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On Politics
12:04 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

It's official: Gov. Lincoln Chafee is a Democrat

Chafee goes Democrat, aided by Dotty McCarthy, at Warwick City Hall.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Lincoln Chafee, who rose to public attention as the son of an iconic moderate Republican and left the GOP amid the rightward movement of George W. Bush's presidency, on Thursday became a Democrat.

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Politics
10:35 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Analysis: What Chafee's Switch to Become a Democrat Means

Gov. Chafee has been a Republican and an Independent, now he plans to join the Democratic party.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with host Elisabeth Harrison to discuss Governor Lincoln Chafee's decision to join the Democratic party.

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On Politics
12:40 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Chafee to Seek Re-election as a Democrat

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Lincoln Chafee plans to visit Warwick City Hall Thursday morning to change his party affiliation from unaffiliated to Democrat and to make a brief statement.

Chafee plans to make the switch at 10:30 am Thursday, according to spokesman Christian Vareika (who emphasized he was speaking on personal time, on a personal phone).

Vareika denied that Chafee's move is an opportunistic one in advance of a tough re-election fight:

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On Politics
4:31 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Young Volunteers Could Loom Large in the Expected Taveras-Raimondo Primary in 2014

The sophisticated grassroots campaign in support of same-sex marriage offers a tangible reminder of the value of field work makes in Rhode Island politics. So as we move closer to an expected Democratic gubernatorial clash between Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo next year, keep an eye on their level of outreach to young political activists.

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On Politics
3:45 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Seth Magaziner Considering a Run for Treasurer in 2014

Seth Magaziner, who would add an unabashedly progressive profile to the 2014 campaign season, is considering running for treasurer next year.

UPDATE: Via email, Magaziner confirms that he's looking at the race, adding that he's still early in the process:

Over the past few days, a number of people have encouraged me to run for General Treasurer should the position become open. I haven't made any decisions yet, but am considering the possibility.

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On Politics
9:48 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Driscoll heading to new gig, with Organizing for Action

Driscoll (second from right) confers with Bill Fischer during the final House vote on same-sex marriage.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Devin Driscoll, communications head for Rhode Islanders United for Marriage -- which led the grassroots campaign to legalize same-sex marriage -- is heading to a new job, as the Chicago-based Northeast regional director for Organizing for Action, the Democratic effort formerly known as Obama for America.

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On Politics
8:31 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Tencher joining Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as Campaign Director

Credit Courtesy Paul Tencher

West Warwick native Paul Tencher is set to become the campaign director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The move comes after Tencher managed Democrat Joe Donnelly's winning Senate campaign in Indiana over Republican Richard Mourdock last year.

Tencher is expected to focus on aiding Democratic Senate candidates in states won last year by Mitt Romney.

By email, he says:

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Morning News Podcast
10:47 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

RI was largely spared the latest snow storm, but that was not the case for our neighbors in MA and CT.  The state's economy is improving.  These stories and more on the Morning News Podcast.  
Plus this week's guest on Political Roundtable is Woonsocket City Council President John Ward.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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Politics
9:04 am
Mon March 4, 2013

RI May Step Back from Voter ID Law

East Providence Polling Place in 2012
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A controversial Voter ID bill that became law in 2011 could face changes at the General Assembly, including possible repeal. The passage of the law by a Democratic-controlled legislature attracted national attention.

Supporters of Voter ID call it a way to protect the integrity of voting. But critics say requiring voters to prove their identity reduces turnout by minorities and other groups that usually support Democrats.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:16 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Straight party voting not a simple issue in RI

Just about every good government group in Rhode Island is pushing for an end to the so-called master lever option on state ballots. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why this is not a panacea for what ails our state’s political culture.
 
It has become an article of faith in Rhode Island among the self-styled government reform groups, most statewide elected politicians and the chattering pundit classes that our state needs to get rid of that relic of urban machine politics, the master lever.

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