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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 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Ward says Woonsocket has a strong legal hand to make cuts if talks fail; Brien defends anti-tax stan

Woonsocket City Council President John Ward invokes the example set by Providence in describing how the city might wipe out its deficit if negotiations with unions don’t get the job done.

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On Politics
2:00 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

RI must get over the Schilling crash

The crash of the 38 Studios-Curt Schilling video game deal has sent shivers through Rhode Island’s economic development efforts. RIPR’s Scott MacKay has some thoughts on how we can get our jobs mojo back.

It is bad enough that Rhode Island state government has become a national laughingstock and media piñata for the foolish $75 million taxpayer bet on Red Sox legend Schilling’s ill-fated video game foray.

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On Politics
2:00 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

News you WON’T read in the ProJo

The Providence Journal, the state’s largest newspaper and the local arm of the Texas-based Belo Corporation,  has long called in editorials for non-profit institutions in the capital city to pay more to support city government. This has led the newspaper to support Mayor Angel Taveras’ efforts to get more payments-in-lieu of taxes from Brown University, Johnson & Wales University, Providence College, Women& Infants Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital.

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On Politics
5:00 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

In surprise departure, John Igliozzi is leaving the chairmanship of the Providence Finance Committee

John Igliozzi announced during a meeting this evening of the Providence City Council’s Finance Committee that he’ll be stepping down as FinCom chairman, effective July 1.

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On Politics
5:00 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Scott Brown coming to Ocean State to raise money for Doherty

US Senator Scott Brown, who is casting himself as a centrist as he seeks re-election, is the headline for a July 2 fundraiser for GOP congressional candidate Brendan Doherty in East Providence:

Music will be provided by the Reggie Centracchio Quintet during the time at Metacomet Country Club.

Contribution levels range from $100 for “friend,” to $2500 for members of the “Colonel’s Club.”

On Politics
5:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Bob Watson’s graceful exit from the General Assembly

  State Representative Robert Watson – the sometimes bombastic and always quotable East Greenwich Republican who served for years as the articulate voice of GOP opposition in the House — is leaving the General Assembly after more than two decades.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Brendan Doherty building organization in East Bay

Former RI state police col. Brendan Doherty of   Cumberland , the GOP candidate for U.S. House in the 1st District, has been moving his feet lately. Besides picking up endorsements from some Democrats, including onetime Boston Mayor Ray Flynn (a PC basketball star), former Newport State Rep. Jimmy Mahoney and former RI State Rep. Joanne Giannini of Providence’s Mount Pleasant district, Doherty has been holding meet-and-greets and fund-raisers almost every evening.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Rosemary Booth Gallogly rips Woonsocket House delegation; says it ducked “tough decisions”

State Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly has strong words for state Representatives Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, Jon Brien, and Robert Phillips after they failed to back a supplemental tax for cash-strapped Woonsocket in last-minute negotiations in the waning hours of the legislative session:

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On Politics
5:00 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Move to restore Ethics Commission oversight of General Assembly looks dead for 2012

Efforts to give voters the option of restoring oversight of the General Assembly by the state Ethics Commission are going nowhere fast in the close of the legislative session.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Kimzey set to formally launch state rep bid; Lombardi close to public decision

One of the most interesting legislative races for 2012 — the District 8 seat held by state Representative Michael Tarro (D-Providence) – is about to come into sharper focus.

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