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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
1:58 am
Sat June 21, 2014

TGIF Will Return Next Week

TGIF is on hiatus and will return next week.

On Politics
3:27 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

RI government and Providence get good credit ratings

Some good news on the Wall Street front for the credit ratings of the state and the city of Providence.

Standard & Poor’s rating agency has affirmed the state’s credit rating and removed Rhode Island government from its CreditWatch list after the General Assembly voted to pay the $12 million installment on the state-backed bonds that financed the ill-fated 38 Studios video game fiasco.

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On Politics
3:02 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Chafee, Lawmakers Approve Moderate Budget

The General Assembly has approved the state's $8.7 billion dollar budget.
Credit RIPR

The usual special interest groups are blasting the new state budget approved by the General Assembly. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says maybe lawmakers did  the best they could in tough times.

Rhode Island’s General Assembly has approved an $8.7 billion taxing and spending plan for the financial year that begins July First. This budget has drawn fire from the usual suspects who roam the marble Statehouse corridors lobbying for their causes.

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On Politics
12:46 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Fung moves closer to capturing Republican governor endorsement

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung moved a step closer to capturing the Republican Party’s endorsement for governor, winning support from the RI GOP Nominating Committee at a meeting Thursday evening at party headquarters in Warwick.

Fung won 9 of the 14 votes on the committee, which makes recommendations for next week’s Republican State Convention, which will convene June 26th at the Radisson Hotel in Warwick to make the endorsement. Fung also received the nod of the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee, bringing to 18 the number of city and town GOP committees to back the Cranston mayor.

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On Politics
10:56 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Newport Grand, NECAP, Teacher Evaluations Still Hanging in the General Assembly

Mattiello near the end of Thursday night's House session
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The terms for a possible Newport casino was among the issues still awaiting General Assembly action on what is expected to be the last day of its session Friday. The House ended its session Thursday night to allow more time for closed-door negotiations between legislative leaders.

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On Politics
1:22 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Kerrie Bennett leaving URI for Delta Dental

Kerrie Bennett, director of legislative and government relations for the University of Rhode Island, is leaving to take an executive post at Delta Dental, the dental insurer.

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On Politics
10:19 am
Thu June 19, 2014

RI Democratic Party to Skip Endorsement in Primary for Governor

There won't be a Rhode Island Democratic Party in this year's hard-fought primary between Gina Raimondo, Angel Taveras, and Clay Pell.

In a note to Democratic state reps yesterday, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello writes, "In preparation for the Rhode Island Democratic Party's Endorsement Meeting on Sunday night, I wanted to inform you that the three major candidates for Governor have agreed to a 'no endorsement' from the party."

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On Politics
1:50 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

State Police To Interview Lawmakers On 38 Studios

Fox at the rostrum earlier this year
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is applauding plans by state police to speak with lawmakers about a 2010 vote that set the stage for 38 Studios to come to Rhode Island. A Job Creation Guaranty Program approved by the legislature was later used to channel $75 million to the ill-fated video game company.

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On Politics
9:42 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Incumbent Mayor Fung, outsider Block play to Republican conservative base

Providence – It was Mr. Inside, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, against Mr. Outside, Barrington businessman Ken Block,  as the two Republican candidates for governor clashed in the first televised debate of a campaign in which neither candidate has been shy about criticizing each other  in the early going.

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On Politics
4:05 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

RI Assembly Poised To Hike Minimum Wage To $9 Per Hour

Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

UPDATE: This was approved: Rhode Island’s low-skill minimum wage workers will very likely get a wage increase under legislation that the Rhode Island House is poised to approve before the end of the current legislative session.

The measure would jump the state’s floor wage for workers from the current $8 per hour to $9 on January 1, 2015. Such legislation has been approved by the state Senate and the House Labor Committee and has been posted for action by the full House tomorrow.

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