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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
4:54 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Smiley: RI GOP Intends to Field a Candidate Against Reed Next Year

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State GOP chairman Mark Smiley says his party "absolutely" intends to run a candidate against US senator Jack Reed next year.

A few politically active Republicans privately say they consider a challenge against Reed -- or the other Democrats in Rhode Island's congressional delegation -- an utter waste of time. Resources would be better used, they say, in trying to build the 11-member GOP presence in the 113-member General Assembly.

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On Politics
3:42 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

RI Public Radio, ProJo, RI Monthly win Metcalf Awards

The annual Metcalf Awards for Diversity in Media sponsored by Rhode Island for Community and Justice have been announced. For the third consecutive year, Rhode Island Public Radio has won. This year, RIPR education reporter and Morning Edition host Elisabeth Harrison is a winner. Harrison won for her ongoing series covering minority students in Rhode Island. Other winners include Billy Reynolds, the ProJo’s wonderful sports columnist and one of a very few Ocean State journalists with a well-known national reputation. Reynolds has long been one of the nation’s top basketball writers.

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On Politics
12:36 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Women hold just 30 of 113 seats in the General Assembly

With the YWCA Rhode Island set to hold its fifth annual Women Holding Office celebration this evening at the Kirkbrae Country Club, it's a good time to revisit the under-representation of women in Rhode Island politics.

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On Politics
4:54 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Lorne Adrain considering possible mayoral run in Providence

Add Lorne Adrain, businessman, community activist and the former chair of the RI Board of Governors for Higher Education, to the list of those mulling a run for mayor of Providence if Angel Taveras seeks a different office in 2014.

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On Politics
4:51 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

TGIF: 8 Things to Know About RI Politics + Media

Rhode Island, you do us proud with your ceaseless stream of unexpected political developments. Happy Friday, and welcome back. You're tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Here we go:

1. Former state treasurer Frank Caprio's is on the comeback trail after his gubernatorial campaign melted down in 2010: he's planning to run for treasurer next year, regardless of who else might be in the race.

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On Politics
4:08 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Frank Caprio "wants another opportunity"; plans to run for treasurer in 2014

Former state Treasurer Frank Caprio, whose gubernatorial campaign imploded in 2010, plans to run for the treasurer's office in 2014, according to his former spokesman, Peter Kerwin.

"I know that he's in," Kerwin says.

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On Politics
3:20 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Rhode Island's New Day

Change happens slowly in politics. Except when it doesn’t. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains the forces behind Rhode Island’s reversal on gay marriage.

The Ocean State is poised to become the 10th  state in the nation to recognize same sex marriages and join our five New England neighbors in the vanguard of the movement for equal treatment for our gay citizens.

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On Politics
12:03 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

More change for RI Democratic Party; Mandeville departing

Following state Democratic chairman Ed Pacheco's recent announcement that he'll be leaving that post in early May to pursue a run for secretary of state, the party's executive director, Stephanie Mandeville, is also on the way out. She says this in a mass email:

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On Politics
6:53 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Political Reality: How the RI Senate Lost its Status as the Bermuda Triangle of Same-Sex Marriage

These two guys from Newport have been waiting to marry since Jimmy Carter was president.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

In recent years, the Rhode Island Senate has been considered the Bermuda Triangle of same-sex politics -- the place where gay marriage legislation would supposedly go to die.

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On Politics
6:53 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

On Historic Day, RI Senate Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bills

The Rhode Island Senate approved two virtually identical same-sex marriage bills by a 26-12 margin Wednesday afternoon. The bills still face certain House approval and a signature from Governor Lincoln Chafee, meaning Rhode Island is poised to become the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage, perhaps as soon as next week.

The votes happened with surprising speed after a 17-year effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island, filling the Senate chamber and its exterior with scores of joyous supporters.

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