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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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9:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

See you in a bit

I'm taking a little time off, and will return here before long. Stay tuned to the RIPR Web site for plenty of news in the interim.

On Politics
4:29 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

RI pols and guns

For once Rhode Island politicians have a chance at being part of the solution. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says even a small State House change on gun violence would resonate with voters.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

TGIF: 12 things to know about RI politics + media

Welcome back to my Friday column. Your thoughts and emails are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's get to it.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Chafee's message emerging in the run-up to 2014

Chafee delivering his State of the State address.
Credit Ian Donnis

Glimmers of Lincoln Chafee's campaign message for 2014 are starting to emerge as part of the media offensive in support his latest budget.

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4:51 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

EngageRI reminds Chafee of how pension savings gave him budget flexibility

EngageRI, the pro-pension overhaul group started with encouragement from state Treasurer Gina Raimondo, is reminding Governor Lincoln Chafee of how pension savings made possible many of the initiatives in his new budget.

EngageRI chairman John Galvin says in a statement:

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Politics
12:34 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Chafee calls Massachusetts' governor's tax proposal "a curveball"

Governor Lincoln Chafee is winning a measure of plaudits for a budget with no new taxes and a proposed cut of the corporate tax from 9 percent to 7 percent over three years. But a tax initiative by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is raising uncertainly about the net effect of Chafee's initiative.

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Politics
7:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Chafee's new budget cuts corporate tax, avoids tax hikes

After trying unsuccessfully for the last two years to get the General Assembly to go along with a series of tax proposals, Governor Lincoln Chafee goes in a very different direction with his proposal for the budget year starting July 1. The budget eschews tax hikes and proposes cutting Rhode Island's corporate tax from 9 percent to 7 percent over three years.

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4:40 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Chafee team previews his budget; jobs and competitiveness highlighted

Making Rhode Island more competitive and getting Rhode Islanders back to work are central points of Governor Lincoln Chafee's State of the State address tonight.

Budget staffers and other members of the governor's administration held a background briefing for reporters a short time ago at the Department of Administration building on Smith Hill. The details are embargoed until Chafee begins his speech this evening in the House chamber.

But in addition to the points in the first sentence of the post, the Chafee administration also plans to emphasize:

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Politics
10:59 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Battle joined anew over same-sex marriage in Rhode Island

Chafee, Moffit, Raimondo, Ferri and Handy at the witness table in House Judiciary.
Credit Ian Donnis

A House Judiciary Committee hearing kicked off Tuesday with testimony from the lead sponsor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island, state Representative Art Handy (D-Cranston). He said it was the eleventh time he has introduced such legislation, but wasn't sure precisely how long similar bills have been filed. Handy said he thought the first was 18 years ago, but his point was really that the time has long since come to grant marriage rights to same-sex couples in Rhode Island.

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11:50 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Senate aims to improve RI's business-friendliness with new report

A report released Tuesday morning by the state Senate and the business-backed Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council uses a color-coded system to assess the state's performance on different economic indicators and recommends a series of steps for improvingits underperforming economy.

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