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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
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.

On Politics
10:48 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Three Top Questions as the RI Senate Is on the Cusp of Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

Tuesday was a remarkable day in Rhode Island politics. First, the five-member GOP contingent in the 38-member state Senate -- including the chamber's low-key minority leader, Dennis Algiere -- offered its unified support for same-sex marriage. Then, and much more significantly, Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio found himself on the wrong side of a key vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Rhode Island is now on the cusp of legalizing same-sex marriage.

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On Politics
12:55 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Baldelli-Hunt announces mayoral run in Woonsocket

Putting an end to speculation about her next move, state Represenative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt announced Tuesday that she's a candidate for mayor in Woonsocket.

Here's part of her statement:

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On Politics
8:29 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Algiere, Bates join RI Senate GOP bloc in backing bill favored by same-sex marriage supporters

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island is gaining momentum among Republicans.
Credit Kristin Gourlay/RIPR

All five Republicans in the 38-member Rhode Island Senate - including Minority Leader Dennis Algiere of Westerly - plan to support the same-sex marriage bill backed by supporters of the issue, RIPR has learned.

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On Politics
4:26 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Gay marriage gaining momentum

As the hours dwindle to tomorrow’s Senate Judiciary Committee consideration of same-sex marriage, it appears advocates of gay unions have an advantage, say State House sources. What is still unknown is what will happen when the issue hits the Senate floor, which could come as early as Wednesday, or more likely, Thursday.

What is clear this time around is that the marriage equality campaign has done a better job this time around than two years ago, when the General Assembly approved civil unions in a compromise that pleased neither side.

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On Politics
8:27 pm
Sat April 20, 2013

New York Times on 38 Studios: Scandal Grew From Political Insiders' Delusions

The Sunday New York Times is out with Matt Bai's lengthy and well-written overview of Rhode Island's disastrous investment in 38 Studios, former Red Sox star Curt Schilling's bankrupt video game company. Bai's story doesn't offer much in the way of new findings, but it will expose the Ocean State's folly to a broad audience of influentials.

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On Politics
4:29 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

With the aftermath of this week's Boston Marathon attack remaining in the forefront of headlines, we're keeping the focus on politics in my Friday column. Thanks for stopping by; as always, your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.

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