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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
1:03 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Spring and baseball returns to New England

After a long winter, spring officially returns to these parts this afternoon. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay takes  a break from State House debate  to bring us baeball's return.

In New England, everything old really is new again on the Opening Day of the baseball season. Shortly after one this afternoon, the oldest and most spirited rivalry in all of  American sports begins anew as our Boston Red Sox travel to the Bronx to play the New York Yankees, a club also known in our sliver of New England as The Evil Empire.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Political Roundtable: Archambault on Same-Sex Marriage, Governor Chafee, and the RI GOP

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Senator Stephen Archambault (D-Smithfield) joins the Roundtable to discuss same-sex marriage, Governor Lincoln Chafee's blaming of the media for his low approval ratings; and continued woes for the RI GOP.

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On Politics
7:26 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Film Tax Credits: A Taxpayer Fleece?

Of all the tax subsidies states had out, the film tax credits seem among the most frivolous. Sure, politicians love rubbing elbows with Hollywood luminaries, but what about the taxpayers?

Now comes this report from Massachusetts: The Bay State’s film subsidy program cost taxpayers an estimated $44 million in 2011, though it created the equivalent of just about 1,200 full-time jobs.

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On Politics
12:25 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Archambault Predicts Senate Will Pass Same-Sex Marriage; Options Open for 2014

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Senator Stephen Archambault (D-Smithfield) believes the "marriage equality" bill backed by same-sex marriage proponents will emerge from the Senate Judiciary Committee and receive overwhelming support in the full Senate.

"I expect it will go to a [committee] vote, and I'm confident it will pass," Archambault says of the same-sex marriage bill introduced by state Senator Donna Nesselbush (D-Pawtucket).

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On Politics
3:20 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

The real losers in March Madness Hoops

Thoughts to ponder while watching March Madness: This is the best time of the year for the college basketball junkies among us. What is more thrilling than wall-to-wall televised hoops generously salted with upsets, buzzer beaters and the endless arguments (and bets) over brackets, conferences and the Final Four. All played out in the college atmosphere of  the NCAA tournaments with all the trappings of student cheers, painted faces, pompoms, cheerleaders, crowds fully clad in team colors and the inevitable prancing mascots. Even President Obama fills out his brackets!

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On Politics
1:56 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Rader Wallack leaving as Vt Health Chief to move back to RI

Anya Rader Wallack, who as chairwoman of the Green Mountain Health Care Board has led Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin’s ambitious state health care overhaul, is leaving the post and moving back to Rhode Island.

Rader Wallack, one of New England’s leading health policy gurus, is leaving Vermont because her family, which is based in Little Compton, does not want to move to the Green Mountain state, she said.

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On Politics
12:31 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Taveras Rolls Out Economic Plan; Previews Message for Possible Run for Governor

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras unveiled a 20-point economic plan Wednesday morning during a meeting of the Providence Foundation. The mayor's repeated rhetorical emphasis -- how Providence has bounced back from the financial abyss thanks to collaboration and shared sacrifice -- sounded like one message he'll wield next year during an expected Democratic run for governor.

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On Politics
11:46 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Bishop Tobin, Advocates Clash on SCOTUS + Same-Sex Marriage

Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin issued a statement this morning, calling on the General Assembly to put the brakes on same-sex marriage legislation due to the US Supreme Court's consideration of related issues:

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On Politics
5:05 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Bon Voyage David Scharfenberg

David Scharfenberg, the news editor of the Providence Phoenix and one of Rhode Island’s very best young journalists, is leaving the alternative weekly for a position covering politics at Boston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR.

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On Politics
3:03 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Josh Miller may mull run for lieutenant governor

Add Senator Josh Miller (D-Cranston) to the list of potential candidates for lieutenant governor in 2014.

Miller says it's too early to consider him an LG candidate, but adds that there "might be a point before the end of the session that I'll start looking at it."

The Cranston Democrat and restaurateur says he's focused on legislative matters for now and wants to consider his potential effectiveness as lieutenant governor before making a decision. Miller says he can offer "a wide range of experience on a wide range of issues."

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