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5:08 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Raimondo bringing in experienced campaign veteran as chief of staff

Gina Raimondo
Credit RIPR file

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo is hiring Andrew Roos, an experienced campaign operative who helmed Myrth York's 2002 gubernatorial general election campaign, as her chief of staff, RIPR has learned. The move is the latest signal that Raimondo is very likely to run for governor in 2014.

Raimondo's chief of staff since 2011, Joe Pratt, will reportedly get a different job within her office.

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On Politics
10:28 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Brown's Paxson, ProJo's Sutton Among Business Coalition Backing Same-Sex Marriage

Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, the coalition pushing for the state Senate to pass same-sex marriage, has unveiled a new group, Rhode Island Business Leaders for Marriage Equality, whose prominent members include Brown University President Christina Paxson (not yet listed on the Web site) and Providence Journal publisher Howard Sutton.

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On Politics
5:06 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Reed + Whitehouse well-positioned to gain Senate seniority

With a wave of departures in the US Senate, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are positioned to expand their seniority -- a potent coin of the realm in Congress.

Aaron Blake reports at The Fix on the turnover:

Currently, 24 senators have called it quits between 2010 and today — just three less than the previous high of 27 retirements between 1992 and 1996.

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On Politics
3:10 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Cyber-security comes of age as a media hot topic

Cyber-security -- a topic long championed by Congressman Jim Langevin -- has finally emerged as a bona fide hot topic.

Tech writer Arik Hesseldahl offers this overview Tuesday, in a piece ominously headlined, "Cyberwar with China is here, like it or not":

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On Politics
12:15 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Follies Tickets Still Available

If yesterday’s dress rehearsal is any indication, this year’s Providence Newspaper Guild Follies will be  the funniest in years!

The Follies, of course, is the original spoof in song, skit and stand-up comedy of all things Rhode Island, especially our state’s politicians. This year, among the stars will be Linc, Gina, Angel, Jack, Jim, Sheldon, Elizabeth and David!!

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On Politics
5:58 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Chafee raises $$ with Democratic support

Governor Lincoln Chafee tells anyone who will listen that he is running for reelection in 2014, despite poll numbers that show him lagging behind other aspirants, including Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo. Well, Chafee, an independent is getting back into the fund-raising game with a big-ticket fund-raiser in Washington D.C. on Feb. 25, when Chafee is scheduled to be in the nation’s capitol for the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.

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On Politics
5:05 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Cianci Redux?

F. Scott Fitzgerald said famously that there are no second acts in American life. The Jazz Age novelist never met Vincent A. ``Buddy’’ Cianci Jr.

Cianci, believe it or not, is said to be seriously thinking of making one last run for mayor of Providence, the office he left in disgrace in 2002. According to sources familiar with Cianci’s thinking, he would only run, obviously, if he thought he had a chance at regaining City Hall.

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On Politics
4:42 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

TGIF: 12 things to know about RI politics + media

Welcome back to my Friday column. (Sorry to miss you last week; there was a little snow, as you might have heard.) Your thoughts and email are welcome, as always, at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.

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On Politics
1:36 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Neronha calls Moreau a reminder of warped political ethics in Rhode Island

Neronha during a news conference in 2012.
Credit Ian Donnis

US Attorney Peter Neronha says the sentencing this week of former Central Falls mayor Charles Moreau is a stark reminder of a blinkered view of public service held by a string of corrupt Rhode Island politicians.

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6:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Eliminating master-lever voting no panacea for 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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