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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
9:10 am
Fri June 6, 2014

URI, RIC, CCRI winners in House budget proposal

After too many years of giving short shrift to public higher education in Rhode Island,  the General Assembly and state government appear to have finally begun to reverse this short-sighted policy.

In the budget that cleared the House Finance Committee on a 14 to 2 vote Thursday, the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island have won some important initiatives.

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On Politics
5:18 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

R.I. House finally Ratifies 17th U.S. Constitutional Amendment: direct election of U.S. senators

At the behest of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Cale Keable, D-Burrillville, the Rhode Island House has finally voted to ratify the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,  which reqired direct election of U.S. Senators.

Before the amendment took effect in 1913, senators were elected by state legislators. That system was widely criticized for breeding corruption as senate aspirants bribed lawmakers to secure the votes needed to win senate seats.

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On Politics
4:45 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Educators David and Anne Burnham die within hours of each other

Deep sadness today in the Providence educational community: Anne Burnham and her husband David Burnham, have both died within the past two days. Anne died on June 4 and Dave this morning.

Dave Burnham was the legendary longtime headmaster of the Moses Brown School and the  founding president of the Board of Trustees of Paul Cuffee School  in Providence. As headmaster of Moses Brown from 1978 to 1994, Burnham helped usher co-education back to the college prep school on Providence’s East Side. He also was instrumental in increasing the school’s endowment.

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On Politics
2:00 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Taveras Uses First Ad to Emphasize Sacrifice and Opportunity

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras uses his first television commercial to emphasize family, his own humble beginnings and how hard work and sacrifice can lead to shared improvements.

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On Politics
3:48 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Chafee and the RI Economy: Not as bad as media myth

RI job growth

It has become a Rhode Island cliché that Lincoln Chafee is a failed governor because he hasn’t done enough to create jobs in Rhode Island’s flagging economy.  This notion has been driven relentlessly by talk radio shills and the editorial and news pages of the state’s legacy print media outlets, some of which are groping for relevance in a reshaped media environment.

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On Politics
1:58 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Reed & Whitehouse Hosting RI Fundraiser for Michigan Senate Candidate Gary Peters Next Week

A bevy of prominent Rhode Island Democrats are hosting a June 12 fundraiser for Michigan Congressman Gary Peters, who is trying to vault into the US Senate seat being vacated by Carl Levin.

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On Politics
5:11 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

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

While we've had a glimpse of spring and winter weather over the last week, politics remains the thing for all seasons in the Ocean State. So welcome back to my weekly column, and feel free to share your thoughts and tips at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. You can also follow my missives all week long on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
1:24 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: It's Time To Dump The Rhode Island Estate Tax

Business leaders and conservative groups are pushing lawmakers to change Rhode Island's estate tax.
Credit RIPR FILE

Nothing is certain in life except death and taxes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it may be time for Rhode Island to get out from under this cliché.

Once again, conservative groups and business leaders are lobbying for big changes to Rhode Island’s estate tax. Called the ``death tax’’ by opponents, this tax is levied upon Rhode Island estates of more than about $922,000.

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On Politics
5:32 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

RI Democratic city and town chairs split on Taveras-Raimondo

The Democratic primary election for governor is shaping up as a close contest between Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

The early Channel 12/ProJo public opinion surveys conducted by veteran Rhode Island pollster Joe Fleming show this to be the case.  Now comes last night’s endorsement confab held at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick by the R.I. Association of Democratic City and  Town Chairs, which failed to reach consensus on an endorsement for governor.

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On Politics
4:22 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Swipely Says $20M Infusion Will Enable It to Grow, Keep Adding Jobs

Angus Davis talks about Swipely's growth,
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Providence tech startup Swipely, which has grown significantly since it was launched in 2009, says a new infusion of $20 million in venture capital funding will enable it to continue expanding a small spark of Silicon Valley in Rhode Island.

"The intent is to use those funds to continue to aggressively growing the team in all our areas, including our engineering team, our marketing and sales team, and other departments within the company," Swipely founder Angus Davis said during a news conference Thursday morning.

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