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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
4:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Campaign manager says Doherty not necessarily closing the door on politics

Brendan Doherty doesn’t intend to run for the House again, but he may be open to seeking some other office, according to Doherty’s campaign manager, Ian Prior.

Following his concession remarks at the Providence Marriott last night, Doherty seemed to rule out another political run. RIPR’s Flo Jonic provided this transcription:

Jonic: Do you see another political run in your future?

Doherty: This was no dress rehearsal.

Jonic: By you saying this was no dress rehearsal, you mean ‘not again’?

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On Politics
3:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Why David Cicilline rolled up a larger than expected victory

Congressman David Cicilline enjoyed a larger-than-expected victory over Republican challenger Brendan Doherty yesterday by improving his performance from 2010 in seven communities.

Cicilline won the race by slightly more than 12 points (53.1 percent vs 40.7 percent).

The results are surprising since Doherty learned some of the lessons from John Loughlin’s losing 2010 campaign, particularly the need to aggressively raise money, and because Cicilline has been buffeted by a large measure of unflattering local headlines since he landed in Congress.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Post-election wake-up

The people, as the cliché goes, have spoken. Obama won the race that all the pollsters pretty much predicted and perhaps the hate Nate (Silver) trope is buried. In Rhode Island, voters went with Democrats and Republicans have to be licking their wounds and wondering what the future holds.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Election Eve Odds and Ends

Massachusetts: The race for U.S. Senate between incumbent Republican Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren, his Democratic challenger, is one being watched nationwide because it carries the possibility of deciding party control of the U.S. Senate. All of the polling shows this election close. But Warren has to be a slight favorite in this Democratic state where President Obama is considered a lock.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

21 questions for Election Day in Rhode Island

It’s almost all over but the voting. Some questions to consider:

1. If David Cicilline loses, does he try to stage a comeback in 2014?

2. If Brendan Doherty loses, does he move to the head of the list of possible GOP gubernatorial candidates in 2014?

3. How come the RI Republican Party can’t find a GOP candidate for John Loughlin’s old seat in a conservative part of the state?

4. If Doherty loses, will it be because he waited too long to get his message rolling, or because Democrats had a far better ground game?

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On Politics
3:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

RI supporters of same-sex marriage remain opposed to putting the issue to a statewide vote

With Speaker Gordon Fox offering his most definitive plan over the weekend on plans for voting on same-sex marriage in the House, Election Day will offer clues about where the issue is headed in a few other states.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Sun November 4, 2012

Last Call on the 2012 elections

Thoughts as the days dwindle to hours leading to Tuesday’s election:

Presidential race. The earliest indication from a swing state will likely be New Hampshire, which is in the eastern time zone and is the only battleground state in New England. Crucial to an Obama victory is a big run up along the Connecticut River, from Keene to Hanover, then winning Concord and the Sea Coast communities. Romney must do well among conservative Democrats in Salem and Manchester and score substantially  in traditional GOP areas, such as the Lakes Region and along the I-93 corridor.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Sun November 4, 2012

John Rollins cooks up a feast for La Salle Academy

Rhode Island political cognoscenti know John Rollins as the man who in 1986 won one of the biggest political upsets in Providence history. That was the year that he knocked over urban boss Lloyd Griffin for city council in a ward that covered the heart of  South Providence. Rollins, a football standout at La Salle Academy and the University of Rhode Island, was, along with his wife Julia Rollins,  a longtime civil rights activist in Rhode Island’s African-American community. But Rollins has traded his political hat and football helmet for a chef’s toque.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

TGIF: 12 things to know about Rhode Island politics + media

Just four days until Election Day, as my latest TGIF goes to press. As usual, feel free to send tips and thoughts to idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let’s go:

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Taveras boosts Fox in home stretch; Binder hammers away on 38 Studios

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is lending another boost to House Speaker Gordon Fox in the closing stretch before Election Day. The popular mayor, who used to share a Dorrance Street law office with Fox, sent this email this morning:

Dear Providence Friends and Neighbors:

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