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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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On Politics
4:38 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Former candidate Coyne-McCoy launches her own political consulting shop

Longtime activist Kate Coyne-McCoy, who ran unsucessfully for the open CD2 seat in 2000, has opened her own political consulting firm, Campaign Fixer.

Coyne-McCoy writes that beyond serving local, state and federal candidates:

Campaign Fixer also provides strategic assistance and technical expertise to not for profit boards and organizations working to change the world through progressive action.  My last day at the Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending will be August 31, 2012.

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On Politics
3:42 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Raimondo moves toward 2014 with big 2Q; Taveras no slouch

Although state Treasurer Gina Raimondo predictably downplayed talk during a recent interview about a possible run for governor in 2014, her fundraising machine just keeps humming along.

The former venture capitalist raised an impressive $258,155 during the quarter that ended June 30, leaving her with a $857,903 war chest.

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On Politics
3:54 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Milton Friedman centennial celebration set tonight for Providence dive bar

In perhaps the oddest local ideological pairing since Grover Norquist did the Cuban Revolution, the late economist and conservative icon Milton Friedman will be remembered during an event this evening at Nick-a-Nee’s, the fabulous and slightly scraggly Jewelry District watering hole.

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On Politics
2:57 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

The beginning of the end of apathy about Rhode Island’s economy?

Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but we’re seeing a few attempts to bring some urgency to Rhode Island and its perennial economic struggles.

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On Politics
4:00 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

ProJo wins $2.5 million Providence property tax rebate in legal deal

Providence city government and the Providence Journal have reached an agreement on the ProJo’s tax assessment lawsuits that will lower the newspaper’s property tax liability on its properties in Providence by about $2.5 million.

Under terms of the deal approved by Superior Court Judge Patricia Hurst, the Journal will get a tax credit of $625,000 in 2012, $833,333 in 2013 and about $1 million in 2014.

The settlement was filed in court last Friday before a trial on the issue, which was scheduled to begin today.

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On Politics
4:03 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Of Providence, politics and potholes

The sign on Interstate 95 says `entering historic Providence.’ RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it may be time to change that slogan to entering the `city of  cracked pavement.’

From the top of Elmhurst to the bottom of Elmwood, from Wanskuk to the banks of the Woonasquatucket, Providence is a city of crumbling roads. Potholes pock the business arteries like acne on a teenager’s face. Poorly maintained sidewalks make things precarious for joggers and the wheelchair-bound alike. The endless patching of roads riven by underground utility work never ends.

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On Politics
3:06 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

New guidelines encourage Providence Journal staff to use social media

As the Providence Journal continues to wrestle with the challenges facing old-line media, reporters at the statewide daily are being encouraged to increase their use of social media.

A recently issued five-page set of social media guidelines “demonstrates a lot of faith in the professionalism of the people who work here,” says reporter John Hill, president of the Providence Newspaper Guild. ”Basically, the policy is, ‘don’t be a jerk.’ “

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On Politics
5:14 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Langevin challenger Riley says future of US economy is in doubt

Republican Michael Riley, who’s challenging Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin, makes clear his dislike for tax increases. But he says he’s declined to sign Grover Norquist’s famous anti-tax hike pledge.

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On Politics
5:10 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

The curious campaign of Anthony Gemma (cont’d)

First, Anthony Gemma wouldn’t take questions from reporters at his campaign announcement.

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