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10:56 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Elorza Moving Ahead With Providence Mayoral Run

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Jorge Elorza, a professor at Roger Williams University Law School, is gearing up to run for mayor of Providence if Angel Taveras seeks another office.

"If Angel decides to run for governor, I will run for mayor," Elorza said Wednesday, in his first interview on the subject.

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On Politics
4:13 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Former DOH spokeswoman Chadwick hired by HealthSourceRI

HealthSourceRI, the effort to implement Obamacare in Rhode Island, has hired former state Department of Health spokeswoman Dara Chadwick as its director of communications.

According to a statement, Chadwick "will serve as the primary media contact for HealthSourceRI and will play a key role in public outreach and education efforts around the newly-launched marketplace. She will also have a role in shaping policy for the new entity." HealthSourceRI plans to begin open enrollment on October 1.

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2:30 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Former Channel 12 reporter Raina Smith is new Mollis spokeswoman

Raina C. Smith, a former Channel 12-WPRI reporter, freelance writer and novelist, has been hired by  Democratic RI Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis as his new director of communications. Smith replaces Chris Barnett, who left the secretary of state’s office to take a communications post with the Rhode Island Foundation.

Smith, 42, a North Scituate native who currently lives in Cranston, has her first day on the job today. She will be paid $92,669 annually. She is a 1997 graduate of Rhode Island College, where she majored in communications and graduated cum laude.

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On Politics
12:41 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

For Rhode Island, Is It Still "It's the Economy, Stupid?"

State Republican chairman Mark Smiley issued a news release Monday, taking to task Rhode Island's Democratic legislative leaders for the moribund condition of the local economy. Smiley's message -- if we can borrow a phrase from Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential run -- is: It's (still) the economy, stupid.

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1:24 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Rhode Island and Leibovich's `This Town'

John O.  Pastore was a legendary Rhode Island political figure, the son of immigrants and the first Italian-American elected as a governor and a U.S. Senator. A dominant figure in state politics, Pastore had a distinguished 26-year tenure  in the Senate and never lost an election in a long career that began in the doldrums of the Great Depression in the General Assembly and ended with his decision in 1976 to retire rather than run again for a seat he would have easily kept.

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4:45 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About RI Politics + Media

Welcome back to my Friday column. As always you can reach me at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's get started.

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2:11 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Why does the GOP so fear Obamacare?

The debate over Obamacare rages from Providence to Pasadena. As the state moves closer to launching its health insurance exchange, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the arguments and traces the law’s Rhode Island roots.

Ask Rhode Island Republican State Chairman Mark Smiley what he thinks of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare and you’ll get a blunt answer:  He says, ``I hate it.’’

Smiley’s position is simple and wedded to his party’s national stance: Repeal the entire law and start over. ``Socialism,’’ he says, ``doesn’t work.’’

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2:49 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Stanton Hopeful For the Future of Investigative Reporting

For sportswriter-turned-investigative reporter Mike Stanton, finding a good lead -- on one occasion in the '90s, at least -- didn't require more than a visit with his friends in the Providence Journal's sports department.

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5:05 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

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

Welcome back to my Friday politics + media column. As always, you can reach me at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's head in.

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3:18 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Four Groups Press Raimondo for More Disclosure on Hedge Funds

Four groups -- Common Cause of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Press Association, and the state chapters of the ACLU and the League of Women Voters -- say state Treasurer Gina Raimondo needs to offer more disclosure about the state pension fund's investment in hedge funds.

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