Patrick Conley en Cianci Runs: Heeee's Back <p>Heeeee’s back: Vincent A. `Buddy’ Cianci Jr., made official this afternoon what he has been talking about &nbsp;for months, &nbsp;that he will try for a Lazarus-like, unprecedented third comeback as Providence mayor, this time as an independent.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:19:41 +0000 Scott MacKay 35796 at Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island's Democrats vs. Massachusetts <p>Rhode Island Democrats should look to Massachusetts for some leadership on the economy. RIPR political analyst &nbsp;Scott MacKay explains why.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Rhode Island is once again ensnared in a noisy political campaign season. The stench of government corruption has led to new leadership on Smith Hill. Gordon Fox is out as speaker and Nick Mattiello is in. Democrats control both chambers of the General Assembly by big margins. Yet the historic majority party can’t seem to speak with a coherent voice on our state’s struggling economy.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 14:58:53 +0000 Scott MacKay 32978 at Scott MacKay Commentary: Rhode Island's Democrats vs. Massachusetts Patrick Conley appointed RI Historian Laureate <p>Rhode Island has a new official state historian laureate. He’s former Providence College history professor Patrick Conley of Bristol, an expert on the state’s past.. Conley, the author of many books and essays on Rhode Island history and law, was appointed to the unpaid post by Secretary of State Ralph Mollis.</p><p>The position was created by the General Assembly.&nbsp; Mollis established a three-member search committee, which included Gwenn Stearn, state archivist, state librarian Tom Evans and Deputy Secretary of State Paul Caranci. Conley was the committee’s unanimous choice.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:20:36 +0000 Scott MacKay 8834 at