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On Politics
3:01 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

For Fox and Cicilline, A Divergent Path Since Election Night 2012

Cicilline celebrating his re-election victory in 2012.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

On Election Night 2012, two good friends -- House Speaker Gordon Fox and Congressman David Cicilline -- spent time together, savoring their re-election victories after a hard-fought and sometimes unpleasant campaign season.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:47 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Try Something New On Smith Hill?

After an investigation into former House Speaker Gordon Fox led to his resignation, corruption casts a pall over RI government yet again.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The stench of corruption has once again encircled the Rhode Island Statehouse. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay says it may be time to try something different on Smith Hill.

Unless you have been living in one of those 1950s-era nuclear bomb shelters, or the old East Side tunnel, you’ve probably heard of the latest Statehouse scandal. The state police and federal IRS and FBI agents raided the offices of House Speaker Gordon Fox 10 days ago. The next day he abruptly resigned.

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On Politics
5:08 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Welcome back to my Friday column. Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to drop me a line with feedback or juicy tips at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and remember you can follow me all week long on the twitters. Here we go.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Mattiello on the Pension Settlement, Tolls, Ethics, the Master Lever & More

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and guest panelist Erika Niedowski of The Associated Press join Bonus Q+A this week to discuss changes in the RI House; the proposed pension settlement; whether the House should vote on a proposal to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of the General Assembly; and much more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Political Roundtable: Mattiello on His Priorities, 38 Studios, the Statehouse Raid + More

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The new speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Nicholas Mattiello of Cranston, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his priorities and what they mean for the House; jobs and government regulation; and what's next for the House.

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On Politics
5:14 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Mattiello Non-Committal on Votes for Pension Settlement, Ethics Oversight

Mattiello at the rostrum following his election as speaker Tuesday.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

While Rhode Island's new House speaker, Nicholas Mattiello, has vowed to instill a new focus on jobs and the economy, he's avoiding specifics for now on precise steps to offer improvements, and asserting that the remainder of the 2014 session won't be enough to evaluate his performance in the powerful post.

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General Assembly
9:25 am
Wed March 26, 2014

What The New House Speaker Means For The General Assembly

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and his family at the Statehouse.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

An incredible five days at the Rhode Island Statehouse have seen the resignation of Gordon Fox as House Speaker, and Cranston Representative Nicholas Mattiello replace him.  It is expected that many key positions in the House will be changing as well. 

Political Analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio host Chuck Hinman to discuss what all the changes mean for the legislative session.

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On Politics
6:46 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Mattiello Wins Overwhelming Vote as Speaker; Vows Economic Focus

Mattiello hugs state Rep Doreen Costa (R-North Kingstown) prior to the vote for speaker
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

House Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello ascended to the powerful post of House speaker on a 61-6 vote Tuesday, vowing to focus on improving Rhode Island's moribund economy and to work collaboratively with lawmakers of both parties.

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On Politics
2:38 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

How Mattiello Won the Votes to Become Speaker

When House Majority Leader Nick Mattiello held a caucus at the Providence Marriott Friday evening -- on the same day when state and federal investigators raided House Speaker Gordon Fox's home and Statehouse office -- the race to succeed Fox was up for grabs. Mattiello himself put the number of supporters at his caucus between 25 and 27.

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On Politics
12:17 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Senator Miller Issues Apology for Swearing Following Gun News Conference

State Senator Josh Miller (D-Cranston) has issued an apology for swearing last week at a representative of what he calls "a website notorious for conspiracy theories."

Video of the encounter, following a March 18 Statehouse rally for tighter gun restrictions shows Miller (adult content) uttering an expletive to Dan Bidondi.

Here is the substance of Miller's statement:

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