Mark Smiley

On Politics
7:06 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Republican national chairman headed to Newport

It’s pretty rare for top national Republican figures to visit Rhode Island, one of the nation’s deepest blue Democratic states. But Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus swoops into the Ocean State Thursday to scoop some campaign cash.

Priebus is scheduled to appear at a fund-raising event held by Mr. and Mrs. David Ford on Newport’s tony Bellevue Avenue, where the houses have names. (This mansion is called Miramar, at 646 Bellevue).

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3:40 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

N.Y. Rep. Peter King coming to R.I. to raise money for R.I. GOP

Republican U.S. Rep. Peter King, one of the last of the true moderate Republicans in the U.S. House, is headed to Rhode Island for a fund-raising event for the RI GOP.

King, a Long Island Republican,  will speak at RI Republican Party headquarters on Post Road in Warwick on August 15. The cost is $125 per person or $200 per couple for a VIP lunch and discussion with Congressman King. There is also a $50 per person lunch option ($90 per couple). For further information call 401-732-8282.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
3:40 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Master Lever Myths

State lawmakers have been fighting over the master lever for years, but how much does it really matter?
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Eliminating the master lever in Rhode Island elections is picking up steam in the General Assembly. RIPR political analyst  Scott MacKay says getting rid of straight party voting may be much ado about not much.

The Rhode Island House of Representatives recently voted unanimously to end the so-called master lever, a relic of the state’s urban political machine past. A conga line of statewide elected politicians, from Gov. Lincoln Chafee down to Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, support this change.

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Pension Overhaul
9:09 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Republican Party Wants Pension Dispute Settled In Court

The Rhode Island Republican Party is backing up the GOP’s two gubernatorial candidates in saying that the state pension dispute should be resolved in court.  Two of the state’s leading Democrats still support the push for a settlement between the two sides

A proposed pension settlement unveiled in February was cast in doubt Monday when one of six groups that have to offer initial approval rejected the deal. State GOP chairman Mark Smiley said he agrees with his party’s gubernatorial candidates that the pension conflict should be decided in court.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Harrop on Running for Mayor Of Providence + the GOP's RI Challenges

Daniel Harrop joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his Republican campaign for mayor of Providence; the challenges facing the Rhode Island GOP; economic development in Rhode Island's capital city; and other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Political Roundtable: Chafee Defends Tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge

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Governor Lincoln Chafee joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss whether RI Democrats are doing enough to move the economy forward; tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge; NSA surveillaince; education policy; and why his poll ratings are so low.

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Politics
8:22 am
Tue August 20, 2013

State Republicans Point to Democrats as Unemployment Rises

State Republican leaders say Democrats have done little to ease Rhode Island's increasing unemployment.
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The head of the state Republican Party is blaming legislative Democrats for failing to improve Rhode Island’s economy. The state’s unemployment rate climbed by a tenth of percent in July, to 8.9 percent.

State GOP chairman Mark Smiley said the General Assembly’s Democratic leaders are wrong to brag about their efforts when the unemployment rate is going in the wrong direction.

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Politics
8:52 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Rhode Island Republicans Head to Boston For GOP Committee Meeting

A handful of GOP activists from Rhode Island are in Boston for a regional meeting of the Republican National Committee that wraps up today Friday.  The get-together offers an opportunity for networking and strategizing.

The Rhode Islanders in Boston include state GOP chairman Mark Smiley, Dave Talan of the Providence GOP, and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

Fung, who is Chinese-American, says the regional meeting offers a good opportunity to share ideas, and to make new acquaintances.

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Politics
8:42 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Fung Says Republicans Need To Stay Connected With the Northeast

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung spoke at a Republican National Committee meeting in Boston. He is also expected to run for Governor of Rhode Island.
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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said Republicans have to do a better job of staying in touch with voters to increase their presence in the Northeast.

Fung spoke while attending a regional Republican National Committee meeting in Boston that ends today Friday.

“It’s about making sure that you’re there for them and to help them especially through their times of need, especially now when we’re talking about these very difficult times in the Northeast where it seems to be lagging behind many parts of the country,” said Fung.

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On Politics
4:41 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

The Republican Party's huge New England Problem

Rhode Island and the rest of New England have become foreign territory for Republicans. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why.

Just about every state in New England, and especially Rhode Island, could benefit from robust two-party political competition. Our state’s  General  Assembly has 113 members. Only 11 caucus with Republicans.

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