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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
3:51 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Judge Silverstein Upholds 38 Studios Legal Settlements

Rhode Island  Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein has upheld an initial legal settlement in Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s 38 Studios lawsuit over the $75 million state loan guarantee granted to the failed video game company started by Curt Schilling, the former  Boston Red Sox pitcher.

In an opinion released this afternoon, Silverstein approved a $4.4 million settlement reached with the Providence law firm of Moses, Alfonso and Ryan, a firm that advised the state on bonds of the ill-fated loan program.

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On Politics
4:08 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

There are few places better than Rhode Island in the summer -- and that's doubly true for political junkies thanks to our very busy election season. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column, and feel free to share your tips and thoughts via idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. You can also follow me all week long on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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On Politics
4:09 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: More Twists In Providence Mayoral Contest

Lorne Adrain has dropped out of the Providence mayoral race, bringing the number of general election candidates to three, for now.
Credit RIPR FILE

Just when you thought you knew the candidate field in the Providence mayoral campaign, things changed. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay’s thoughts on the capital city’s revised City Hall election.

Another week, another new twist in the Providence mayor campaign. The departure of independent Lorne Adrain from the race has set off a scramble for his supporters, most of whom hail from his home neighborhood on the city’s affluent East Side.

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On Politics
5:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Elorza Plan Targets Doubling Providence Exports in Five Years

A plan set for release Thursday morning by Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza targets a goal of doubling exports through the Port of Providence over five years -- a move, he says, that could add between 1,500 and 1,600 jobs.

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On Politics
4:10 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Cianci Says He Expected A Two-Man Fight When He Entered the Mayoral Race

Cianci at a Federal Hill event in April.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Buddy Cianci says he anticipated when he jumped into the Providence mayoral race last month that it would ultimately become a two-man fight.

"I always anticipated a two-man race when I made the decision to come into the field," Cianci, who is running as an independent, tells RIPR.

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On Politics
1:29 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

In Move To Build Support Beyond East Side, Smiley Unveils Hull's Endorsement

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

In a move to strengthen support beyond his East Side base, Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley unveiled an endorsement Wednesday by state Representative Ray Hull (D-Providence), a 28-year Providence police officer who lives in the same ward as rival candidate Michael Solomon and was formerly a driver for Buddy Cianci.

During a news conference at his home in the city's Mount Pleasant section, Hull said he decided to back Smiley over the two other leading Democrats, Solomon and Jorge Elorza, because of the East Sider's public safety plan.

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On Politics
4:14 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Taveras, Raimondo Scrap Over Wall Street Influence

Angel Taveras' Democratic gubernatorial campaign used a statement released Monday to press its central line of attack against his main rival, Gina Raimondo, charging she's closely aligned with Wall Street interests. Raimondo's campaign responded by disputing the message and expressing disappointment "in the increasingly personal and negative nature of the mayor's campaign."

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On Politics
12:33 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Lorne Adrain Exits Providence Mayoral Campaign

Lorne Adrain, running as an independent, dropped out of the Providence mayor's race.
Credit FILE / RIPR

Lorne Adrain is leaving the Providence mayoral election in hopes that his departure gives a candidate other than former mayor Buddy Cianci a clearer path to victory.

In a statement, Adrain did not mention Cianci, but announced why he is ending his independent candidacy.

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On Politics
4:13 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

TGIF: 10 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Welcome back to my weekly column, and thanks for stopping by. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me all week long on the twitters. Here we go.

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On Politics
2:46 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: The R.I. And Mass. Casino Conundrum

Slots are the only attraction at Newport Grand, but a group is trying to bring table games to the casino.
Credit RIPR FILE

It’s election year in Rhode Island. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the one issue that never goes away in our small state – casino gambling.

There’s an old gallows humor joke about banks and creditors. If you owe the bank $30,000, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank $300 million, you own the bank.

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