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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
4:29 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Straight talk on the RI sales tax

It is with a sublime sense of irony that some of us are watching the latest State House utterances about taxes, especially the chatter by state Rep. Jan Malik, D-Warren about eliminating the state sales tax.

``Our sales tax is killing small businesses, especially in border communities,’’ says Malik. Now, there is of course, no conflict with his interest. Our good Warren rep runs a liquor store (full disclosure: yours truly and his better 75 percent shop there) off Route 136 that kisses the Massachusetts border.

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On Politics
2:44 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

A sensible solution to tuition waiver dust-up

Governor Lincoln Chafee seems to have hit upon a simple solution to the tuition waiver issue at state colleges and the University of Rhode Island: require recipients of the waivers to disclose them publicly.

The free tuition plans for faculty families and several other categories of Rhode Islanders became an issue after a Providence Journal investigation revealed that URI allowed an employee of the privately run Institute for International Sport to obtain full tuition by misclassifying her as a university employee.

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On Politics
10:42 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Raymond DeLeo, central figure in notorious 1983 Cianci incident, dead at 89

Raymond S. DeLeo, a central figure in a 1983 incident that became a storied part of Rhode Island's political history and that led to Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr.'s first departure from City Hall, has died at age 89.

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On Politics
5:29 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Langevin, Cicilline highlight toll of gun violence as part of State of the Union address

Congressman Jim Langevin
Credit Kristin Gourlay

Congressman Jim Langevin and David Cicilline are among more than 20 reps bringing guests to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night whose lives have been impacted by gun-related violence.

Langevin says the point is to personalize the issue as the tragedy last year in Newtown, Connecticut, recedes in time:

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On Politics
10:39 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Critics sound warning about binding arbitration bill

A bill to extend binding arbitration to teacher contracts -- which last hit the House floor during the 2011 legislative session -- is coming back to the Statehouse.

Binding arbitration legislation sponsored by state Representative Anastasia Williams (D-Providence) is slated for a House Labor Committee hearing Tuesday (following the House session, or about 4:30/5 p.m.) in Room 201. A vote is not expected to take place following the hearing.

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On Politics
3:13 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Not bad for a small state

The neighborhood we call Rhode Island was clobbered by the giant n’oreaster that began as flurries Friday morning and cascaded into a blizzard with echoes of 1978, leaving our corner of  New England buried under two feet or more of fluffy, plump white drifts.

The storm mixed menace, beauty, inconvenience and biting chill. Thousands of us shivered through Friday and Saturday night in houses bereft of electricity as gusts whipped, thermostats plunged and down parkas were our pajamas. .

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On Politics
1:33 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Straight talk on jobs needed in RI

Another week passes with the usual palaver  from the Rhode Island political and business elite on economic development. RIPR political  analyst Scott MacKay says its time for some changes in the way Rhode Islanders view our state and ourselves.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Political Roundtable: Metts says new efforts needed to re-integrate offenders

State Senator Harold Metts
Credit Ian Donnis

State Senator Harold Metts (D-Providence) joins the Roundtable this week as we discuss same-sex marriage, efforts to better re-integrate offenders once they leave prison, and new appointees to the state Board of Education.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Metts recalls being racially profiled

State Senator Harold Metts joins us for our Bonus Q+A segment to talk about education policy, disproportionately high unemployment for minorities, and what it's like to be racially profiled while serving in the General Assembly.

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On Politics
4:19 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Metts calls the stigma of prison "a life sentence" for former offenders seeking jobs

State Senator Harold Metts (D-Providence) says the stigma of prison is so severe for former inmates that it's virtually impossible for them to find work after serving their time. He calls that a contributor to the disproportionately high rate of unemployment for minorities in poor parts of the capital city.

“The rate of incarceration is a big factor in the unemployment in certain parts of my district, because once you get that jail record, it ends up being a lifetime sentence, because you can’t get a job.”

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