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Rhode Island Public Radio's political blog. Scott MacKay and Ian Donnis keep you up-to-date with the latest in political news from around Rhode Island.

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On Politics
1:20 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

SEIU 1199 NE Backs Raimondo

In a sign of more labor support for Gina Raimondo's Democratic gubernatorial run, Service Employees International Union, 1199 NE, has endorsed Raimondo. The union represents more than 4,000 healthcare and service workers in Rhod Island.

In a statement, 1199's executive president, Patrick Quinn, says, “Gina Raimondo understands that the private sector and the public sector need to work in tandem for the economy to grow. Strategic investment in people and industries are the way to grow the RI economy and close the growing income gap."

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On Politics
6:10 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

TGIF: 20 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Did Rhode Island's primary election on Tuesday reflect a repudiation of the status quo or a reinforcement of political norms? A fair bit of each, as it turns out, dear reader. So consider the evidence presented below, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and stay tuned on the twitters for more of my dispatches as we move toward November 4. 

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On Politics
4:17 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Raimondo Has The Edge Over Fung At Start Of Governor's Race

Gina Raimondo announcing her run for Governor in January.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The primaries are over and now it’s time for the main event. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the Rhode Island campaign for governor.

Rhode Island voters will make history in November by choosing either Republican Allan Fung or Democrat Gina Raimondo as their next governor. Raimondo would be the first woman governor;  Fung would be the first Asian-American.

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On Politics
5:46 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Cianci Downplays Impact of Democrats Lining Up For Elorza

Credit Ian Donnis / RINPR

Buddy Cianci calls himself the best qualified person to be the next mayor of Providence, and says he's not concerned about Rhode Island Democrats lining up behind his chief rival in the November 4 election, Jorge Elorza.

Cianci made the statement Wednesday at a news conference kicking off his general election campaign.

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On Politics
7:36 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Rhode Island Primary Winners And Losers

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Every election has winners and losers. Yesterday’s Rhode Island primaries fit that mold on steroids.

On the Republican side, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung forged a comfortable win over Ken Block, the angry Barrington businessman. The GOP primary voters favored a mayor who had a record against an outsider who promised little more than putting the bully in Bully Pulpit and campaigned as if being governor was all about arousing public opinion to fight the Statehouse establishment.

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On Politics
10:55 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Raimondo, Fung Win Primaries to Set Stage for November Showdown; Elorza Triumphs

Raimondo is mobbed by supporters and reporters after her victory.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Powered by the top-spending campaign, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo scored a decisive Democratic gubernatorial victory over her two main rivals Tuesday, in a campaign dominated by debate about Rhode Island's long-suffering economy and the pension overhaul spearheaded by Raimondo in 2011.

Unofficials returns showed Raimondo with 42.2 percent of the vote, compared with 29.2 percent for Angel Taveras, and 26.9 percent for Clay Pell

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On Politics
10:18 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Solomon concedes to Elorza in Providence mayoral contest

Providence City Council President Mike Solomon has called Jorge Elorza to congratulate Elorza on winning the Democratic mayoral nomination. Elorza now faces Republican Dan Harrop and independent Buddy Cianci in the November general election.

On Politics
9:39 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Most General Assembly Incumbents Hold On To Seats

All of the General incumbents in close races appear to have kept their seats, according to unofficial results, except Democrat Peter Martin of Newport and Maria Cimini of Providence’s Elmhurst and Mt. Pleasant neighborhood.

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On Politics
5:19 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Early Providence exit polls indicate close races; Cimini appears in trouble

Anthony Pesaturo, the veteran pollster and political consultant, and Andrew Annaldo, former Democratic city councilman and mayoral candidate, are conducting exit polls today at voting precincts in the Elmhurst and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods of Providence. The neighborhoods are redoubts of old Providence, the city of Italian and Irish Americans, but a smattering of Latinos have moved in recent years. (Mayor Angel Taveras and his family live there, as does City Council President Michael Solomon).It has long been a Democratic Party redoubt.

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On Politics
11:20 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Why Raimondo Has the Most to Lose - And Perhaps Gain - on Primary Day

Raimondo, in an image from her campaign web site.

If Gina Raimondo wins Tuesday's Democratic primary, she'll be a step closer to becoming Rhode Island's first woman governor, the victory will validate her far-flung network of supporters, and Raimondo's already-considerable national profile will soar to new heights.

But what if Raimondo, the favorite on the Democratic side of the race, were to lose?

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