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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
3:44 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

If Sanders runs for president, Tad Devine is in

If Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s left-leaning U.S. senator, decides to run for the Democratic presidential nomination, one Rhode Islander who will be on his team is veteran Democratic political consultant Tad Devine.

Devine, who has held top roles in the presidential campaigns of John Kerry, Mike Dukakis and Al Gore, has had Sanders as a client, going back to the 1990s, when Sanders held Vermont’s lone seat in the U.S. House.

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On Politics
12:24 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Hassett Vying with Aponte for Providence City Council Presidency

Hassett gets sworn in following an incident when he was struck by a hit and run driver in 2010.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo

Ward 12 Councilor Terrence "Terry" Hassett is pursuing an effort to become the next president of the Providence City Council, raising questions about whether Ward 10 Councilor Luis Aponte will have the votes to gain the council's top position in January.

Hassett declined to identify how many of his 14 council colleagues are supporting him, although he said he has a "healthy" amount of backing in what he called a fluid situation.

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On Politics
9:41 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Tony Simon, Brett Smiley & Grace Diaz Join Elorza's Administration

Tony Simon, deputy district director for US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, has signed on to serve as chief of staff for Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza, RIPR has learned.

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On Politics
10:55 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Capellan, Lapides & Ranglin Named to Co-Chair Elorza's Transition

Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza is rolling out his transition team.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Victor Capellan, Sally Lapides, and Lisa Ranglin have been named as co-chairs of the transition team for Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza. Marisa O'Gara, who managed Elorza's campaign, will be spokeswoman for the transition.

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On Politics
5:22 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

It's a new phase in Rhode Island politics, with the election this week of Gina Raimondo as governor, and Jorge Elorza as mayor of Providence. Democrats had a big sweep, while Republicans had to settle for modest gains in the RI House of Representatives. So thanks for stopping by, and feel free to drop me a line 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 November 7, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Raimondo A Plurality, Not Majority, Governor. Time For Runoffs?

Democrat Gina Raimondo won the governor's seat with 40 percent of the vote. Should RI hold runoff elections?
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Once again, Rhode Islanders have elected a governor with far less than a majority of the vote. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what we can do about this.

The boisterous cheers among delirious Democrats crammed into the Providence Biltmore’s 17th floor ballroom on election night have barely quieted. You can’t blame them for hoisting drinks and shouting themselves hoarse:  Gina Raimondo became the first woman to win election as Rhode Island's  governor and the only Democrat to capture the state’s highest elected office since 1992.

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On Politics
3:45 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Shekarchi, Grant And Duffy Appointed To Raimondo Transition Team

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo, the day after her victory with husband Andrew Moffit.
Credit John Bender / RIPR FILE

With reports from Ian Donnis, RIPR political reporter

Gina Raimondo’s first transition three transition team appointments reflect three Rhode Islanders from the worlds of politics and business, say Statehouse sources.

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On Politics
7:00 am
Wed November 5, 2014

The East Side, Where It All Began For Cianci, Spurns Him

Buddy Cianci on election night
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Among the grand ironies of Rhode Island politics is that Providence’s East Side, the neighborhood that vaulted Buddy Cianci into City Hall 40 years ago in his first upset victory for mayor, proved to be the impregnable roadblock to Cianci’s mayoral redemption tour yesterday.

When the returns rolled in last night, it was evident that when the East Side neighborhood votes were tallied, Democrat Jorge Elorza had rolled up such big margins that there was no way Cianci had a chance at an improbable Last Hurrah victory.

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On Politics
5:15 am
Wed November 5, 2014

The Genesis Of Gina Raimondo's Candidacy

Gina Raimondo announces her bid for governor back in January.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

At the Democratic victory party at the Providence Biltmore Hotel late last night, no one had a wider smile than Kate Coyne McCoy, the longtime advocate for electing women to political office in Rhode Island and around the nation.

``Twenty years ago, I was walking up the stairs to this room (the 17th floor ballroom, where media and pols meet on election night) with Myrth York,’’ recalled Coyne McCoy. ``It was an awful night.’’

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On Politics
9:07 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

East Side voters snub Buddy Cianci

Buddy Cianci’s steep hill : Results from the Hope High School polling place on Providence’s East Side. The results show a huge landslide for Democrat Jorge Elorza. Elorza had 823 votes in the precinct, Cianci pulled a paltry 163 and Republican Dan Harrop had 31.

The same polling place carried good news for Gina Raimondo, who polled 805 to Allan Fung’s 151 and Bob Healey’s 50. Thanks to Brown super intern Emily Woolridge for harvesting these results.

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