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
4:00 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Hinckley says he’ll have enough money to get his message out against Whitehouse

Republican Barry Hinckley continues to lag far behind the fundraising pace set by Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, but Hinckley says he’ll have enough money to get his message out on the way to the November election.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Would a full-time General Assembly be better for Rhode Island?

A few months ago, a young campaign operative made an earnest argument to me: Rhode Island would be better served by a full-time General Assembly. Observers of Smith Hill might have reason to be skeptical that longer hours and better pay would improve the legislature. Yet my friend Arlene Violet is now adding her voice to those calling for a full-time General Assembly:

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On Politics
2:00 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Whitehouse campaign says it raised 450K+ in Q2; 3.5M+ COH

No surprise here, but Sheldon Whitehouse isn’t hurting for cash as he gets into campaign mode:

Whitehouse for Senate today announced that it will report over $3.5 million cash on hand for Senator Whitehouse’s re-election campaign, after raising more than $450,000 in the second fundraising quarter of 2012. In addition, the grassroots campaign has submitted over 3,500 nomination signatures from people representing every city and town across Rhode Island so the Senator can appear on the ballot in November.  

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On Politics
5:00 am
Wed July 11, 2012

East Providence on path to Solvency; Bradley Hospital gets paid

East Providence city government is on its way to solvency and the lessons are fairly simple: Once again, negotiation and conciliation works better than confrontation and litigation.

Under the arrangement forged by the state Budget Commission that was ushered in to scrutinize East Providence finances, the city’s largest creditor, Bradley Hospital, which provides special education services to the city, will receive all payments within 60 days. The hospital had been owed more than $4 million for services, which threatened to send the city into receivership.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Chafee says he’s vindicated by testimony in 38 Studios’ bankruptcy; pledges review of EDC oversight

Governor Lincoln Chafee says he’s vindicated by testimony offered yesterday during a meeting in Wilmington, Delaware, on the bankruptcy of Curt Schilling’s failed video game company, 38 Studios.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Kilmartin to hold seminar on new open government laws

A crucial aspect of the state’s new Open Meetings and Access to Public Records acts is whether the attorney general is ready to be vigilant in enforcing the amended provisions approved by the General Assembly.

The good news for open government advocates is that Atty. Gen. Peter Kilmartin has announced that he and his staff are holding a July 27th information seminar at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol to explain details of the new law, which is designed to strengthen Rhode Island’s open government laws, which have too often been ignored in the past.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Twin River has spent almost 600K on casino campaign since March

Twin River has spent $578,741 since the start of March to encourage voters to support the expansion of gambling in Rhode Island during a statewide vote this November, state campaign finance records show. The comparable figure for Newport Grand is more modest: $21,400.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

ProJo’s Salit named journalism co-director of URI’s Metcalf Institute

Providence Journal reporter Richard Salit will take over the role formerly played by his esteemed colleague, the late Peter Lord, at the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting.

Sunshine Menezes, the Metcalf’ Institute’s executive director, says this in a news release:

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On Politics
3:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Cicilline camp says it raised more than 300K for Q2

Congressman David Cicilline’s campaign says it raised more than $300,000 during the second quarter, leaving it with a war chest of more than $825,000 as the First District race starts to heat up in earnest.

Republican Brendan Doherty’s team said last week it expected a haul of about $200,000 during Q2. The campaign’s cash on hand was put at more than $660,000.

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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