RI Senate http://ripr.org en Leo Skenyon to become Speaker Mattiello chief of staff http://ripr.org/post/leo-skenyon-become-speaker-mattiello-chief-staff <p>UPDATE: Skenyon began working in Mattiello's office today, according to House spokesman Larry Berman.</p><p></p><p>With rumors dancing through the Statehouse corridors of power, new House Speaker Nick Mattiello, D-Cranston has yet to reveal his leadership team. Which isn’t unusual, considering he wasn’t formally elected speaker until about an hour ago.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:40:36 +0000 Scott MacKay 31041 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Hello To The 2014 General Assembly's 2013 Hangover http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-hello-2014-general-assemblys-2013-hangover <p>Rhode Island’s General Assembly convenes a new session Tuesday. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why this year’s legislature may sound a lot like last year’s.</p><p></p><p></p><p>By now, most of us have cleared our heads of those New Year’s&nbsp; hangovers. That’s not the case for Rhode Island’s 113 lawmakers.</p><p>The 2014 Assembly that convenes tomorrow will resemble nothing so much as the …2013 Assembly. The reason for this is all too evident: &nbsp;As has too often been the case, the Smith Hill Crowd decided not to decide some big, prickly issues last session.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 22:02:53 +0000 Scott MacKay 27130 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Hello To The 2014 General Assembly's 2013 Hangover The Good and Bad of 2013 RI General Assembly http://ripr.org/post/good-and-bad-2013-ri-general-assembly <p>Rhode Island’s 2013 General Assembly made history by legalizing gay marriage. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why lawmakers don’t handle other issues in the same manner.</p><p>After a vigorous debate, the Assembly made history in April when it approved same gender marriage, making Rhode Island the 12<sup>th</sup> American state to sanction gay unions.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 16:54:33 +0000 Scott MacKay 17939 at http://ripr.org