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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March bursts upon the scene with a blast of cold air, as lawmakers return to Smith Hill and the political pot keeps bubbling. Thanks for stopping by for my weekend column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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38 Studios is the Rhode Island scandal that just won’t go away. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders how the state can put this mess in the rear-view mirror.

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A police investigation in Cranston has revealed irregularities with eight votes in last November’s election.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said the irregularities include a few duplicate votes and possible voting by non-US citizens. Fung said the irregularities are serious, even if the eight votes did not decide the outcome of any political races.

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Acclaimed actress Jessica Lange will be honored by Trinity Repertory Company with the 2017 Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts at the 21st annual Pell Awards Gala to be held on Monday, May 22 at the new WaterFire Arts Center in Providence.

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Governor Gina Raimondo said President Trump tells her the federal government will not go after otherwise law abiding undocumented immigrants, and will focus instead on those who commit crimes.

Happy Weekend! Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steve Pare doesn’t want city police used as deputy immigration  agents. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay says Pare’s stance makes sense.


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Governor Gina Raimondo said the RhodeWorks law passed amid controversy last year is yielding positive dividends for the state.

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With more than 20 months to go until Rhode Island's next gubernatorial election, EMILY's List -- a national group that supports pro-choice women candidates for Congress and governor -- is endorsing Governor Gina Raimondo for re-election.

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Seven state reps have dropped out as cosponsors of a bill that would create permanent abortion rights in the Ocean State. But supporters downplay the significance of this change.

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The Partnership for Rhode Island, the new nonprofit with a stated goal of boosting economic development in the state, has hired New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's campaign finance director, Tom Giordano, as its executive director, RIPR has learned.

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February is black history month, a time when we celebrate the contributions of African-Americans. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that when it comes to the Rhode Island judiciary, there isn’t much to cheer.


Happy weekend! Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

The days are getting longer. The General Assembly is back. And yes, the pols have been cooperating – from the White House to the State House –with the usual shenanigans.

The last Friday in February is fast approaching. Rhode Island political junkies know what that means – as the song trills – It’s Follies Time at the Veeeenusss  DeeMilo, the Veeenus….

State General Treasurer Seth Magaziner joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss financial regulation, the outlook for Providence pension, the heavy unfunded liabilities for municipalities' retiree health care, and other issues.

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