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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
5:00 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Schillings use Facebook to fire back, unload on Rhode Island officials

Despite repeated and sustained requests for interviews from a bevy of Rhode Island news organizations, Curt Schilling and his wife Shonda continue to utilize Facebook to fire back at reports emanating from the Ocean State.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

In sizzling missive, Narragansett chief calls RI “blatantly discriminatory” toward the tribe

In a scathing news release, Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas outlines a litany of grievances involving Rhode Island’s likely expansion of state-sponsored gambling and calls for a meeting with Governor Lincoln Chafee, House Speaker Gordon Fox, and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed “to address this disgraceful situation.”

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On Politics
4:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Supreme Court upholds dismissal of Bob Burke’s defamation case against ProJo

In a victory for the Rhode Island media, the state Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a defamation case filed by Providence restaurateur Robert I. “Bob” Burke against the Providence Journal, ProJo Statehouse chief Katherine Gregg, WPRO talk-show host Dan Yorke and Citadel Broadcasting, the former owner of WPRO.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Kilmartin, O’Donnell comment on Whiting conviction

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, a former Pawtucket police officer, and state police Colonel Steven O’Donnell are offering this reaction to the conviction today of North Providence Police Chief John Whiting:

Kilmartin:

“This office takes seriously its responsibility of bringing all those who break the law to justice.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Doherty raised about 200K in Q2; 660K+ cash on hand

Brendan Doherty’s congressional campaign raised about $200,000 in the recently ended second quarter of 2012, leaving the campaign with a little more than $660,00o in its war chest, according to political director Robert Coupe.

I’ve made an inquiry about David Cicilline’s comparable figures for Q2 and will update this post after getting that information.

On Politics
5:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Cicilline, Doherty ramp up the battle of the surrogates

Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is set to headline a fundraiser for Republican Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty this evening at the Metacomet Country Club in East Providence.

On Politics
4:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Rhoda Perry bowing out of the RI Senate after 22 years

State Senator Rhoda Perry,  a liberal stalwart from Providence, has decided against seeking re-election after more than two decades in the chamber.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Fox says loan guarantee program wasn’t expanded exclusively for 38 Studios

House Speaker Gordon Fox is distancing himself from responsibility for the demise of 38 Studios.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Jerzyk moving to deputy city solicitor post in Providence

Matt Jerzyk, drector of policy, municipal affairs and senior counsel to Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, has accepted an assignment as deputy city solicitor, RIPR has learned.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Fox pledges same-sex marriage vote; focus turns to the Senate

House Speaker Gordon Fox, during a taping this morning of WPRI/WNAC-TV’s Newsmakers, said he plans to call a vote on same-sex marriage early in the next legislative session. While legislative elections this fall could change the composition of the House, Fox believes he has the votes to pass the measure (assuming he wins re-election).

Marriage Equality Rhode Island has released the following statement in response:

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