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.

Rhode Island inexorably moves toward a fresh campaign season as we leave summer behind. So thanks for stopping by. 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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Audiences have been watching Ken Burns' Vietnam War documentary on PBS. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has been watching too, and this week he explores the complex question of what American war policy would have been without the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


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Rick Pitino, the celebrated college basketball coach who led the Providence College Friars to the team’s last Final Four appearance in 1987, was fired as coach of the University of Louisville after an FBI investigation into a scandal surrounding the team.

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Supporters and opponents of using public borrowing to help build a new PawSox stadium squared off Tuesday night at Tolman High School in Pawtucket.

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Peter F. Neronha of Jamestown, the former U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island, will announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Rhode Island attorney general.  Neronha, a Jamestown native and Democrat, will make his announcement on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Jamestown ferry landing.

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More than 1,400 Rhode Island students have enrolled at the Community College of Rhode Island through a new program that gives students two years tuition-free at the state’s only public junior college.

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Rhode Island political and business officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for the Wexford Innovation Complex, the first major development in the I-195 District, and expressed optimism that the project will prove to be an economic catalyst.

Nothing like a long afternoon-into-night at the Rhode Island Statehouse to add a dash of September excitement, right? We've got it all covered, so 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.

UPDATE: Services for Judge Stone:

Calling hours, Wednesday October 4 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Perry-McStay Funeral Home in East Providence.

Memorial Service: Thursday October 5 at 6 p.m. at Sayles Hall at Brown University.

Burial: Friday October 6 at 11 a.m. at Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter, RI.

Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Walter R. Stone of Bristol, a civil rights activist and one of Rhode Island’s top trial lawyers before his elevation to Superior Court, where he served as one of the very few African-American judges in the state, died today in a Newport hospice after a long illness. He was 73.

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Political scientists recall a time when elected officials campaigned for office, then laid off the political pitches while they governed. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay says those days are long gone.  

A group of 37 U.S. senators is calling for greater scrutiny of credit agency Equifax after a major data breach. The senators want to know if Equifax executives engaged in insider trading after the discovery of the breach, which exposed the personal financial data of 143 million Americans. Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island is a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Speaking by phone from his Washington office, he said Equifax no longer deserves Americans’ trust.

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Meeting during a rare September session, the General Assembly on Tuesday passed bills to require paid sick days for workers, expand disability pension opportunities for firefighters, and to remove guns from domestic abusers facing a final protective order.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced Monday new efforts to aid some of the estimated 1,200 "Dreamers" in the Ocean State who could face deportation.

Mid-September is here and with it a burst of General Assembly activity. So thanks for stopping by for the return of my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and your can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Rhode Island has been hit with some disappointing economic news lately. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says things can be turned around by partnering, rather than competing, with Massachusetts.

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