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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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Colonel Steven O’Donnell of the Rhode Island State Police is retiring later this month.

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The state plans to speed up an overhaul of bridges along the 6/10 Connector because they’re deteriorating faster than expected and will eventually pose a safety risk, Governor Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday during a Statehouse news conference.

Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein on Tuesday approved the $25.6 million settlement over 38 Studios with two large financial firms, Wells Fargo Securities and Barclays Capital.

Happy September! The approach of fall brings plenty of fresh developments on the politics beat. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome , and you can follow me through the week on the twitters . Here we go. 1. Going on the stump recently with House Majority Leader John DeSimone yielded a close view of the micro-neighborhoods that make up his stronghold in the North End of Providence. Branch Avenue was choked with traffic late on a weekday...

RI For Gun Safety, a new 527 group funded by former Hasbro Chairman and CEO Alan Hassenfeld is spending tens of thousands on four legislative races ahead of Rhode Island's September 13th primary. Hassenfeld has contributed $87,500 to the group. Using that money, the group plans to send four direct mail pieces criticizing House Majority Leader John DeSimone's stance on gun-safety issues. DeSimone faces a primary challenge from Marcia Ranglin-Vassell. RI For Gun Safety also intends to send...

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A first-time candidate is challenging one of the most powerful Democrats in the General Assembly, House Majority Leader John DeSimone.

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The residency case involving state Rep. John Carnevale has resulted in an open seat in the House of Representatives.

First Southwest Company, one of the financial institutions involved in the ill-fated 38 Studios deal, is objecting to the state’s recent settlement agreement with two other banks in the ongoing lawsuit against actors in the video game fiasco. Lawyers for First Southwest filed a memorandum in Rhode Island Superior Court objecting to the settlement with Barclays Capital and Wells Fargo Securities, which, if approved by the court, would yield just under $26 million in payments to the state....

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James Doyle, the popular, longest serving mayor of Pawtucket and a fixture in the city’s political leadership for generations, died Friday night. He was 78. And old-school politician universally known as `Jim’ who climbed the city’s Democratic political ladder, Doyle served for six terms as mayor, until the end of 2010, when Don Grebien won election. A social studies teacher at Pawtucket West High School, now Shea High School, Doyle was active in Democratic politics. He was first elected to...

August is on the way out, and legislative primary races are coming up fast. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, you can send your tips and comments my way , and follow me through the week on the twitters . Here we go. 1. As Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza approaches the mid-point in his term, the tough choices needed to put the city on a more stable financial footing still loom ahead. "We didn't get here overnight, we're not going to get out of it overnight," Elorza said, in...

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Shawna Lawton, one of two Republicans running for the chance to challenge House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, is drawing attention to how her GOP rival, Steven Frias, has volunteered for an organization that has received legislative grants. In a Facebook post , Lawton wrote that in 2016, "The Cranston Historical Society received a grant for $5,000 from the House and a $500 grant from the Senate. My opponent in the upcoming Primary, Steven Frias has said we need to eliminate the legislative...

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The state Commerce Corporation announced Tuesday it has reached a $25.6 million settlement with two of the defendants in the state's lawsuit over 38 Studios, Wells Fargo Securities and Barclays Capital.

The doldrums of (mostly) slow news days are upon us, even with just slightly more than three weeks until Rhode Island's September 13 primary. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, you can share your tips and comments, and follow me through the week on the twitters . Here we go. 1. Costly fallout from a highly publicized police scandal isn't typically good for a political incumbent. So it's no surprise that Cranston Mayor Allan Fung wants to leave last year's troubles in the rearview mirror as...

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The Boston Red Sox are in the thick of the hunt for a major league playoff spot. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay outlines the different challenges facing the team’s top minor league affiliate, the Pawtucket Red Sox.

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Rhode Island’s unemployment rate held steady in July as the state’s economy added about 1,400 jobs, according to the latest data from the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. The numbers show that the state’s economy is growing slowly, picking up jobs, but not yet adding all of the jobs lost during the Great Recession. Rhode Island’s unemployment rate is above the national rate of 4.9 percent and significantly higher than the Massachusetts rate of 4.1 percent. The Bay State added about 7...

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