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11:07 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Support Grows for Defaulting on $100M Taxpayer Tab Over 38 Studios

The debate is intensifying over whether Rhode Island should default on the roughly $100 million owed by taxpayers due to the state's losing investment in failed video game-maker 38 Studios.

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4:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Smiley on the Next Steps for RI Republicans

RI GOP chairman Mark Smiley joins us on Bonus Q+A to discuss building GOP ranks in the General Assembly, attempts to rebuild Republicans' presence in New England, and other issues.

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4:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Political Roundtable: RI GOP Chairman Mark Smiley on Gist + 2014

Credit Ian / RIPR

RI GOP chairman joins the Roundtable this week (along with guest panelist Tim White of WPRI-TV, Channel 12) to discuss the debate over state Education Commissioner Deborah Gist; Moderate Party founder Ken Block's entry in the 2014 gubernatorial race, what's next for Rhode Island Republicans, and more.

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7:15 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Rhode Island Republicans Eye Reed's Seat

The state Republican chairman says the GOP plans to field a candidate when Senator Jack Reed seeks re-election next year.  A fundraiser on Monday, featuring Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, helped pour even more money into Reed’s campaign war chest.

Reed is considered to have one of the safest seats in the US Senate, and he’s sitting on a war chest of about $2 million. Reed, a Democrat, plans to seek his fourth term next year.

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4:54 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Smiley: RI GOP Intends to Field a Candidate Against Reed Next Year

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State GOP chairman Mark Smiley says his party "absolutely" intends to run a candidate against US senator Jack Reed next year.

A few politically active Republicans privately say they consider a challenge against Reed -- or the other Democrats in Rhode Island's congressional delegation -- an utter waste of time. Resources would be better used, they say, in trying to build the 11-member GOP presence in the 113-member General Assembly.

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4:00 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

TGIF: 10 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

If April is the cruelest month, as T.S. Eliot wrote, perhaps it's due to the chilly weather greeting the start of the baseball season. Welcome back to my weekly column. Your thoughts and tips are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's get to it.

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4:18 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

TGIF: 14 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

Welcome back to my weekly column. Spring is starting to pop, and there's never a shortage of news hereabouts, so let's get to it. As always, your thoughts and tips are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.

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Politics
2:47 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

RI GOP Deadlocked on Vote for Party Chair

Credit Rhode Island Republican Party

Rhode Island Republican State Central Committee failed last night to elect a new Party Chair for the 2014 cycle. The vote was invalidated after one more vote was counted than there were delegates registered, despite double-checking systems.

According to outgoing Chair Mark Zaccaria, the crowd of delegates created a level of chaos at the meeting. And the race was close enough that each vote was crucial; contenders Dr. Daniel Harrop of Providence and Mr. Mark Smiley of Warren received 93 and 94 votes, respectively.

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9:11 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Two Candidates Vying to Head Rhode Island GOP

The Rhode Island Republican Party will select its next chairman when GOP activists gather Thursday evening in Cranston. The GOP has wrestled with turnover in the chairman’s position in recent years.

Warren businessman Mark Smiley and Providence psychiatrist Daniel Harrop are competing to be the next state party chairman. They’re running to succeed former congressional candidate Mark Zaccaria, who announced plans to step down last year.

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