross Sports Economist Says Triple A Ballpark Subsidies Not Justified by Benefits

Matheson speaking at the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

College of the Holy Cross professor Victor Matheson, a sports economist, says the economic benefits of the PawSox’ proposed Providence ballpark do not justify a large commitment of public dollars. Matheson spoke Wednesday morning during an event sponsored by the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council.

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