Mark Smiley en Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Master Lever Myths <p>Eliminating the master lever in Rhode Island elections is picking up steam in the General Assembly. RIPR political analyst&nbsp; Scott MacKay says getting rid of straight party voting may be much ado about not much.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Rhode Island House of Representatives recently voted unanimously to end the so-called master lever, a relic of the state’s urban political machine past. A conga line of statewide elected politicians, from Gov. Lincoln Chafee down to Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, support this change.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:40:43 +0000 Scott MacKay 33626 at Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Master Lever Myths Republican Party Wants Pension Dispute Settled In Court <p>The Rhode Island Republican Party is backing up the GOP’s two gubernatorial candidates in saying that the state pension dispute should be resolved in court.&nbsp; Two of the state’s leading Democrats still support the push for a settlement between the two sides</p><p></p><p>A proposed pension settlement unveiled in February was cast in doubt Monday when one of six groups that have to offer initial approval rejected the deal. State GOP chairman Mark Smiley said he agrees with his party’s gubernatorial candidates that the pension conflict should be decided in court.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:09:47 +0000 Ian Donnis 31833 at Bonus Q+A: Harrop on Running for Mayor Of Providence + the GOP's RI Challenges <p>Daniel Harrop joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his Republican campaign for mayor of Providence; the challenges facing the Rhode Island GOP; economic development in Rhode Island's capital city; and other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 20857 at Political Roundtable: Chafee Defends Tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge <p></p><p>Governor Lincoln Chafee joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss whether RI Democrats are doing enough to move the economy forward; tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge; NSA surveillaince; education policy; and why his poll ratings are so low.</p><p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 20482 at Political Roundtable: Chafee Defends Tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge State Republicans Point to Democrats as Unemployment Rises <p>The head of the state Republican Party is blaming legislative Democrats for failing to improve Rhode Island’s economy. The state’s unemployment rate climbed by a tenth of percent in July, to 8.9 percent.</p><p></p><p>State GOP chairman Mark Smiley said the General Assembly’s Democratic leaders are wrong to brag about their efforts when the unemployment rate is going in the wrong direction.</p><p></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:22:04 +0000 Ian Donnis 20324 at State Republicans Point to Democrats as Unemployment Rises Rhode Island Republicans Head to Boston For GOP Committee Meeting <p>A handful of GOP activists from Rhode Island are in Boston for a regional meeting of the Republican National Committee that wraps up today Friday.&nbsp; The get-together offers an opportunity for networking and strategizing.</p><p>The Rhode Islanders in Boston include state GOP chairman Mark Smiley, Dave Talan of the Providence GOP, and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.</p><p>Fung, who is Chinese-American, says the regional meeting offers a good opportunity to share ideas, and to make new acquaintances.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:52:14 +0000 Ian Donnis 20162 at Fung Says Republicans Need To Stay Connected With the Northeast <p>Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said Republicans have to do a better job of staying in touch with voters to increase their presence in the Northeast.</p><p></p><p>Fung spoke while attending a regional Republican National Committee meeting in Boston that ends today Friday.</p><p></p><p>“It’s about making sure that you’re there for them and to help them especially through their times of need, especially now when we’re talking about these very difficult times in the Northeast where it seems to be lagging behind many parts of the country,” said Fung.</p><p></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:42:23 +0000 Ian Donnis 20161 at Fung Says Republicans Need To Stay Connected With the Northeast The Republican Party's huge New England Problem <p>Rhode Island and the rest of New England have become foreign territory for Republicans. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why.</p><p>Just about every state in New England, and especially Rhode Island, could benefit from robust two-party political competition. Our state’s &nbsp;General&nbsp; Assembly has 113 members. Only 11 caucus with Republicans.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 20:41:23 +0000 Scott MacKay 16929 at Support Grows for Defaulting on $100M Taxpayer Tab Over 38 Studios <p></p><p>The debate is intensifying over whether Rhode Island should default on the roughly $100 million owed by taxpayers due to <a href="">the state's losing investment in failed video game-maker 38 Studios</a>.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:07:19 +0000 Ian Donnis 16326 at Support Grows for Defaulting on $100M Taxpayer Tab Over 38 Studios Bonus Q+A: Smiley on the Next Steps for RI Republicans <p>RI GOP chairman Mark Smiley joins us on Bonus Q+A to discuss building GOP ranks in the General Assembly, attempts to rebuild Republicans' presence in New England, and other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 24 May 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 15727 at