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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Scott Avedisian is leaving after nearly two decades as Warwick’s mayor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay caught up with Avedisian last week on his final day in office.

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Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss the fate of the PawSox stadium plan, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza's proposed monetization of the Providence water supply, the line item veto, and much more.

A poll commissioned by U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's campaign shows Whitehouse with a 58-point lead over potential rival Lincoln Chafee among likely primary voters, according to a polling memo obtained by Rhode Island Public Radio.

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Democrat Matt Brown hopes a rippling circle of support will enable him to defeat Gov. Gina Raimondo in Rhode Island's Democratic primary.

Brown, who has previously signaled his intention to run to the left of Raimondo, said the idea is to get steadily more people involved with his insurgent campaign. He said he expects about 150 supporters to attend a launch event at 6 p.m. Monday at the Southside Cultural Center in Providence.


Linda Finn and Henrietta White-Holder are the 2018 winners of the Sixth Annual Red Bandana Award, which honors people and organizations who embody the spirit and work of the late Richard Walton, a journalist, teacher and activist for peace, labor and social justice issues.

Rhode Island State Council of Churches

Rev. Anderson, executive minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, is taking a three-month sabbatical to continue to transition to being a woman, council president Chontell Washington announced in a news release.

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In a decision released Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court has given the okay for states to legalize sports betting -- a move that Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo expects to add $23.5 million in new revenue for the budget year starting July 1.

The May Revenue Estimating Conference is in the books, signaling the beginning of the end of the legislative session, and all the excitement that comes with that. So 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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Health care costs for poor residents keep increasing in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if one of these state governments is giving some businesses a free ride.

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A Rhode Island lawmaker believes the state economic development agency should have to win legislative approval to pass out grants or loans of more than $5 million.

Rhode Island’s economy is generating more revenue that was estimated last November, mainly because of a healthy increase in income tax receipts, the state Department of Revenue said today in a report.

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Rhode Island’s all Democratic Washington, D.C. delegation criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear agreement, but Republican U.S. Senate aspirant Bob Flanders hailed the president’s stance.

To honor Mothers’ Day, Providence religious leaders this weekend will urge support for “common sense” gun regulations.

Four city houses of worship will celebrate turn “Guns into Plowshares” weekend with prayer and presentations of decommissioned firearms that will be transformed into garden tools by metal artists working at The Steel Yard in Providence.

The four faith communities participating in this event are First Unitarian Church in Providence; Temple Beth-El; The First Baptist Church in America; and Central Congregational Church.

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Ward 2 Providence City Councilor Sam Zurier used his weekly note to constituents to announce he won't be seeking re-election this year.

Zurier, who was first elected in 2010, said he based his decision on an assessment of "the current state of the city, the work I believe City Hall needs to carry out, and my own skills and limitations."

It might be spring, it might feel like summer, but the signals of an intensifying election season are increasingly evident. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.