GOP en Scott MacKay Commentary: The Future Of RI's Tea Party <p>What is the Tea Party’s future in Rhode Island Republican politics? Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay talks tea about two announced GOP candidates for governor.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Scott MacKay’s commentary can be heard every Monday on Morning Edition at 6:35 and 8:35 and on All Things Considered at 5:50. You can also follow his political analysis and reporting at our ‘On Politics’ blog at</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:38:39 +0000 Scott MacKay 24611 at Scott MacKay Commentary: The Future Of RI's Tea Party Federal Prosecutors Feel Pinch of Shutdown <p>The federal government shutdown is having an impact on the prosecution of federal cases in Rhode Island.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha has had to furlough a third to a half of his 45-person staff because of the federal government shutdown.&nbsp; He said they&rsquo;re managing by bringing in people who are working on the most urgent cases and then rotating them as the cases change.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 20:23:38 +0000 Flo Jonic 22595 at Federal Prosecutors Feel Pinch of Shutdown State Republicans Criticize GOP Gun Raffle <p>Some Republican lawmakers are criticizing plans by the state GOP to raffle off an assault rifle at a fundraiser this weekend. For $5 contestants can enter a raffle to win an AR-15 assault rifle.</p><p>State Senator Dawson Hodgson, a North Kingstown Republican, calls the raffle, &ldquo;tone deaf and insensitive, at best.&rdquo;</p><p>Hodgson said raffling off an assault rifle doesn&rsquo;t encourage the kind of dialogue needed to balance public safety and the rights of a free society.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 12:53:54 +0000 Ian Donnis 22576 at