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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
2:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

TGIF: 14 things to know about RI politics + media

“It’s the holiday season,” as the song goes, and what’s December in Rhode Island without another Statehouse-tree related controversy? Mull that over along with my Friday column. Your thoughts and tips are welcome, as always at idonnis [at] ripr [dot] org.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh State House tree

Once again, the holidays in Rhode Island are greeted by pitched battles over the public symbols of Christmas. RIPR political analyst wonders why we all can’t embrace the true meaning of this season.

For a clue as to why little of consequence gets done at the State House, we bring you to the annual capitol kerfuffle over the lighting of  the soaring evergreen tree that marks the arrival of the Christian Advent celebration.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Senate Judiciary appointments could offer clues on same-sex marriage outlook

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed’s selections to fill two vacant slots on the Senate Judiciary Committee may offer some tea leaves on the outlook for same-sex marriage in that chamber.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Most RI Powerball winners got $4 each — was it worth it?

Almost 48,000 winning Powerball tickets were sold in Rhode Island, although most were for the princely prize of $4, according to the state Lottery. Take away the $2 per-ticket cost, and the net gain for the vast bulk of winners was $2.

That’s a far cry from $587.5 million jackpot that sparked fevered dreams across the land of striking it rich. (Two winning jackpot tickets were sold, one each in Arizona and Missouri.)

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On Politics
2:00 am
Thu November 29, 2012

It’s on! Statehouse tree lighting announced with less than 30 minutes’ notice

The governor’s office sent out the following advisory at about 11:32 am today:

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee will host the 2012 State House tree lighting today, November 29, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. in the State House rotunda. The student orchestra from Cranston’s Park View Middle School will be performing holiday songs in the Bell Area of the rotunda beginning at noon.

According to the governor’s schedule, Chafee’s due for a ribbon-cutting for JetBlue at T.F. Green Airport at 1:25 pm.

On Politics
4:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Scharfenberg’s prescription for saving the ProJo

David Scharfenberg has a timely Providence Phoenix story on steps to make the Providence Journal more competitive as it — like other newspapers — wrestles with a soft ad market and an inexorable decline in print readership.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Did you know the RI House has a Pinterest page?

Tweeters might remain few to non-existent among the 113 state legislators in Rhode Island, but Smith Hill is increasing its use of social media.

The House of Representatives, for example, has its own Pinterest page – highlighted by a picture of Representative Joseph McNamara standing in front of an Irish and Italian flag.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Almonte says he’s in the 2014 governor’s race to stay

With anticipation swirling about a possible Democratic primary clash between Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras in the 2014 governor’s race, the only announced candidate — former auditor general Ernest Almonte – says he’s in the campaign for good.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

John Mulligan, top ProJo political reporter, leaves

John Mulligan, the ProJo’s respected Washington correspondent and the newspaper’s top political reporter, is leaving his post for a job in Washington, according to several newsroom sources.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Mike Solomon Fund-Raiser: Setting stage for mayoral run?

The votes have barely been counted from the Nov. 6th election. But the pols aren’t taking any time off  from their planning and fund-raising for the 2014 election cycle. Case in point: The December 10, 2012 fund-raising time Providence City Council President Michael Solomon is holding at the Roger Williams Park Casino.  Democrat Solomon, who is a likely candidate for mayor if Mayor Angel Taveras decides to run for governor, is asking for donations of $50, $100 or $250 to his Friends of Michael Solomon committee.

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