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
5:39 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

TGIF Will Return March 6

My TGIF column is on vacation and will return next Friday, March 6. See you then!

On Politics
5:22 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Big Question: Is a Baseball Stadium the Best Use of 195 Land?

Initial groundbreaking for infrastructure work on the vacant I-195 land just outside downtown Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR File

So is Rhode Island approaching a boon or a boondoggle?

Don’t get in line just yet for your luxury box seats at the new Providence ballpark that the new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox want to build on the downtown Providence waterfront . The new owners and Mayor Jorge Elorza say any plan for a new  stadium is in infant stages.

While the move from Pawtucket’s iconic McCoy Stadium to a new site in Providence has drawn stellar initial reviews from the state’s political hierarchy and Elorza, the plans are a long, long fly ball from completion.

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On Politics
3:36 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Rev. Bernie O'Reilly Chosen As Providence St. Patrick's Parade Grand Marshal

The Rev. Dr. Bernard O’Reilly has been chosen as the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Providence St. Patrick’s Day parade. A native of Ireland, O’Reilly served as a priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence for 45 years until his recent retirement.

A charismatic, witty and erudite clergyman, O’Reilly is well-known in Rhode Island. He spent 20 years as an assistant pastor, 25 years as a pastor and taught philosophy and theology at Aquinas College in Newton, Mass.; Providence College; and Salve Regina University in Newport.

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On Politics
9:53 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Pawsox Sold To Group That Plans To Move The Team To Providence

McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket
Credit RIPR FILE

The Pawtucket Red Sox have been sold to a group of familiar Rhode Island business leaders and Boston Red Sox executives who are intent on moving the team from McCoy Stadium to a new ballpark that would be built in downtown Providence.

Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien was briefed last night by one of the new owners, Providence lawyer James Skeffington, said Antonio Pires, Pawtucket administration director. Skeffington told the Pawtucket mayor that the new group wants to move to a privately-financed stadium on the Providence downtown waterfront.

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On Politics
10:21 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Reed says Electric Boat should use PLA on construction projects

Update: Sen. Jack Reed, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee and Rhode Island’s senior senator, issued this statement via spokesman Chip Unruh on the hiring of Rhode Island union construction workers at the Electric Boat expansion projects at Quonset:

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On Politics
5:31 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

TGIF: 18 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly read. Lots going on, so we'll get right to it. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot org) and to follow me on the twitters.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
4:39 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Scott MacKay Commentary: Why So Few RI Building Trades Workers At EB Quonset Jobs?

General Dynamics Electric Boat's manufacturing site at Quonset Point in South County
Credit RIPR FILE

R.I. politicians love to talk about job-development plans. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why they aren’t  doing more to ensure that Rhode Islanders are hired for the Electric Boat expansion in Quonset.

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On Politics
5:32 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Pryor Unveils New Leadership Team at Commerce RI

Pryor (right) with Governor Raimondo during an economic planning event in Providence.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor announced Thursday the installation of a new leadership team at the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, the quasi-public entity formerly known as the Economic Development Corporation.

Pryor, recently confirmed as Rhode Island's first Commerce secretary, appointed commercial real estate veteran Darin Early as chief operating officer of Commerce RI. Early will be responsible for day to day operations and overall direction at the agency.

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On Politics
3:29 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Raimondo: More Jobs Are the Only Solution to RI's Economic Blues

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo outlined a series of troubling indicators Wednesday to underscore her argument that adding jobs -- rather than cutting spending or raising taxes -- is the only way to heal Rhode Island's under-performing economy.

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On Politics
12:38 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Tickets still Available for Newpaper Guild Follies on Feb. 27

Once again it is time – if you haven’t already - to get your tickets to the  Providence Newspaper’s Guild’s annual Follies show at the Venus de Milo in Swansea, Mass. As always the show, a spoof of all things Rhode Island, but especially our state’s entertaining political culture,  is slated for the last Friday evening in February, which this year falls on Feb. 27th.

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