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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
3:00 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Ferguson’s health care challenges

Governor Lincoln Chafee’s choice of Christine Ferguson to head Rhode Island’s new Health Benefits Exchange has drawn praise. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says Ferguson may face challenges she can’t control.

Governor Chafee didn’t have to do an intergalactic search to find the person best qualified to run the state’s latest effort to extend health insurance to all citizens. For once, the person best suited for the job is a Rhode Islander, Christy Ferguson of Jamestown.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Walsh: unions want to stop the pension overhaul and then maybe talk

A series of union lawsuits filed today in Superior Court — aimed at stopping the sweeping state pension overhaul enacted last year — shouldn’t come as a surprise, says Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island. He says opponents made their stance clear before the overhaul was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Lincoln Chafee.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Tony Simon to manage re-election campaign for Sheldon Whitehouse

Tony Simon, deputy state director for US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, is leaving that position to run the freshman senator’s re-election campaign, RIPR has learned.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Celebrating Taco Inc., Cranston’s manufacturing success story

There was a time when the managers of great American manufacturing companies loved their products, cared about their employees and customers and valued the communities in which they did business. Factories were run by people who weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty working in the same space as blue-collar workers.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Demo of online RI Health Benefits Exchange planned for October

The worst-kept secret in state government came to an end this morning when Governor Chafee introduced Christine Ferguson as the director of the Rhode Island Health Benefits Exchange. Ferguson has a long history in health policy, and she says the exchange offers the promise of cutting healthcare costs:

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On Politics
5:21 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Nocera calls Brien a smart ALEC; rep says NYT column a “hit piece”

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist once famously talked about shrinking the federal government “to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.” Providence native Joe Nocera uses his New York Times’ op-ed column today to argue that state Representative Jon Brien is wielding a similar cudgel to cut spending in Woonsocket:

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On Politics
5:00 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Is less more for the Rhode Island Republican Party?

The Rhode Island GOP yesterday held its second in a series of recent news conference to introduce a batch of legislative candidates. The latest bunch was enthusiastic and their let’s-rock-the-status-quo messaging is potentially appealing in a state suffering from persistently high unemployment.

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On Politics
5:00 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Rev. Healey gets new parish but will remain as State House lobbyist

The Rev. Bernard A. Healey, the effective and hard-working lobbyist for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, is moving from St. Ambrose Parish in Albion to become pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Parish in East Greenwich in August, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has announced.

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On Politics
4:00 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Lombardi state rep announcement set for Thursday

Longtime former Providence city councilor John Lombardi is set to make formal on Thursday his run for the House seat held by state Representative Michael Tarro (Libby Kimzey is also in the running):

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On Politics
12:00 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Chafee says feds’ move won’t change state’s position on Pleau

Governor Lincoln Chafee has issued the following statement in response to the indication by federal prosecutors today that they intend to use the death penalty against Jayson Pleau:

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