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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
4:58 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

President Obama To Tout Stellar GDP Growth In RIC Speech

The Presidential motorcade sits outside the Omni hotel in downtown Providence. President Barack Obama speaks at Rhode Island College Friday morning.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

When he visits Rhode Island tomorrow, President Barack Obama will speak about the improving national economy and the latest Gross Domestic Product data that was released today by the federal government.

Obama is scheduled to arrive at Green State Airport  this evening and stay overnight in Providence. While the White House is not disclosing where the president will stay, sources in Providence say it will be the Omni Hotel downtown, which is attached to the Rhode Island Convention Center.

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On Politics
2:43 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Fung has campaign finance edge as election day nears

As the hours dwindle until next Tuesday, Republican Allan Fung has a significant edge in campaign money over Democrat Gina Raimondo in the Rhode Island gubernatorial campaign.

Reports filed with the state Board of Elections show that Fung has about $270,000 remaining in his campaign account, while Raimondo’s campaign chest has only about $32,000. Moderate Party candidate Robert Healey, the third candidate in the race to succeed Lincoln Chafee as governor, has not solicited campaign contributions.

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On Politics
12:25 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Latest Brown Poll Shows Dead Heat for Fung and Raimondo

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stumps for Republican Allan Fung in Providence.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A week after issuing a poll showing an 11-point lead for Democrat Gina Raimondo, Brown University's Taubman Center is out with a new poll showing a statistical dead heat between Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung.

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On Politics
5:12 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

New Anti-Jorge Elorza PAC Launched From South County

A new political action committee has formed out of South County against Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The latest twist in a Providence mayoral campaign that has seen as many as hula-hoop contest:  A new anti-Jorge Elorza independent expenditure political action committee financed by Morris Flancbaum.

In documents filed with the Rhode Island Board of Elections, the new pac, named the ``Committee for Safer Neighborhoods and Lower Taxes’’ reports a $38,648 television advertising buy with Cox Cable.

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On Politics
4:06 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Men Collecting Mail Ballots At Crossroads Shelter Were Providence Cops

A spokeswoman for Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare has confirmed that two men who collected mail ballots for mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci at the Crossroads homeless shelter last week were off-duty city police officers.

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On Politics
1:03 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama comes to R.I.

Tickets are available for First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign visit to Rhode Island on Thursday, October 30. She will be speaking at the Juanita Sanchez  Educational Complex Thursday afternoon. The venue is at 182 Thurbers Avenue in Providence.

The First Lady will speaking at a Get Out the Vote Rally to support Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo.

Tickets can be obtained between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. from Monday, Oct. 27, through Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the following locations:

On Politics
2:31 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Bob Kerr's Fund for Community Progress time

A great fun time was had by all last night at the Fund for Community Progress event honoring longtime Providence Journal columnist Bob Kerr.  The time was held at the Pearl Restaurant on Charles Street in Providence.

Several hundred retired and still-working journalists jammed a function room at Pearl for an evening of humor and tributes to Kerr, who was fired by the ProJo in the latest round of job cuts by the newspaper’s new owners, an arm of the Gatehouse media empire.

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On Politics
6:43 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

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

Just 11 days until Election Day and the news is flowing fast and furious. Thanks for stopping by and, as always, feel free to follow me on the twitters or to drop a tip or comment at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Here we go.

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On Politics
5:59 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

In Appearance at RIC, Hillary Clinton Touts Gina Raimondo

Hillary Clinton, Jack Reed, and Gina Raimondo on stage at RIC's recreation center.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

In a speech emphasizing efforts to rebuild the middle class, Hillary Clinton on Friday touted Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo as a proven job-creator who has the toughness and flexibility to move Rhode Island forward.

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On Politics
4:13 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Pro And Con On the ConCon

When Rhode Islanders head to polls next week, they will face an important issue that has not drawn much attention. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay looks at the Constitutional Convention question.

Our small state is holding a big election on Nov. 4. Statewide and federal offices are all being contested. Every General Assembly member confronts voters, who will also elect mayors in the Rhode Island’s two largest cities, Providence and Warwick.

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