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
12:42 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

RI Slave Trade History Film To Be Shown In Providence

The old Rhode Island cliché is that only the best families in our state can trace their lineage all the way back to a slave trader or rum-runner. One of those families, the DeWolfs of Bristol, have dug deep into their family’s dark past as the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history.

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On Politics
4:52 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

PawSox Seek Meeting with Raimondo; Team Signals Flexibility After Negative Reaction to Proposal

PawSox president Jim Skeffington says the team is open to alternatives on its Providence ballpark plan.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

In a letter sent Saturday, the Pawtucket Red Sox' new ownership requests a meeting with Governor Gina Raimondo "to consider various alternatives and explore ways to accomplish our mutual objective" of keeping the PawSox in Rhode Island with a Providence stadium, "including the possible purchase of the state land for the ballpark."

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On Politics
6:25 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

TGIF: 20 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Lots of pots cooking, so we'll keep the formalities short. Your tips and comments are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me 24/7 on the twitters. Here we go.

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On Politics
3:53 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Scott MacKay Commentary: Tiverton Casino: A Necessary Evil?

Newport voters have fought off a fully fledged casino at Newport Grand Slots Parlor twice in as many election cycles. Now a casino is in the works for Tiverton, and opposition is mounting... will the state ever give up it's love affair with gaming?
Credit RIPR FILE

So Twin River’s parent company wants to build a new casino in Tiverton.   The idea is likely to raise a few eyebrows, but RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it  has to be done.

There are many Rhode Islanders who don’t believe that state government should be in the business of promoting gambling. Those critics point out the lottery games and slot-machine emporiums that speckle New England like daffodils these days are little more than cheap taxes on the poor.

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On Politics
1:57 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

RI Senate President Paiva Weed Wins Susan Farmer Award

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed
Credit RIPR file photo

  The Women’s Fund of Rhode Island is honoring RI Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, D-Newport, with the organization’s Susan L. Farmer Award.

The award will honor Paiva Weed for her leadership role as the first female Senate president and for her support for the state’s Temporary Caregivers Insurance program, which was a top priority of the Women’s Fund of RI.

Paiva Weed became the first women to hold the post of Senate president in 2009. She is a lawyer and Providence College graduate.

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