On Politics

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
12:10 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Elorza Says Further Steps Needed to Stabilize Providence's Finances

Elorza speaking during a City Hall news conference.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said Thursday an independent analysis shows Rhode Island's capital city will face a stream of annual structural deficits of between $11 million and $19 million, starting in July 2016, and he called for new steps to strengthen the city's financial standing.

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On Politics
4:41 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

State, Union Lawyers Call for Judge to Approve RI Pension Settlement

State lawyer John Tarantino called the settlement best for everyone involved.
Credit Pool Photo/Kathy Borchers / The Providence Journal

A multi-day hearing to determine the fairness of the proposed state pension settlement started in Superior Court Wednesday. Fewer than 70 current state workers and retirees are expected to urge Judge Sarah Taft-Carter to reject the deal.

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On Politics
4:01 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Vermont Sen. Sanders to Formally Announce Presidential Campaign Next Week

Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s left-leaning independent U.S. Senator, is launching his long shot Democratic nomination presidential campaign next Tuesday (May 26th)  with a rally along the Lake Champlain waterfront in his home city of Burlington, where his political career began in earnest with his 1981 upset election in the mayor’s race.

Sanders event will take place at 5 p.m. at Waterfront Park, with a rain venue of Memorial Auditorium a few blacks away on Main Street. Free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream will be served.

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On Politics
3:07 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Providence Foundation Supports Downtown PawSox Stadium

Artist rendering of the proposed waterfront baseball stadium.

Citing economic benefits, the foundation’s Board of Trustees have voted to endorse the proposed relocation of the Pawtucket Red Sox from McCoy Stadium to a new riverfront site in the 195 land in downtown Providence., according to executive director Dan Baudouin of the foundation.

The foundation, a business-backed non profit organization, stated in a news release that state and city officials should pursue a financial partnership that is "fair to all parties."

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On Politics
4:15 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

RI Statehouse May Get Air Conditioning

Rhode Island Statehouse

The sweat box that is the Rhode Island Statehouse in the summer months may become a thing of the past.

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