2014 RI governor race http://ripr.org en Cianci Runs: Heeee's Back http://ripr.org/post/cianci-runs-heeees-back <p>Heeeee’s back: Vincent A. `Buddy’ Cianci Jr., made official this afternoon what he has been talking about &nbsp;for months, &nbsp;that he will try for a Lazarus-like, unprecedented third comeback as Providence mayor, this time as an independent.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:19:41 +0000 Scott MacKay 35796 at http://ripr.org 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 Few sparks in first televised Democratic governor debate http://ripr.org/post/few-sparks-first-televised-democratic-governor-debate <p>The 2014 Rhode Island campaign for governor began in earnest tonight as Democratic primary aspirants Angel Taveras, Clay Pell and Gina Raimondo met in a live televised debate on WPRI-TV that was far more remarkable for policy agreements than disagreements or the sharp, thrust-and-parry exchanges emblematic of Democratic primaries of yore.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 01:46:34 +0000 Scott MacKay 34973 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 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 Time for Clay Pell to Step Away from The Car http://ripr.org/post/time-clay-pell-step-away-car <p>Whither Clay Pell’s campaign for governor? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts.</p><p>How do you know your campaign is in trouble: When your car is getting more attention than your ideas.</p><p>That’s what’s happening to the infant campaign of Clay Pell, who would like to be our next governor.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:31:44 +0000 Scott MacKay 30373 at http://ripr.org The Politics of the RI Pension Settlement http://ripr.org/post/politics-ri-pension-settlement <p>In most protracted court battles, a settlement reached after tortuous year-long negotiations marks the end of a lawsuit and allows the parties to move forward. Often the lawyers celebrate and perhaps even share an odd drop together.</p><p>That wasn’t the case Friday. The &nbsp;proposed legal settlement between the state and the unions that represent public school teachers and state employees and retirees is just the beginning of a cumbersome ratification process that is sure to become ensnared in what is shaping up as a contentious political campaign season in Rhode Island.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:31:50 +0000 Scott MacKay 29162 at http://ripr.org The Clay Pell factor in 2014 RI Governor campaign http://ripr.org/post/clay-pell-factor-2014-ri-governor-campaign <p>Just when we thought we knew that next year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary field was set, it suddenly was not. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks about the Clay Pell factor.</p><p>Herbert Claiborne `Clay’ Pell&nbsp; IV is a scion of a storied Rhode Island political family. He’s the grandson of U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell, a quirky, even eccentric politician who nonetheless never lost an election in six terms, despite facing the toughest opponents our small state could muster.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:57:51 +0000 Scott MacKay 25234 at http://ripr.org Bottom Line: The Politics and the Changing Business Environment http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-politics-and-changing-business-environment <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.</p><p></p><p>This week, Dave and Mark sit down with<span lang="en-US"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><font color="#1F497D"> RI Public Expenditure Council Executive Director John Simmons. </font></span></font></span></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 21627 at http://ripr.org Bottom Line: The Politics and the Changing Business Environment What Chafee's pullout leaves http://ripr.org/post/what-chafees-pullout-leaves <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee’s departure from next year’s Rhode Island governor’s campaign has scrambled the field. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay takes on the new generation of leaders likely to vy for the Statehouse.</p><p>Whatever you think of his governorship or his policies, Chafee’s decision to drop out of the race passes the torch to a new generation of Rhode Island politicians. Unless you live in a yurt or have totally abandoned following state government, you’ve probably heard of Angel&nbsp; Taveras, Gina Raimondo or Allan Fung.</p> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 21:54:04 +0000 Scott MacKay 21329 at http://ripr.org