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On Politics
5:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Why Doherty doesn’t support changing the Violence Against Women Act

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the battle for women voters has emerged as a central theme in the intensifying First Congressional District race between Republican Brendan Doherty and David Cicilline.

Doherty today changed his tactics, adopting a tougher tone in accusing Cicilline of being hypocritical by questioning Doherty’s commitment to protecting women.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Riley says he won’t run for Congress again if he loses in November

Michael Riley, the Republican challenging Congressman Jim Langevin in CD2, says he’ll be a one-and-done congressional candidate if he doesn’t win in November.

Speaking during a taping today of RIPR’s Political Roundtable, Riley was asked if he’ll run again if his bid to unseat Langevin comes up short. His response:

“No, absolutely not. The reason I’m running now is because of the fragile nature of the [US] economy.”

On Politics
3:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Rep. Patrick O’Neill leaves Fox’s leadership lineup

It appears there is dissension in the already diminished team of House Speaker Gordon Fox, D_Providence. House Whip Patrick O’Neill, a Pawtucket Democrat who represents a district anchored by the Oak Hill neighborhood, has resigned his post.

“I wish Rep. O’Neill well and appreciate his contributions to our leadership team,’’ Fox said in a statement. “I spoke with the other leadership members and we are united and moving forward.’’

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On Politics
2:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Doherty calls out Cicilline over some of his past legal clients

Brendan Doherty, a former superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, charges that Congressman David Cicilline, a former criminal-defense lawyer, is being hypocritical by questioning Doherty’s commitment to protecting women.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

High approval ratings are hardly a guarantee of electoral victory

A Channel 12 poll this week reaffirmed the status of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo as the most popular elected officials of the moment. Their high marks seem to be a reflection of how voters think Raimondo and Taveras are facing tough issues head-on.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Ah the irony of presidential politics

Ok, So let’s get this straight. The top of the income scale has done just fine under President Obama, the president who bailed out their banks and auto companies. His administration has kept taxes at 50-year lows for the wealthy. The Dow has come roaring back under his administration. Yet, the one-percent, or two-percent, or ten-percent or whatever you think is the top income cutoff express little but contempt for the president. These people, who have done so well under his tenure, are voting against him and for Mitt Romney.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Where to watch the Obama-Romney debate in RI

Here’s a rundown on some of tonight’s debate-watch events for the first match between Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Barack Obama:

CCRI is hosting a debate watch:

In partnership with the American Democracy Project at Rhode Island College, CCRI’s DebateWatch will bring citizens from across Rhode Island and neighboring states to campus for the televised presidential debate, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Vincent A. Cullen Field House on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick. The schedule is as follows:

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On Politics
2:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

The mythology of “Rhode Island’s most popular politician”

Another outburst of Raimondomania flared when state Treasurer Gina Raimondo was a guest last week on Greater Boston, a Hub-centric public affairs show on WGBH-TV. Getting the attention of Bostonians is no small accomplishment.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Doherty campaign estimates 308K take for Q3; 506K cash on hand

Republican congressional candidate Brendan Doherty had a strong fundraising quarter, raising about $308,000 in Q3, according to an estimate provided by campaign manager Ian Prior. The estimate for Doherty’s cash on hand is $506,000.

Numbers for Q3 weren’t avaiable yet from Democrat David Cicilline’s campaign. Cicilline pulled in more than $300,000 in Q2.

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3:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Jennifer Duffy to keynote RIPEC annual dinner

Jennifer Duffy, the Rhode Island native who is a Washington, D.C. political savant, is slated to be the keynote speaker October 18 at the 69th annual dinner of the Rhode Island Public expenditure Council, the business-financed government research group.

Duffy, senior editor for the Cook Political Report, the nonpartisan newsletter that analyzes U.S. elections and political trends, has become a staple on national news television news programs and on cable news outlets.

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