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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With a potentially costly legal dispute settled between the state of Rhode Island and a group of nursing homes, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said Tuesday that he remains concerned about management issues in the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

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An advocate for nursing homes is warning of dire effects from the budget passed late Friday by the House Finance Committee.

Virginia Burke, president of the Rhode Island Health Care Association, said the budget includes an 8.5 percent cut for nursing homes, the equivalent of about $30 million.

"To take 8.5 percent away from their revenues, that's going to be devastating," Burke told RIPR. "There will be places that have to close. The places that can keep their doors open will have massive layoffs, they won't be able to pay their vendors."

Ian Donnis / RIPR

After little discussion during a 40-minute hearing, the House Finance Committee approved Friday a $9.55 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 that restores money for human service programs, kills a proposed 25 cent per pack hike in the cigarette tax and gives voters the chance in November to direct $250 million to school construction.

Just another quiet week in the Biggest Little. 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 Gov. Gina Raimondo outlined a series of steps Friday in responding to a potentially costly legal mistake by a former lawyer for the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo recently announced her reelection campaign with a splashy tv ad. The spot is airing as the governor faces criticism after a state lawyer dropped the ball on a big case involving Medicaid payments. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses this development and its potential impact on the governor’s campaign. 

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Rival candidates for governor continued pressing attacks against Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo Wednesday amid fallout from a potentially costly legal case, while Raimondo's campaign pointed to economic improvements in the state during her time in office.

Just when you think the PawSox stadium might be down for the count this legislative session, a new proposal emerges on the scene. 

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Americans have jousted over abortion for decades. Some supporters of abortion rights thought the 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that permitted legal abortions would end the debate. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says they were wrong.

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It remains unclear if the Pawtucket Red Sox will support the revised stadium plan unveiled this week by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

With the House Finance Committee set to review a revised PawSox stadium plan on Thursday, debate continues about whether the project is good or bad for Rhode Island taxpayers.

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Former U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee has decided against pursuing the post he lost to U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in 2006.

It's Memorial Day weekend, a time to reflect on the sacrifices of others while also looking to summer pleasures. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can reach me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has overthrown a ban on sports betting. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay looks at the pros and cons of allowing states to legalize wagering on sports. 

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