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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
4:52 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Why RI's Fire Districts Are UnLikely To Be Consolidated Any Time Soon

Speaker Mattiello says cities and towns need to take the lead in consolidating fire services.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Want to get a sense of why Rhode Island is unlikely to see anytime soon the consolidation of fire services in communities -- like Coventry, Lincoln, and Burrillville -- that each have a handful of local fire districts?

Consider these two points:

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On Politics
1:59 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Raimondo Picks CT Education Commissioner as RI's First Commerce Secretary

Stefan Pryor will take over economic development efforts in a state plagued by joblessness.
Credit via WNPR

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo has picked Connecticut Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, a fellow Yale alum with experience leading economic-development efforts in New York and New Jersey, as her choice to be Rhode Island's first Commerce secretary.

"Stefan Pryor has the depth of experience and the drive to help me lead Rhode Island's comeback," Raimondo said in a statement. "Stefan's economic development successes in Newark and in Lower Manhattan are a testament to his ability to lead the Department of Commerce in Rhode Island."

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On Politics
4:36 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

The paranoid opposition to RhodeMap RI

It looks like the RhodeMap RI debate is much ado about not so much. Those who oppose this largely benign economic and social blueprint have blown the results so far out of proportion as to be ludicrous.

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On Politics
12:32 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Institutional Investor Has More Props for Raimondo -- AND Siedle

Raimondo during a pension meeting in 2011.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

It's not every day you find Governor-elect Gina Raimondo and one of her leading critics, Edward "Ted" Siedle, getting praised in the same place.

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On Politics
5:55 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Gift-getting, holiday cheer, staffing up and then -- boom! -- a New Year will be here, full of exciting stories yet to happen. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Feel free to drop me tips/comments at idonnis (at) ripr (org) and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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On Politics
4:16 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Rhode Island Pays Final Respects To Lila Sapinsley

Rhode Island bade farewell and paid tribute today to former state Sen. Lila Sapinsley, a liberal Republican who became the first woman Senate Minority Leader, at funeral services at Temple Beth-El  in the Providence East Side district that she so ably represented.

Sapinsley, who died earlier this week at her Laurelmead home at 92, was eulogized by Rabbi Leslie Y. Gutterman as a path breaking woman of compassion, accomplishment and conviction.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
2:32 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Will RI's Business Community Help Raimondo Or Just Complain

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo will inherit a stronger economy than Lincoln Chafee did, but will local business leaders step up to help improve the climate?
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo is meeting with Rhode Island business leaders as she shapes her new administration. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay hopes the business hierarchy steps up to help her.

Raimondo is taking over a state government that is much better off than the one Gov. Lincoln Chafee inherited from Don Carcieri four years ago. Unemployment was 11.4 percent; now it’s at 7.4 percent. The state budget deficit is much lower and cities and towns are not hovering over bankruptcy. Even Central Falls is out of receivership.

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On Politics
4:26 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

WPRI-TV Reporter Sean Daly Retiring After 30+ Years On The Air

Sean Daly, a fine newsman and one of the most recognizable TV reporters in the Providence market, is retiring after more than 30 years in the business. His last day on the job will be December 31.

The news was announced Wednesday afternoon by Daly's employer, WPRI-TV (Channel 12), which said he "is believed to be the longest-serving TV street reporter in the Ocean State."

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On Politics
3:48 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Former State Sen. Lila Sapinsley Dead At 92

Lila Sapinsley,  former state senator from Providence’s East Side and patron of arts, education  and good government causes, has died at her Laurelmead home in Providence. She was 92.

A liberal Republican, Sapinsley rose to become the first woman  Senate Minority Leader and was nearly elected lieutenant governor in 1984, an election she narrowly lost to Democrat Richard Licht.

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On Politics
9:41 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Seth Magaziner Staffing Up With Jeff Padwa & Andrew Roos

Treasurer-elect Seth Magaziner is hiring Providence City Solicitor Jeff Padwa as deputy treasurer/legal counsel while retaining Andrew Roos as chief of staff.

Magaziner said Padwa brings "a wealth of experience" from his tenure as city solicitor during Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' administration since 2011, including overseeing a staff of more than 30 workers.

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