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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Management at The Providence Journal is moving Katherine Gregg, a tenacious watchdog on Smith Hill for more than 30 years, out of the Statehouse, RIPR has learned from multiple sources.

Gregg, the longtime chief of the Journal's bureau in the Statehouse basement, will instead be assigned to the newspaper's downtown Providence newsroom on Fountain Street.

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Five civil liberties and open government groups called Tuesday for the public release of the material from the 38 Studios investigation.

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With a second-quarter balance of $1,451,944, Governor Gina Raimondo's fundraising remains robust at the mid-point in her four-year term as governor.

Raimondo began the quarter with a balance of just over $1 million -- $1,010,058. During Q2, she received $506,168 in contributions from individuals and $19,200 from political action committees. The governor's fundraising success can be seen in how her second quarter campaign finance report is 217 pages.

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Hours after one of his Republican legislative opponents called on him to do, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello called Monday for the "release of any and all information pertaining to 38 Studios" from the investigation conducted by State Police and the attorney general's office.

Leave it to Rhode Island to provide a counter-narrative to the notion that the news slows down in summer, right? 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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While many Ocean State voters are more focused on August vacations than politics, candidates for the legislature are knocking on doors, appearing at coffee hours and pleading for votes at taverns and ethnic clubs.

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In a sharp reversal from a vote one day earlier, the Providence Board of Canvassers found Thursday that state Rep. John Carnevale, a four-term member of the House of Representatives, is not a registered voter in Providence.

The decision means that Carnevale can not pursue his re-election campaign, unless he makes a successful appeal of the board's rendering.

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  Democrat Hillary Clinton got some good news from Pennsylvania today with a Suffolk University public opinion survey showing her up 9 points in the Keystone State over Republican Donald Trump in the presidential election.

In a four –way contest with Green Party nominee Dr. Jill Stein and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson the mix, Clinton led Trump, 46 to 37 percent. Johnson got 5 percent and Stein was at 3 percent with 9 percent undecided.

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Tony Simon is leaving his role as Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza's chief of staff at the end of August to launch a political consulting firm. He'll be succeeded by Nicole Pollock, who currently serves as the city's chief of policy and innovation.

Simon's pending exit marks the second high-profile departure from City Hall at the mid-point in Elorza's four-year term. Brett Smiley is leaving as the city's chief operating office to become Governor Gina Raimondo's chief of staff.

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Faced with Republican efforts to remove state Rep. John Carnevale's name from the fall ballot, the state Board of Elections on Monday called for the Providence Board of Canvassers to first resolve whether Carnevale can legally vote within his Providence district.

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Rhode Island Working Families, the newish progressive group, has made six legislative endorsements, as part of the group's aspiration to be "a major force" in September primaries for the General Assembly.

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  This comes as no surprise, but it is relevant: RI House Speaker Nick Mattiello, D-Cranston is demoting embattled Rep. John Carnevale, D-Providence, from the Democratic House leadership team.

Even at the Statehouse, loyalty has its limits. In this case, pragmatism and campaign exigencies have triumphed. At the capitol, there is nothing like self-preservation as a motivation.

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In his first public remarks since returning from a Canadian vacation last week, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello called the most recent revelations about state Rep. John Carnevale "unacceptable," while saying it's up to voters to decide the fate of the embattled Providence lawmaker.

"As the news broke in the media about Representative Carnevale this past week, I frankly agree with the sentiments of the public who are tired of these types of stories," Mattiello said in a statement released by his campaign spokeswoman, Patti Doyle. "And I am too! This behavior is unacceptable."

  The Republican National Convention that nominated Donald Trump is history. The Democratic convention that is poised to tap Hillary Clinton begins today. 

Your humble correspondent is back on the beat. 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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