Rhode Island Democratic Party http://ripr.org en Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island Needs More People Like The Pells http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-rhode-island-needs-more-people-pells <p>Rhode Island pays its final respects this morning to Nuala Pell, widow of &nbsp;Sen. Claiborne Pell at services in Newport. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why the passing of Mrs. Pell signals the end of an era.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Sen. Claiborne Pell represented Rhode Island for 36 years in the United States Senate. Few senators have ever better served a state.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:59:09 +0000 Scott MacKay 32273 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island Needs More People Like The Pells 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 Political Roundtable: David Caprio On Unions, The Governor's Race, And A Family In Politics http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-david-caprio-unions-governors-race-and-family-politics <p>The newly elected chair of the Rhode Island Democratic Party is our guest on Political Roundtable this week.&nbsp; David Caprio weighs in on his problems with organized labor, a potentially fractious gubernatorial primary and his goals for the party that dominates Rhode Island politics. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic is filling in for Ian Donnis as moderator.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. <a href="mailto:news@ripr.org">news@ripr.org</a></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:50:37 +0000 Flo Jonic 23410 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: David Caprio On Unions, The Governor's Race, And A Family In Politics 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