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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On Politics
2:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Bob Walsh: the unions are going to win the pension lawsuit

Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island, has never been shy with his opinions. And he’s confident that unions will succeed in legally overturning the state’s much-ballyhooed pension overhaul of 2011.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Doherty + Cicilline trade shots over Bain Capital

The campaigns of Republican challenger Brendan Doherty and Democratic Congressman David Cicilline are trading shots on a topic related to Mitt Romney’s former company, Bain Capital.

Doherty’s campaign used a news release this morning to rap Cicilline:

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On Politics
4:00 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Bill Fischer now working for the RI Democratic Party

The Rhode Island Democratic Party has bolstering its communications for the 2012 campaign season by hiring Bill Fischer, an experienced PR professional with a long resume in politics.

Fischer currently runs True North Communications. He worked for the state Senate in the late ’90s before serving as chief of staff during Sheldon Whitehouse’s tenure as attorney general.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Thu July 19, 2012

RISD strikes agreement for increased payments to Providence

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is sharing word of an agreement under which the Rhode Island School of Design will more than double its contributions to the city:

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On Politics
5:00 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Six things about campaign finance — and why they matter

1. Republican Senate candidate Barry Hinckley says Rhode Islanders don’t much care about campaign finance reform. “I have been around for 16 months, traveling Rhode Island,” Hinckley said during a press event yesterday. “Not one person has brought up campaign finance reform to me, not one, in 16 months.”

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On Politics
4:00 am
Wed July 18, 2012

The US is reinventing its economy; can Rhode Island do likewise?

Even with what often seems like a tepid recovery, the United States is working its way back toward a muscular economy — if you believe the Economist.

The sharp-eyed British newsmagazine points to a number of factors: under-valued homes, increasing exports, the growing “app economy,” and more. So if the nation can do it, what about the perennial sick man of the New England states?

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On Politics
5:00 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Hinckley seizing on campaign finance issue to rap Whitehouse

UPDATE: Whitehouse strikes back.

Shortly after the end of Hinckley’s news conference this afternoon, Whitehouse released a statement criticizing the GOP:

Today, for a second day in a row, Senate Republicans blocked debate on the DISCLOSE Act, a bill to end secret spending in elections by corporations and other groups.  The vote failed to overcome a filibuster by a vote of 53 in favor to 45 against.  60 votes were required.  Following the vote, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement:

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On Politics
5:00 am
Mon July 16, 2012

R.I.P. Elaine Hanlon

Elaine Hanlon of Providence, a dedicated veteran investigator for the Rhode Island Public Defender’s office, died at Rhode Island Hospital last week after suffering an apparent heart attack at a July Fourth picnic. She was 54.

Universally known as `Laney,’ Hanlon was known for compassion towards her impoverished clients and her tenacity in helping them obtain justice in the Rhode Island legal system.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Internet sales tax fairness needed now

Congress can easily help cash-strapped states collect millions in sales taxes from Internet sales. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why action is needed to protect Main Street retailers.

The sun is high; your vacation is nigh. What better way to while away a splendid July afternoon in the Ocean State than a trip to the shore with that book you’ve been meaning to get to.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Narragansetts remain on the sidelines as RI + Massachusetts gear up for more gambling

Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas can only watch in frustration as 1) Massachusetts moves ahead with plans for expanded gambling in nearby Taunton; and Rhode Island’s slot parlors spend heavily in hopes of adding table games at Twin River and Newport Grand.

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