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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Pre-2013 archives of the On Politics​ blog can be found here.

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On Politics
8:08 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Elorza Unveils $696 Million Budget Proposal: Fee Hikes, But NoTax Increases

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza on Wednesday touted his proposed $696 million budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 as a way to continue the capital city's financial recovery while making it more business-friendly.

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On Politics
4:12 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

U.S. House honors late Sister Ann Keefe

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation honoring the late Sister Ann Keefe, a much beloved Roman Catholic nun and social activist on Providence’s South Side.

The legislation, introduced by U.S.  Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., will rename the U.S. Post Office located at 820 Elmwood Avenue in Providence in honor of Sister Keefe.

A native of Warren, Massachusetts, Keefe served for more than three decades as a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Ministry at St. Michael the Archangel on Providence’s south side.

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On Politics
2:31 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Vermont Sen. Sanders Planning 2016 Presidential Campaign

Bernard Sanders, Vermont’s independent, left-leaning U.S. Senator,  is preparing to launch a longshot campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential campaign on Thursday, according to sources close to the senator.

A Sanders entry would provide Democratic primary voters with a liberal alternative to presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, who once served with Sanders in the Senate. Bernie Sanders, as he is universally known, is widely popular in Vermont, a state he has represented in the U.S. House and Senate since his first election to the House in 1990.

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On Politics
10:44 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Owner of Victory Place Suggests Alternative Site for PawSox Stadium

The owner of the Victory Place parcel near Davol Square, JAG Investment Realty, on Tuesday suggested the site as an alternative location for creating a stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

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On Politics
3:01 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Raimondo: State Wants Better Deal on PawSox' Proposed Ballpark

Larry Lucchino (right) listens as PawSox president Jim Skeffington speaks before the 195 District Commission Monday.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Boston Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino, a managing partner of the Pawtucket Red Sox, was in Rhode Island to speak with the 195 District Commission Monday about the PawSox's proposal for a new stadium in ballpark. Lucchino sat down with me ahead of the commission's meeting to discuss the proposal.

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