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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Sen. Jack Reed, D-RI, today criticized the Trump Administration’s plan to unravel the net neutrality regulations after the Federal Communications Commission announced that it plans to eliminate the rules in a vote next month.

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Federal Magistrate Jacob Hagopian of the U.S. District Court for Rhode Island has died, according to a spokesman for the court. He was 90.

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With Thanksgiving coming up, it’s time to think about things we’re grateful for. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says we can all be thankful that Rhode Island’s unemployment rate is down to its lowest in years. But the "Smallest State’s" economy still faces some big hurdles. (Advance copy of commentary scheduled to air Monday).


Sure, Rhode Island is on a glide path for the holiday season, but a dynamic election year is fast approaching. 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. (A quick program note: my TGIF column is taking next week off and will resume on December 1.) Here we go. 

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Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady in October at 4.2 percent, just slightly above the national rate of 4.1 percent.

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Former Rhode Island Supreme Court justice Robert G. Flanders Jr. announced Thursday his Republican campaign for the U.S. Senate seat

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Is there any hope for common ground in the polarized debate over gun violence in America? That’s one of the questions many people are asking in the aftermath of mass shootings at a Texas church and a country music festival in Las Vegas.

Rob DeBlois, principal of the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program, has received the inaugural Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment in recognition of his decades long commitment to Rhode Island’s most challenged, low-income and mostly immigrant students. 

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan is downplaying findings from a poll released Monday by the campaign of GOP rival Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

Asked if she views the results as credible, Morgan said, "It's not surprising. Everyone knows Allan Fung and I've only just begun. Only about half the people in the state know me, whereas 100 percent know him at this point. I've begun. I will make the case to the people of Rhode Island and I'm confident I'm going to win."

It's starting to actually feel like fall, and the news keeps coming fast and furious. 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.

Republicans in Congress and the Trump Administration are working on a federal tax overhaul they say will help the middle class. RIPR’s Scott MacKay says that so far the proposals aren’t going to do much for middle-income earners, particularly those of us living in the blue states of the northeast.

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Lt. Gov. Dan McKee emphasized themes of experience and aiding small business while announcing Tuesday that he'll seek re-election.

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is among 4 attorneys general calling on the Federal Communications Commission to reject the proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns WJAR-TV, Channel 10, and Tribune Media.

The heavy winds came, lots of Rhode Islanders lost power, and now we're trying to move on. 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.

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Rhode Island state government tackled public employee pensions in a landmark 2011 retirement system overhaul. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that law didn’t end the local pension obligations that still haunt many communities.


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