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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
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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On Politics
12:09 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Brown Poll Shows Raimondo, Elorza Up By 10 Points Each

A new Brown University poll finds Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo with 41.6 percent of the support, compared with 30.5 percent for Republican Allan Fung, and Democrat Jorge Elorza with 47.6 percent of the backing, compared with 37.2 percent for independent Buddy Cianci.

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On Politics
4:03 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Cianci Files Complaint Against Myrth York's Priorities PVD

Buddy Cianci is filing a complaint against the group Priorities PVD, an independent political committee.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Independent Providence mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci today filed a complaint with the Rhode Island Board of Elections against an East Side group, Priorities PVD, an independent political committee that has been running anti-Cianci advertising.

The complaint, which also names Cianci’s Democratic opponent, former city Housing Court Judge Jorge Elorza, and asserts that the group has formed a political action committee without filing required documents with the state election board and the secretary of state’s office. Cianci also claims that the group has coordinated with Elorza.

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On Politics
10:22 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Fung and Raimondo Go At Each Other in WPRI/ProJo Debate

Fung, Raimondo, and Healey share a light moment before the debate.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The three major candidates for governor clashed on a range of issues during a televised debate Tuesday, exactly two weeks before voters will choose a new governor.

Democrat Gina Raimondo, Republican Allan Fung, and Moderate Party candidate Robert Healey exchanged pleasantries with one another before the debate began at the Providence Performing Arts Center. But it wasn’t long before things got testy.

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On Politics
4:00 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Outside Groups Spending Heavily in Closing Weeks of Race for Governor

With precisely two weeks to go until Rhode Islanders elect a new governor, supporters of Democrat Gina Raimondo have launched a series of efforts to support her campaign while trying to erode backing for Republican opponent Allan Fung.

The approaches include the commercial aired by a new independent group with Democratic ties, the Alliance for a Better Rhode Island.

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On Politics
2:30 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Ray Flynn to back Cianci for Providence Mayor

Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn is scheduled to endorse Buddy Cianci’s Providence mayoral campaign tonight at a fundraiser at the Rosario Society in Providence. Flynn is no stranger to Providence residents of a certain age; he was a standout college basketball player at Providence College who later played for the Boston Celtics. He also was ambassador to the Vatican during Bill Clinton’s administration and is a national spokesman for Roman Catholic issues, especially anti-abortion causes.

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On Politics
1:42 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

R.I. Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange slated for Nov. 28

The Indian Summer season dwindles, the afternoon light fades into darkness and a coating of frost covers the morning pumpkins. The evening chills sends us back into the closets for the heavier coats we will soon be wearing.

The coming of a New England winter reminds once again that poor Rhode Islanders face a tougher time that the better-off. So once again it is time for us to search those closets for old winter coats to donate to the annual Rhode Island Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange.

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