On Politics

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
1:22 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Gatehouse Media Targeting Unidentified Number of Buyouts at ProJo

The Providence Journal building in downtown Providence
Credit RIPR FILE

GateHouse Media, the owner of the Providence Journal, is targeting an unidentified number of buy-outs in non-union and union positions.

"They tell us they don't have a number that they're looking at," said John Hill, a reporter who is the president of the Providence Newspaper Guild.

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On Politics
3:59 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Reed, Whitehouse vote against`fast-track' Trade Authority for Obama

Sighting potential loss of jobs and negative affects to the environment. Sens. Whitehouse and Reed
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Rhode Island’s two U.S. Senators, Democrats Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, were both on the winning side as President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats derailed one of the president’s top priorities, voting to hold up so-called fast track trade authority unless other provisions designed to protect American jobs are included in the legislation.

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On Politics
3:24 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Representative Almeida Pleads No Contest to Reduced Charge in Campaign Finance Case

Representative Almeida in the House chamber earlier this year.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

State Representative Joseph Almeida (D-Providence) was sentenced to a year of probation and a $1,000 fine after pleading no contest Tuesday to a reduced charge, using campaign funds for his personal use, in a case that focused attention on lawmakers and their campaign finance accounts.

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On Politics
4:10 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Raimondo, Legislative Leaders Outline Budget Priorities Following Boost in State Revenue

Raimondo during a March news conference.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo said the increase of more than $140 million in state revenue identified during last Friday's revenue estimating conference should be used "to invest in economic growth and putting people to work." The governor also appears to have joined with House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello in supporting the elimination of the Taylor Swift tax.

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On Politics
1:10 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

R.I.P. John Rollins

John Rollins, a former Providence city council member, civil rights activist and football star at La Salle Academy and the University of Rhode Island, has died. He was 77.

A witty, warm and friendly man with a wide smile, Rollins surprised Providence’s political community in 1986 when in an upset he defeated City Councilman Lloyd Griffin to win a Democratic primary in the 10th Ward on the city’s South Side.

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