RI Democrats http://ripr.org en Cianci mayoral Hamlet act ends Wednesday http://ripr.org/post/cianci-mayoral-hamlet-act-ends-wednesday <p>He puffed on the Monte Cristo in his right hand, sipped Cognac with his left and regaled a table of cronies and hangers-on with jokes and florid commentary.</p><p>It was vintage Buddy Cianci, perched at an outdoor table on a balmy evening at the Capital Grille late last Tuesday night, entertaining the crowd long after the thick sirloins and fancy wines had been devoured.</p> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 18:42:44 +0000 Scott MacKay 35599 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Master Lever Myths http://ripr.org/post/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 http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Master Lever Myths Jack Reed formally announces his re-election bid http://ripr.org/post/jack-reed-formally-announces-his-re-election-bid <p></p><p>U.S. Sen. Jack Reed D-R.I., made official this morning what everyone in Rhode Island’s political circuit &nbsp;assumed: That he is a candidate for reelection to a fourth six-year term in the Senate.</p><p>Reed’s announcement came before a crowd of 1,000 of his supporters at the senator’s 25<sup>th</sup> annual May Breakfast at Rhodes-on-the- Pawtuxet in his home city of Cranston.</p> Sun, 04 May 2014 18:07:00 +0000 Scott MacKay 33057 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island's Democrats vs. Massachusetts http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-rhode-islands-democrats-vs-massachusetts <p>Rhode Island Democrats should look to Massachusetts for some leadership on the economy. RIPR political analyst &nbsp;Scott MacKay explains why.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Rhode Island is once again ensnared in a noisy political campaign season. The stench of government corruption has led to new leadership on Smith Hill. Gordon Fox is out as speaker and Nick Mattiello is in. Democrats control both chambers of the General Assembly by big margins. Yet the historic majority party can’t seem to speak with a coherent voice on our state’s struggling economy.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 14:58:53 +0000 Scott MacKay 32978 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island's Democrats vs. Massachusetts Should Warwick taxpayers subsidize Ray McKay's Senate bid? http://ripr.org/post/should-warwick-taxpayers-subsidize-ray-mckays-senate-bid <p>Raymond McKay’s Republican U.S. Senate candidacy seems to depend on his legal battle with Warwick city officials over whether he should be allowed to keep his city job while he runs for office.</p><p>Local media outlets have much of McKay’s alleged ``right’’ to run for any office he chooses. Steve Brown of the R.I. Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union told the Providence Journal that the Warwick city ordinance that bars classified municipal employees from running for office is ``overly broad’’ and too restrictive.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:12:49 +0000 Scott MacKay 32805 at http://ripr.org Former Rep. Peter Wasylyk heads back to RI Statehouse http://ripr.org/post/former-rep-peter-wasylyk-heads-back-ri-statehouse <p>On occasion the best way to pick up Rhode Island political tidbits is to head to Boston, specifically to Fenway Park on the afternoon of the home opener, aka the Big Papi show.</p><p>As usual, former Providence Democratic state and devout Sawx fan Rep. Peter Wasylyk was in his seat near the first base line cheering on the team. During a brief conversation, he confirmed that he is going back to the Statehouse to become legal counsel to the new House Majority Leader, Rep. John DeSimone, D-North Providence.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:36:42 +0000 Scott MacKay 31585 at http://ripr.org Mattiello, new RI speaker, cleans House, starts anew amid old RI dealings http://ripr.org/post/mattiello-new-ri-speaker-cleans-house-starts-anew-amid-old-ri-dealings <p>UPDATE: Williams (Labor) Ajello (Judiciary) Melo (Finance) out as committee chairs as Mattiello takes over.</p><p>As has been the case since its days as a British colony, Rhode Island’s florid political culture is once again enmeshed in upheaval because of chicanery in high places.</p><p>The abrupt demise of Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox of Providence means another episode of &nbsp;&nbsp;`As the Rhode Island Statehouse turns.’</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:23:17 +0000 Scott MacKay 30973 at http://ripr.org Speaker Fox resigns, is the RI House ready for a chaotic speaker transfer? http://ripr.org/post/speaker-fox-resigns-ri-house-ready-chaotic-speaker-transfer <p>This just in: Gordon Fox has resigned as RI House Speaker. Here's why in a post that predicted this and was posted several hours before the Fox announcement:</p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:24:11 +0000 Scott MacKay 30876 at http://ripr.org The Real McKay in the U.S. Senate Contest http://ripr.org/post/real-mckay-us-senate-contest <p>It isn’t a surprise that Rhode Island’s Republican Party is having a difficult time finding a credible candidate to take on Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Jack Reed.</p><p>Reed first won election to the U.S. House in 1990 and moved up to the Senate after the retirement of Sen. Claibone Pell. Reed has never lost an election and in recent campaigns has had easier and easier opponents.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:48:11 +0000 Scott MacKay 30714 at http://ripr.org Clay Pell wins nurses' union support http://ripr.org/post/clay-pell-wins-nurses-union-support <p>Clay Pell’s campaign, which is in need of some good tidings after a run of `Hey Dude Where’s My Cah’ coverage, has gotten the endorsement of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals, a nod that Democratic politicians covet.</p><p>``Rhode Island desperately needs principled and dynamic leadership to get our state moving in the right direction again. Clay represents our best opportunity for a new beginning and a clean break away from the same old politics that have left far too many Rhode Islanders without hope,’’ said Linda McDonald, a registered nurse who is president of UNAP.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:52:23 +0000 Scott MacKay 30406 at http://ripr.org