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6:26 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

If the Rhode Island political news is coming this hot and heavy, what's it going to be like next week? The September 9 primary witching hour is steadily approach, so welcome back for another edition of my Friday column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and the land of 140-character notes awaits you via the twitters. Here we go.

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The Bottom Line
5:10 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

The Bottom Line: How The Next Governor Can Jump Start RI’s Economy

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week news director Catherine Welch and Mark talk with Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay. They discuss what Gov. Lincoln Chafee has hit and missed to boost the state’s economy and what the next governor will need to do to lift the state out of its economic doldrums.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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On Politics
5:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Labor Day 2014: Tough times for unions, workers

It’s Labor Day, time to celebrate workers and labor unions. For this Labor Day  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s  a tough time for workers and organized labor.

In Rhode Island, Labor Day wasn’t always just another day off. It wasn’t always just an excuse for a last  summer day at the beach.  Or a backyard cookout.

A century ago, Labor Day was a time of worker activism. In 1893, after years of agitation by workers and union leaders, the Rhode Island General Assembly established the first Monday in September as a legal, but not a paid, holiday.

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On Politics
2:12 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Raimondo's crime hit on Taveras is misleading

Credit Aaron Read, RIPR

When politicians want to launch nasty, negative messages about their opponents, they often choose direct mail because it leaves fewer fingerprints than such other media as television, radio or print.

That looks like the path State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo is traveling in the waning days of the Democratic gubernatorial primary, which takes place September 9. Her camp has fired off a mail piece that blames Providence Mayor Angel Taveras for shootings in Providence.

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The Pulse
2:03 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Health Care: Still One Of Most Dangerous Workplaces

Nurses at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, RI demonstrate using a lift to move an obese patient. In this photo, the patient is another nurse, wearing a suit made by puppet maker Big Nazo to simulate obesity for a training exercise.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

In honor of Labor Day, I decided to check the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data on workplace injuries. What are the most dangerous industries in Rhode Island?

Health care, beat only by trucking, being a messenger/courier, or working in some retail outlets. Surprised?

Health care includes nursing homes, which seem to have some of the highest number of work days missed because of injury. That's partly because of all the heavy lifting.

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On Politics
11:42 am
Fri August 29, 2014

New Media Moving Ahead With Plans For ProJo Cuts

Credit File Photo / RIPR

New Media Investment Group "will make offers of employment to most of the current employees" at the Providence Journal, according to an email sent at 5 pm Thursday, and the ProJo's longtime publisher, Howard Sutton, is on his way out at Fountain Street.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Solomon on Taxes, Schools, Development & More

Providence mayoral candidate Michael Solomon joins Bonus Q&A to discuss his campaign and a host of other issues facing the city.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Political Roundtable: Mike Solomon on Running for Mayor, the Ethics Issue & the Race for Governor

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Providence mayoral candidate Michael Solomon, president of the city council, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign; the probe he faces by the state Ethics Commission; this week's Democratic gubernatorial debate; and extending the moratorium on using high-stakes testing as a graduation requirement.

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On Politics
10:17 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Elorza Campaign Says Ex-Advisor Wrote Statement With Borrowed Language

Elorza (left) and Smiley at last week's news conference.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Jorge Elorza's Providence mayoral campaign says an ex-advisor wrote a recent statement about Elorza's arrest for shoplifting at age 18 that replicates precise parts of a similar statement released in 2012 by Central Falls Mayor James Diossa.

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On Politics
6:48 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

RI Federation Of Teachers Endorses Pell; Blow To Taveras

In what can only be described as a blow to the Angel Taveras campaign, the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, the union representing Providence public school teachers, has endorsed Clay Pell for governor.

This gives Pell the support of both of Rhode Island’s largest teacher unions. And it is a signal that negotiations between the Taveras Administration and the union are not going well.

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