Channel 12 WPRI http://ripr.org en Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Governor Campaign, Democrats as Republicans, Republicans as Democrats http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-ri-governor-campaign-democrats-republicans-republicans-democrats <p>Rhode Island’s modern political history is filled with bitter Democratic primaries for governor. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay&nbsp; says this campaign season it is the Republicans who are bashing each other.</p><p></p><p>Rhode Island voters have not elected a Democratic governor since 1992, when Bruce Sundlun decisively beat Republican Betty Leonard. There are many factors contributing to this Democratic Statehouse futility.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:18:49 +0000 Scott MacKay 35086 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Governor Campaign, Democrats as Republicans, Republicans as Democrats 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 Former Channel 12 reporter Raina Smith is new Mollis spokeswoman http://ripr.org/post/former-channel-12-reporter-raina-smith-new-mollis-spokeswoman <p>Raina C. Smith, a former Channel 12-WPRI reporter, freelance writer and novelist, has been hired by&nbsp; Democratic RI Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis as his new director of communications. Smith replaces Chris Barnett, who left the secretary of state’s office to take a communications post with the Rhode Island Foundation.</p><p>Smith, 42, a North Scituate native who currently lives in Cranston, has her first day on the job today. She will be paid $92,669 annually. She is a 1997 graduate of Rhode Island College, where she majored in communications and graduated cum laude.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:30:42 +0000 Scott MacKay 20286 at http://ripr.org