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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Happy Weekend! Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steve Pare doesn’t want city police used as deputy immigration  agents. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay says Pare’s stance makes sense.

President Donald Trump is proposing to radically change federal and state policies on immigration. In essence he is shifting policy from finding a path to citizenship for law-abiding illegal immigrants to an emphasis on deportation.

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Governor Gina Raimondo said the RhodeWorks law passed amid controversy last year is yielding positive dividends for the state.

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With more than 20 months to go until Rhode Island's next gubernatorial election, EMILY's List -- a national group that supports pro-choice women candidates for Congress and governor -- is endorsing Governor Gina Raimondo for re-election.

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Seven state reps have dropped out as cosponsors of a bill that would create permanent abortion rights in the Ocean State. But supporters downplay the significance of this change.

Ian Donnis

The Partnership for Rhode Island, the new nonprofit with a stated goal of boosting economic development in the state, has hired New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's campaign finance director, Tom Giordano, as its executive director, RIPR has learned.

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February is black history month, a time when we celebrate the contributions of African-Americans. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that when it comes to the Rhode Island judiciary, there isn’t much to cheer.


Happy weekend! Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

The days are getting longer. The General Assembly is back. And yes, the pols have been cooperating – from the White House to the State House –with the usual shenanigans.

The last Friday in February is fast approaching. Rhode Island political junkies know what that means – as the song trills – It’s Follies Time at the Veeeenusss  DeeMilo, the Veeenus….

State General Treasurer Seth Magaziner joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss financial regulation, the outlook for Providence pension, the heavy unfunded liabilities for municipalities' retiree health care, and other issues.

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Governor Gina Raimondo on Wednesday blamed state vendor Deloitte for delivering what she called a defective IT system for administering human service benefits. Raimondo also apologized to Rhode Islanders for ongoing problems with the Unified Health Infrastructure Project system.

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A state Republican Party complaint filed Tuesday with the state Board of Elections charges that House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's political action committee exceeded limits on campaign contributions last year.

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State Health and Human Services Secretary Elizabeth Roberts resigned from her post Tuesday, just ahead of the latest update on problems with the state $364 million Unified Health Infrastructure Project, or UHIP.

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Barrington middle schools have decided to end publicizing its student honor roll. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if this is a good idea.  


The Patriots won a Super Bowl for the ages, the Red Sox are starting to stir in Florida, and the political beat continues to run hot here in the Ocean State. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week

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