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
12:43 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Nathaniel Philbrick to speak at RWU Commencement

Nathaniel Philbrick, a National Book Award winner and bestselling author, will be the commencement speaker at Roger Williams University for the 2015 graduation exercises.

Philbrick is a noted author who has made New England’s early history accessible to academics and lay readers alike, will receive an honorary degree at the university’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 16.

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On Politics
3:16 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

RI Judiciary Edging Closer to an Updated Media Policy

Three years after the Rhode Island Courts began working to update a 31-year-old media policy, the process is continuing.

According to court spokesman Craig Berke, a second revision of guidelines "with a nod to today's technology" is under review by the state Supreme Court.

"There is no timetable for the next step," Berke said via email, although he said there will be discussion at some point involving judges, magistrates, court administrators and media representatives.

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On Politics
2:43 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Olympic Skating Star Kwan to give Commencement Address at Salve Regina

Michelle Kwan, the most celebrated figure skater in U.S. history and spouse of unsuccessful R.I. gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell, has been chosen to deliver the commencement address at Salve Regina University in Newport.

Kwan, now a U.S. State Department official and a U.S. public diplomacy envoy, was recently nominated to serve on the board of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

A graduate of the University of Denver, Kwan also earned a master’s degree from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, majoring in international relations.

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On Politics
1:58 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Patriot Wilfork is N.E. Tech Graduation Speaker

Vince Wilfork
Credit Keith Allison / via Flickr Creative Commons

New England Tech has landed a big speaker for the school’s 75th commencement – former New England Patriot and fan favorite Vince Wilfork, one of the NFL’s best defensive tackles.

Wilfork, at 6 foot 2 inches and 325 pounds, was with the Pats for eleven years and was a member of the 2015 Super Bowl champions. He recently became a free agent and will play next season for the Houston Texans. His jersey was number 75.

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On Politics
5:19 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

TGIF: 19 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column, recapping another eventful week in Rhode Island. As always, your tips and feedback is welcome, and you can follow me on the twitters. Best wishes to my readers for Easter and Passover. Here we go.

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