Angel Taveras en Democratic gubernatorial candidates begin to take off the gloves <p>The televised air wars have started in the Democratic primary for governor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if voters are paying attention yet.</p><p>As the weeks dwindle towards the September primary, the advertising rhetoric among the major Democratic candidates has heated up. This is especially true of the campaigns of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:38:15 +0000 Scott MacKay 37289 at TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media <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="">on the twitters</a>. Let's get to it.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:08:04 +0000 Ian Donnis 36942 at Scott MacKay Commentary: More Twists In 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 Scott MacKay Commentary: More Twists In Providence Mayoral Contest 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 Taveras Calls Teacher Firings a "Mistake" <p>Speaking Tuesday night at a special edition of RIPR's Political Roundtable, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said he made "a very public mistake" when he fired every Providence public school teacher early on in his tenure as mayor.</p><p>At the time, Taveras said the firings would give the city flexibility in the midst of a financial crisis.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:24:51 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 36448 at Scott MacKay Commentary: We're Trying To Keep Politics Focused On Issues. Will You Help? <p>You may be fed up with Rhode Island politics. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says now is no time for Rhode Islanders to retreat into a cocoon of apathy.</p><p></p><p></p><p>It’s the high season of summer in our corner of southeastern New England. A time of blue skies, fluffy whipped cream clouds and sun-washed surf. It’s what many of us consider our best season. Proust had his madeleines. Rhode Island natives have our childhood memories stirred by plates stacked high with steamers, saugys and clambakes on the beach.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:04:57 +0000 Scott MacKay 36150 at Scott MacKay Commentary: We're Trying To Keep Politics Focused On Issues. Will You Help? Scott MacKay Commentary: The Providence Mayoral Race, It's Not All About Buddy <p>So Buddy Cianci is back in the campaign for Providence mayor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that he isn’t the only candidate.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Every newsroom used to have a crusty city editor who berated young reporters. Mine was a revered Providence Journal editor named Al Johnson who barked, ``put them in the ambulance before you take them to the hospital’’ when he wanted a story about a car accident.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:04:23 +0000 Scott MacKay 35899 at Scott MacKay Commentary: The Providence Mayoral Race, It's Not All About Buddy Cianci mayoral Hamlet act ends Wednesday <p>He puffed on the Monte Cristo in his right hand, sipped Cognac with his left and regaled a table of cronies and hangers-on with jokes and florid commentary.</p><p>It was vintage Buddy Cianci, perched at an outdoor table on a balmy evening at the Capital Grille late last Tuesday night, entertaining the crowd long after the thick sirloins and fancy wines had been devoured.</p> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 18:42:44 +0000 Scott MacKay 35599 at RI government and Providence get good credit ratings <p>Some good news on the Wall Street front for the credit ratings of the state and the city of Providence.</p><p>Standard &amp; Poor’s rating agency has affirmed the state’s credit rating and removed Rhode Island government from its CreditWatch list after the General Assembly voted to pay the $12 million installment on the state-backed bonds that financed the ill-fated 38 Studios video game fiasco.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:27:24 +0000 Scott MacKay 35532 at RI Democratic Party to Skip Endorsement in Primary for Governor <p>There won't be a Rhode Island Democratic Party in this year's hard-fought primary between Gina Raimondo, Angel Taveras, and Clay Pell.</p><p>In a note to Democratic state reps yesterday, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello writes, "In preparation for the Rhode Island Democratic Party's Endorsement Meeting on Sunday night, I wanted to inform you that the three major candidates for Governor have agreed to a 'no endorsement' from the party."</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:19:34 +0000 Ian Donnis 35443 at