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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
6:26 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

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

If the Rhode Island political news is coming this hot and heavy, what's it going to be like next week? The September 9 primary witching hour is steadily approach, so welcome back for another edition of my Friday column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and the land of 140-character notes awaits you via the twitters. Here we go.

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On Politics
5:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Labor Day 2014: Tough times for unions, workers

It’s Labor Day, time to celebrate workers and labor unions. For this Labor Day  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s  a tough time for workers and organized labor.

In Rhode Island, Labor Day wasn’t always just another day off. It wasn’t always just an excuse for a last  summer day at the beach.  Or a backyard cookout.

A century ago, Labor Day was a time of worker activism. In 1893, after years of agitation by workers and union leaders, the Rhode Island General Assembly established the first Monday in September as a legal, but not a paid, holiday.

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On Politics
2:12 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Raimondo's crime hit on Taveras is misleading

Credit Aaron Read, RIPR

When politicians want to launch nasty, negative messages about their opponents, they often choose direct mail because it leaves fewer fingerprints than such other media as television, radio or print.

That looks like the path State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo is traveling in the waning days of the Democratic gubernatorial primary, which takes place September 9. Her camp has fired off a mail piece that blames Providence Mayor Angel Taveras for shootings in Providence.

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On Politics
11:42 am
Fri August 29, 2014

New Media Moving Ahead With Plans For ProJo Cuts

Credit File Photo / RIPR

New Media Investment Group "will make offers of employment to most of the current employees" at the Providence Journal, according to an email sent at 5 pm Thursday, and the ProJo's longtime publisher, Howard Sutton, is on his way out at Fountain Street.

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On Politics
10:17 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Elorza Campaign Says Ex-Advisor Wrote Statement With Borrowed Language

Elorza (left) and Smiley at last week's news conference.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Jorge Elorza's Providence mayoral campaign says an ex-advisor wrote a recent statement about Elorza's arrest for shoplifting at age 18 that replicates precise parts of a similar statement released in 2012 by Central Falls Mayor James Diossa.

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On Politics
6:48 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

RI Federation Of Teachers Endorses Pell; Blow To Taveras

In what can only be described as a blow to the Angel Taveras campaign, the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, the union representing Providence public school teachers, has endorsed Clay Pell for governor.

This gives Pell the support of both of Rhode Island’s largest teacher unions. And it is a signal that negotiations between the Taveras Administration and the union are not going well.

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On Politics
5:26 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Clinton Endorses Magaziner, Backs His Economic Blueprint

The scene before Clinton took the stage.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Former President Bill Clinton came to Rhode Island Wednesday to lend his support to an old family friend, Seth Magaziner, one of two Democrats vying to be the state's next treasurer. More than 200 people turned out for the fundraiser ($50 suggested contribution) at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

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On Politics
3:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Down the stretch in RI Democratic governor campaign

As the clock ticks in the Democratic primary election for governor, it is becoming apparent that Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is caught in a left-right pincer movement between newcomer Clay Pell and State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

Raimondo tacks right, Pell to the left and Taveras is stuck in the middle, which is not always a great place to be in a primary historically dominated by the liberal, progressive side of the party. The other challenge for Taveras, who has pretty clearly become the underdog, is that he is not nearly as well financed as either Pell or Raimondo.

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On Politics
9:30 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Pell, Taveras, Raimondo spar at televised Democratic primary debate

With two weeks until election day, Democrats Clay Pell,  Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo stuck to familiar campaign themes and solidifying support in a spirited televised debate this evening that was long on rhetorical flourishes but short on major policy differences.

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On Politics
1:17 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Solomon Fires Back At Elorza; Cites Poll In Calling Himself Toughest Rival for Cianci

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

City Council President Michael Solomon released findings from an internal poll Tuesday in arguing he's a stronger Democrat than Jorge Elorza in taking on independent candidate Buddy Cianci in the November election.

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