On Politics http://ripr.org en Judge Silverstein Upholds 38 Studios Legal Settlements http://ripr.org/post/judge-silverstein-upholds-38-studios-legal-settlements <p>Rhode Island &nbsp;Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein has upheld an initial legal settlement in Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s 38 Studios lawsuit over the $75 million state loan guarantee granted to the failed video game company started by Curt Schilling, the former&nbsp; Boston Red Sox pitcher.</p><p>In an opinion released this afternoon, Silverstein approved a $4.4 million settlement reached with the Providence law firm of Moses, Alfonso and Ryan, a firm that advised the state on bonds of the ill-fated loan program.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:51:25 +0000 Scott MacKay 37110 at http://ripr.org TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-12-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-31 <p>There are few places better than Rhode Island in the summer -- and that's doubly true for political junkies thanks to our very busy election season. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column, and feel free to share your tips and thoughts via idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. You can also follow me all week long <a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon">on the twitters</a>. Let's get to it.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:08:04 +0000 Ian Donnis 36942 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: More Twists In Providence Mayoral Contest http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-more-twists-providence-mayoral-contest <p>Just when you thought you knew the candidate field in the Providence mayoral campaign, things changed. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay’s thoughts on the capital city’s revised City Hall election.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Another week, another new twist in the Providence mayor campaign. The departure of independent Lorne Adrain from the race has set off a scramble for his supporters, most of whom hail from his home neighborhood on the city’s affluent East Side.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:09:33 +0000 Scott MacKay 36892 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: More Twists In Providence Mayoral Contest Elorza Plan Targets Doubling Providence Exports in Five Years http://ripr.org/post/elorza-plan-targets-doubling-providence-exports-five-years <p><a href="http://elorzaformayor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Export-Providence-Plan.pdf">A plan set for release Thursday morning</a> by Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza targets a goal of doubling exports through the Port of Providence over five years -- a move, he says, that could add between 1,500 and 1,600 jobs.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:00:23 +0000 Ian Donnis 36845 at http://ripr.org Cianci Says He Expected A Two-Man Fight When He Entered the Mayoral Race http://ripr.org/post/cianci-says-he-expected-two-man-fight-when-he-entered-mayoral-race <p></p><p>Buddy Cianci says he anticipated <a href="http://ripr.org/post/buddy-cianci-running-again-providence-mayor">when he jumped into the Providence mayoral race last month</a> that it would ultimately become a two-man fight.</p><p>"I always anticipated a two-man race when I made the decision to come into the field," Cianci, who is running as an independent, tells RIPR.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:10:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36836 at http://ripr.org Cianci Says He Expected A Two-Man Fight When He Entered the Mayoral Race In Move To Build Support Beyond East Side, Smiley Unveils Hull's Endorsement http://ripr.org/post/move-build-support-beyond-east-side-smiley-unveils-hulls-endorsement <p></p><p>In a move to strengthen support beyond his East Side base, Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley unveiled an endorsement Wednesday by state Representative Ray Hull (D-Providence), a 28-year Providence police officer who lives in the same ward as rival candidate Michael Solomon and was formerly a driver for Buddy Cianci.</p><p>During a news conference at his home in the city's Mount Pleasant section, Hull said he decided to back Smiley over the two other leading Democrats, Solomon and Jorge Elorza, because of the East Sider's public safety plan.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:29:45 +0000 Ian Donnis 36823 at http://ripr.org In Move To Build Support Beyond East Side, Smiley Unveils Hull's Endorsement Taveras, Raimondo Scrap Over Wall Street Influence http://ripr.org/post/taveras-raimondo-scrap-over-wall-street-influence <p>Angel Taveras' Democratic gubernatorial campaign used a statement released Monday to press its central line of attack against his main rival, Gina Raimondo, charging she's closely aligned with Wall Street interests. Raimondo's campaign responded by disputing the message and expressing disappointment "in the increasingly personal and negative nature of the mayor's campaign."</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:14:50 +0000 Ian Donnis 36708 at http://ripr.org Lorne Adrain Exits Providence Mayoral Campaign http://ripr.org/post/lorne-adrain-exits-providence-mayoral-campaign <p>Lorne Adrain is leaving the Providence mayoral election in hopes that his departure gives a candidate other than former mayor Buddy Cianci a clearer path to victory.</p><p>In a statement, Adrain did not mention Cianci, but announced why he is ending his independent candidacy.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:33:11 +0000 Scott MacKay 36693 at http://ripr.org Lorne Adrain Exits Providence Mayoral Campaign TGIF: 10 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-10-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-11 <p>Welcome back to my weekly column, and thanks for stopping by. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me all week long on the twitters. Here we go.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:13:02 +0000 Ian Donnis 36591 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The R.I. And Mass. Casino Conundrum http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-ri-and-mass-casino-conundrum <p>It’s election year in Rhode Island. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the one issue that never goes away in our small state – casino gambling.</p><p></p><p></p><p>There’s an old gallows humor joke about banks and creditors. If you owe the bank $30,000, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank $300 million, you own the bank.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:46:20 +0000 Scott MacKay 36596 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The R.I. And Mass. Casino Conundrum