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6:03 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

TGIF: 18 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

It's almost all over but the crying. After years of run-up, Rhode Island's 2014 election is at hand. So thanks for stopping by, and feel free to drop me a line (idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org) and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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On Politics
2:58 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Slinging mud all the way to Election Day

Why have political campaigns become so relentlessly negative? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it reflects the cynicism of the times and the way political money is raised and spent. (Advance copy of Monday commentary).

Click the television remote as many times as you like but don’t expect to escape the nasty political spots running nonstop until the polls close tomorrow. Hike to the mailbox and you’re greeted by an avalanche of political flyers spreading dirt on one politician or another. Ditto for the Internet.

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On Politics
2:24 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: VIDEO Providence Mayoral Math With Scott MacKay

Map of Providence, with wards highlighted

The winner of the Providence mayor’s race all comes down to who wins which neighborhoods.

Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay has followed Providence politics for more than 25 years. Here’s his take on which wards Independent Buddy Cianci and Democrat Jorge Elorza have to win to become the next mayor of Providence.

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On Politics
2:10 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

In Visit At RIC, President Obama Calls for Efforts to Boost Women

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

During a Friday morning speech at Rhode Island College, President Obama touted economic improvements during his administration and called for enhanced efforts to help women at home and in the workplace. The president didn't mention Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo during his speech, although he did treat her to lunch afterward at the Gregg's restaurant on North Main Street in Providence.

Obama began with some Halloween-related humor and a recognition of Rhode Island's congressional delegation before pointing to a series of economic indicators:

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The Bottom Line
12:44 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

The Bottom Line: The Challenges Of Pulling Wrecks & Pilings Out Of The Bay

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

This week Dave and Mark talk with Kent Dresser, executive director of the nonprofit “Clean Bays”. He’s a licensed captain experienced in marine salvage and towing. They discuss the challenges to clearing old wrecks and pilings that lurk along the bay. The removal is one step toward reviving the waterfront in Providence and East Providence.

When to Listen

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

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Politics
11:52 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: The Contested Congressional Races

U.S. Capitol
Credit U.S. Capitol

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 1: CICILLINE AND LYNCH

A Republican veteran from Newport is challenging Congressman David Cicilline as Cicilline seeks election Tuesday to his third term in Congress.

Cicilline first won election in the First Congressional District in 2010, after serving two terms as mayor of Providence. Republican challenger Cormick Lynch is a Marine combat veteran of the Iraq war. He points to high unemployment in Rhode Island as a sign that the state’s Democratic congressional delegation isn’t getting the job done.

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Governor's Race
10:42 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidates Make Final Arguments In Last Televised Debate

Republican Allan Fung, and Democrat Gina Raimondo face off in Tuesday's governor's race. Moderate Bob Healy is also running.
Credit RIPR FILE

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung and Democratic rival Gina Raimondo sharpened their tone toward one another during their final televised debate Thursday.

Raimondo criticized Fung for being too timid in raising the funding level of one of Cranston’s municipal pensions – from 16 to about 20 percent, she said.  Raimondo accused Fung of not making the city’s full payments into the pension system.

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Higher Education
9:04 am
Fri October 31, 2014

RIC Prepares For President Obama

After cancelling a trip several weeks ago, Rhode Island College will finally get a visit from President Barack Obama. The president is expected to discuss women in the workplace and the economy.

He is likely to tout new data showing an increase in Gross Domestic Product, which is seen by many analysts as an encouraging sign of growth in the U.S.

RIC officials say classes will go forward as scheduled, although some locations had to be changed to accommodate security for the president.

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Ebola
5:30 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Liberians Face Ebola Stigma Here, Tragedy Back Home

The Ballah family, friends, and relatives, including (l to r) Nellie Ballah, Kumba Forkpa, Randell Dauda, Winnie Sackor, and Seaniah Ballah, plus little Mekhi Ballah and baby Nia.
Kristin Gourlay RIPR

Ebola continues to dominate headlines, across the nation and here in Rhode Island. This week the state’s hospitals began conducting Ebola preparedness exercises, and all eyes are on a nurse in Maine who defied a quarantine order. But for the thousands of Liberians living in Rhode Island, the real stories are unfolding, often tragically, back home. Now, many Liberians say the public’s fear of Ebola is affecting daily life.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Bonus Q+A: ConCon & RI's Down-Ballot Races

Our panel of RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay, URI political science professor Maureen Moakley, WPRI.com politics/economics reporter Ted Nesi, and yours truly talk about the state's four down-ballot races and the back and forth over convening a constitutional convention.

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