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
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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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
Credit RIPR FILE

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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