Alan Fung http://ripr.org en Passing the torch to a new generation of RI pols http://ripr.org/post/passing-torch-new-generation-ri-pols <p>Out with old and in with the new. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why that may be the theme of Rhode Island’s 2014 election cycle.</p><p>John F. Kennedy put it eloquently in his 1961 inaugural address: ``Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.’’</p><p>The Ocean State elections promise to turn friend into foe, but that happens every two years in our insular political culture. What is becoming notable as the parade forms for the 2014 is the changing of the generational guard.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 19:24:19 +0000 Scott MacKay 23793 at http://ripr.org Chafee's departure http://ripr.org/post/chafees-departure <p></p><p>In a Rhode Island political career spanning nearly 30 years, Lincoln Davenport &nbsp;Chafee has marched, Thoreau-like, to his own drummer. This afternoon, the state’s 74<sup>th</sup> governor, a man who tried to do his best in the worst of times, showed the state once again that he follows his own compass,<a href="http://ripr.org/post/chafee-drops-out-ris-2014-race-governor"> announcing&nbsp; he will not seek reelection in 2014 to the governorship he won narrowly in 2010</a>.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:05:08 +0000 Scott MacKay 21144 at http://ripr.org What is Robitaille thinking? http://ripr.org/post/what-robitaille-thinking <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 19px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">You just have to wonder what&nbsp; John Robitaille is thinking? He decides to drop out of&nbsp; the running (not that he was ever in) for governor in 2014 with a blast at voters. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 19:45:36 +0000 Scott MacKay 4717 at http://ripr.org