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12:22 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Fox says considering default on 38 Studio bonds is “an option”

Governor Lincoln Chafee has said he won’t even consider defaulting on the bonds for 38 Studios, and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo says the state should honor the bonds.

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10:32 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Does the East Side really want to defeat Gordon Fox?

Mark Binder has run a vigorous and aggressive campaign for state representative against House Speaker Gordon Fox  D-Providence, on the city’s East Side. Binder deserves credit for his focus on Fox’s record and for turning up the spotlight on the things about the State House that makes voters’ blood boil – the wee hours votes on the controversial legislation, the 38 Studios fiasco, the lack of  transparency  that too often is the rule, rather than the exception, on Smith Hill.

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9:34 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Rhode Islanders joining the Obama-Romney fight in New Hampshire

New Hampshire has just four electoral votes — the same puny number as Rhode Island. Yet the neck-and-neck race between President Obama and Mitt Romney has sparked a situation in which the Granite State, as Politico noted, could punch above its weight in presidential politics.

New Hampshire offers the closest opportunity for Ocean State partisans who want to get involved in Romney-Obama race beyond writing a check.

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On Politics
2:38 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

TGIF: 12 things to know about RI politics + media

Welcome back to my Friday column. Your tips/thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let’s get to the list.

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12:51 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Watch Gordon Fox and Mark Binder go head-to-head on Newsmakers

House Speaker Gordon Fox and his legislative opponent, Mark Binder, squared off during a taped debate this morning on WPRI/WNAC-TV’s Newsmakers.

The topics included Fox’s campaign contributors, Rhode Island’s economy, 38 Studios, same-sex marriage legislation, last year’s pension overhaul, and much more. The skirmish is expected to be their last debate, following one earlier this week, before Election Day.

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12:50 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Doherty, Cicilline down the homestretch in CD 1

We’re down to the wire with Republican Brendan Doherty and Democrat David Cicilline. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the nail-biter that is Rhode Island 1st District congressional campaign.

Voters in the 19 communities that make up Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District are being courted by Republican Doherty and Democrat Cicilline with the ardor of a battleground presidential state.

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12:00 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Langevin’s first TV ad takes populist stance against Riley

Second District Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin is up with his first TV commercial against Republican challanger Michael Riley. It uses Riley’s self-description as a Wall Street-type and links him with Mitt Romney.

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3:03 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Duffy: 2000-style presidential cliffhanger possible on November 6

Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report says a presidential cliffhanger — like  when Al Gore won the popular vote in 2000, but lost the Electoral College to George W. Bush — isn’t out of the question next month.

During a taping today of RIPR’s Bonus Q+A (airing Friday at 6:40 and 8:40 am), she said:

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3:02 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Cicilline likened to Lazarus; Cook Political Report moves RI CD1 to “Lean D”

More good news for Democratic Congressman David Cicilline, even after a better than expected debate performance this week by Republican opponent Brendan Doherty: The respected Cook Political Report in Washington, DC, has moved the RI CD1 race from “Toss up” to “Lean D.”

Here’s the accompanying text from Cook:

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3:00 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

11 highlights from the battle between Mark Binder and Speaker Gordon Fox

In most election years, someone like House Speaker Gordon Fox could laugh off a challenge by a relatively obscure challenger. But in the aftermath of the state’s disastrous investment in 38 Studios, independent Mark Binder is using that epic fail – among other issues – in a pointed campaign against perhaps the most powerful person in Rhode Island politics.

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