On Politics http://ripr.org en TGIF: 10 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-10-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-11 <p>Welcome back to my weekly column, and thanks for stopping by. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me all week long on the twitters. Here we go.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:13:02 +0000 Ian Donnis 36591 at http://ripr.org The R.I. and Mass. casino conundrum http://ripr.org/post/ri-and-mass-casino-conundrum <p>Early edition of Monday voiced essay: It’s election year in Rhode Island. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the one issue that never goes away in our small state – casino gambling.</p><p>There’s an old gallows humor joke about banks and creditors. If you owe the bank $30,000, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank $300 million, you own the bank.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:46:20 +0000 Scott MacKay 36596 at http://ripr.org Zaccaria Unveils Republican Challenge to Jack Reed http://ripr.org/post/zaccaria-unveils-republican-challenge-jack-reed <p></p><p>Republican <a href="http://zaccariaforsenate.com/">Mark Zaccaria</a>, a former state GOP chairman who ran unsuccessfully against US Representative Jim Langevin in 2008 and 2010, on Monday unveiled his challenge against US Senator <a href="http://www.jackreed2014.com/splash">Jack Reed</a>.</p><p>Although Republicans hope to gain control of the US Senate, Reed's seat is considered<a href="http://ripr.org/post/reed-poised-chair-senate-armed-services-committee-2015"> among the safest </a>in the chamber.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:26:57 +0000 Ian Donnis 36348 at http://ripr.org Zaccaria Unveils Republican Challenge to Jack Reed House Speaker Mattiello Claims Improvement on RI's Business Climate http://ripr.org/post/house-speaker-mattiello-claims-improvement-ris-business-climate <p></p><p>House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello emerged in March with a strong hold on what is commonly called the state's most powerful political office. Following the unveiling of a probe of former speaker Gordon Fox, Mattiello won a brief succession fight and pledged a stronger focus on jobs and the economy. Mattiello sat down last week to discuss his first few months as speaker and some of the top issues facing the state, including his choice for governor and Buddy Cianci's latest comeback attempt.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36127 at http://ripr.org House Speaker Mattiello Claims Improvement on RI's Business Climate TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-17-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-3 <p>Happy Independence Day! Thanks for stopping by for my Friday column. Feel free to share your tips via idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to follow me <a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon">on the twitters</a>. Without further ado, and with a lot more political fireworks on the way, let's get going.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 17:05:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36059 at http://ripr.org Bruins Fans Get Their RI License Plates http://ripr.org/post/bruins-fans-get-their-ri-license-plates <p>Hockey fans of the Boston Bruins will be able to show their allegiance on their Rhode Island license plates under legislation approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Lincoln Chafee.</p><p>Under the law, the new Bruins plates will cost hockey devotees an extra $40, half of which will go to the state and half will be allocated to charities affiliated with the Boston Bruins Foundation. The money must be spent on Rhode Island-based charities.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:45:46 +0000 Scott MacKay 36184 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: We're Trying To Keep Politics Focused On Issues. Will You Help? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-were-trying-keep-politics-focused-issues-will-you-help <p>You may be fed up with Rhode Island politics. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says now is no time for Rhode Islanders to retreat into a cocoon of apathy.</p><p></p><p></p><p>It’s the high season of summer in our corner of southeastern New England. A time of blue skies, fluffy whipped cream clouds and sun-washed surf. It’s what many of us consider our best season. Proust had his madeleines. Rhode Island natives have our childhood memories stirred by plates stacked high with steamers, saugys and clambakes on the beach.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:04:57 +0000 Scott MacKay 36150 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: We're Trying To Keep Politics Focused On Issues. Will You Help? Joe Paolino moving to Newport, planning strong table games campaign for Newport Grand http://ripr.org/post/joe-paolino-moving-newport-planning-strong-table-games-campaign-newport-grand <p>Former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino has been a stalwart booster of Buddy Cianci’s redemption tour. But now that Cianci has filed for election for Providence mayor and Charles Mansolillo has been appointed Cianci’s campaign manager, Paolino is turning his political attention to Newport, where he is part of a group that wants to buy and improve the Newport Grand gambling emporium.</p><p>(Rhode Island being Rhode Island, Paolino and Mansolillo are well-acquainted; the two ran against each other for mayor in 1986 in a campaign won comfortably by Paolino).</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:02:56 +0000 Scott MacKay 36121 at http://ripr.org Mattiello: Cianci's Effect on RI's Image is For Voters to Decide http://ripr.org/post/mattiello-ciancis-effect-ris-image-voters-decide <p></p><p>House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says he considers Buddy Cianci "a great guy," but the speaker isn't taking sides in the debate about whether Cianci's latest comeback attempt is good or bad for Rhode Island's reputation.</p><p>"I'll leave that to the citizens of the City of Providence to make that determination," Mattiello said during a Statehouse interview Tuesday afternoon.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:15:03 +0000 Ian Donnis 36089 at http://ripr.org Mattiello: Cianci's Effect on RI's Image is For Voters to Decide The 229th Bristol Fourth http://ripr.org/post/229th-bristol-fourth <p>Hike the streets of Bristol this week. It’s an exercise in history and Old Home Week. From the concerts in Independence Park, to the taverns, markets and a Hope Street adorned with the freshly painted &nbsp;red, white and blue stripe down the middle.</p><p>This old&nbsp; New England port, marinated in history, is the scene this week of handshakes and hugs, as people who haven’t seen each other recently - some in many years – greet and relive the old times.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:39:55 +0000 Scott MacKay 36003 at http://ripr.org