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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
5:30 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Speaker Fox writes $648 check for 2007 fundraiser; opponent tries to make hay

House Speaker Gordon Fox yesterday sent a check for $648 to Tazza Caffe cover the cost of food and drinks for a 2007 fundraiser at the Peerless Lofts. Tazza’s owner, Michael Corso, is the lawyer and tax broker who was part of a 2010 meeting paving the way for 38 Studios to come to Rhode Island.

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On Politics
4:35 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Raimondo not predicting outcome of pension lawsuit

As might be expected for an elected official, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo isn’t making any bold predictions about the outcome of a court case challenging last year’s pension overhaul.

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On Politics
3:37 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Langevin among reps rapping Bachmann in Muslim Brotherhood controversy

Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann and some other GOP members of the House Intelligence Committee are facing criticism from their colleagues, including Jim Langevin, for asserting the Muslim Brotherhood may be making inroads into the US government.

The Huffington Post cover the issue today:

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On Politics
2:40 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Whitehouses “deeply concerned and upset” by son’s arrest

In a joint statement, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and his wife, Sandra, are commenting on the arrest today of their son, Alexander, on a charge of operating under the influence, in Middletown:

“We are deeply concerned and upset by our son’s poor judgment. But we love Alexander and we will deal with this as a family.”

On Politics
4:44 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Cicilline surrogates hitting Gemma, Doherty on abortion rights

As Congressman David Cicilline tries to battle back from miserable poll ratings and more fallout from his time at City Hall, his campaign is using a series of surrogates to rap primary challenger Anthony Gemma and Republican candidate Brendan Doherty a

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On Politics
2:48 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

The 38 Studios Inside Story from Boston Magazine: Chafee not at fault

Now comes Boston Magazine with an in-depth dissection of Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios video game fiasco that has snared Rhode Island taxpayers to the tune of at least $75 million. The article by Jason Schwartz details the mess that was 38 Studios long before the arrival of the $75 million in financing from Rhode Island taxpayers that was pushed by Gov. Donald Carcieri and approved by the General Assembly and the RI Economic Development Corporation.

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On Politics
1:53 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Taveras: “It’s a question of how you resolve your differences”

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is understandably downplaying dissension on the City Council, and he denies that he’s losing support among the majority of councilors who’ve backed him since he took office.

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On Politics
12:56 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

More City Council chaos in Providence; FinCom meeting scrapped

Here’s a tangible sense of how things are going sideways with the Providence City Council: a Finance Committee meeting with a litany of important items, originally scheduled for 5:30 today, was cancelled at 9:32 this morning.

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On Politics
4:59 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Why won’t Anthony Gemma appear on RINPR’s Political Roundtable?

Despite vowing during his campaign announcement in April to sit down for detailed interviews with reporters, Anthony Gemma’s campaign has spurned repeated invitations to appear as a guest on Rhode Island Public Radio’s weekly Political Roundtable.

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On Politics
3:03 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Narragansett chief wants a meeting with Chafee to talk gambling + discrimination

Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas has followed through on his plan to seek a meeting with Governor Lincoln Chafee.

The Narrgansetts remain on the sidelines as Rhode Island’s gambling halls are spending big bucks to promote an expansion of their offerings this November.

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