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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
11:04 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

SEC Filing Suggests GateHouse Media May Cut Up to 40 at ProJo

The Providence Journal was sold to GateHouse Media earlier this month.
Credit Molly Malinowski / RIPR

A US Securities and Exchange Commission filing outlining GateHouse Media's purchase of the Providence Journal suggests GateHouse may cut up to 40 jobs once the deal for Rhode Island's statewide daily closes later this year.

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On Politics
4:53 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Joe Paolino vs. Edie Ajello?

State Rep. Edie Ajello, D-Providence, a veteran Democratic East Side lawmaker, says that former Democratic Mayor Joseph Paolino Jr., was behind recruiting a candidate to run against her in the September 9 Democratic primary.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
1:38 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Start Taking Off The Gloves

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and State Treasurer Gina Raimondo have begun trading jabs as the fight for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination heats up.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

The televised air wars have started in the Democratic primary for governor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if voters are paying attention yet.

As the weeks dwindle towards the September primary, the advertising rhetoric among the major Democratic candidates has heated up. This is especially true of the campaigns of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

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On Politics
1:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Mother of Gordon Fox dies at 92

The mother of former House Speaker Gordon Fox, D-Providence, died this morning. Mary Fox, who lived with her son at his East Side home for many years, was 92.

A domestic worker, Mary Fox was known for her devotion to family and her good nature. She lived with her son until just a few weeks ago, when she went to a nursing home facility. Funeral service plans have not been completed, according to House spokesman Larry Berman.

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.
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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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