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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
9:25 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Raimondo Staffs Up While Maintaining Fundraising Advantage Over Taveras

Although General Treasurer Gina Raimondo hasn't yet declared her expected Democratic campaign for governor, she continues to outpace Providence Mayor Angel Taveras in campaign fundraising.

During the third quarter that ended with the close of September, Raimondo raised about $412,000 (bringing her cash on hand to more than $2.3 million), while Taveras brought in $154,000 (bringing his war chest to $759,150.)

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On Politics
4:41 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Lessons we can learn from the Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox, New England’s most beloved sports team, are the world champions of baseball. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what we can learn from these men who played a boys game with joy.

Fifty years ago, the French-born cultural historian Jacques Barzun wrote a lyrical paean to baseball. His most noted passage was that ``whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules, and reality of the game.’’

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On Politics
3:55 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Kilmartin Wants Background Checks for Strip Club Workers

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says his office is developing legislation for the upcoming General Assembly session that would require background checks for workers in Rhode Island's adult entertainment industry.

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On Politics
8:27 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Taveras Hires Campaign Manager; Two Top Aides to Depart

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has hired Danny Kedem, an operative who formerly led Anthony Weiner's New York City mayoral bid, to run his Democratic gubernatorial campaign. Yet the more interesting news is the seeming precipitous departure of two key advisers to Taveras, deputy city solicitor Matt Jerzyk and deputy chief of staff Arianne Lynch.

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On Politics
1:48 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

RI State Association of Fire Fighters Endorses Taveras for Governor

Paul Reed, center, offers an endorsement to Taveras outside a Cranston fire house.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Two days after he announced his gubernatorial campaign, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras collected the endorsement on Wednesday of the Rhode Island State Association of Fire Fighters outside a Cranston fire house.

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On Politics
11:08 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Fung Set to Announce GOP Run for Governor on Monday

Fung during a City Hall news conference earlier this year.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is set to announce his Republican run for governor at 10 a.m. Monday at Taco, the Cranston-based manufacturer, according to campaign spokesman Patrick Sweeney. The campaign launch also includes a rally at 6 that evening at Chapel Grille at Sockanosset Crossroads.

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On Politics
4:49 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

A Red Sawx win in game 6 would clinch it

Tomorrow’s game at Fenway Park is the crucial one in this World Series. It is an advantage for Boston that the Old Towne Team has two games to win one; the Cahdinals backs are against the proverbial wall.

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On Politics
2:01 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

RI State Police bust unemployment cheats

 

STATE POLICE SWEEP RESULTS IN EIGHT ARRESTS FOR FRAUDULENT COLLECTION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

For Immediate Release

 

October 29, 2013

 

Contact:        Major Todd Catlow

 Rhode Island State Police

                        Detective Commander

                        RISP Headquarters

                        (401) 444-1006

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On Politics
12:00 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

From RI to Virginia Guv race: The Caramadre-McAuliffe connection

The Washington Post has the story on how Rhode Island's Joseph Caramadre case has reverberated in the Virginia governor's race. The story, by Post reporter Laura Vozzella, describes how ``a dying mechanic wanted a few thousand dollars to leave to his wife, two sons and infant daughter. A politically connected millionaire, now running for Virginia governor, wanted to make some money. And a Rhode Island estate planner wantd to become ambassador to the Vatican.

``All three came together in late 2006 in a deal struck just two months before the 44-year old mechanic died of cancer.''

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On Politics
12:54 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Fung Adding Sue Stenhouse to His Team in Cranston

Sue Stenhouse, a well-connected veteran of local GOP politics, is set to join Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's administration as Fung prepares to launch his Republican run for governor next week.

Fung faces a primary challenge from Moderate-turned-Republican Ken Block.

According to an agenda for a Monday evening meeting of the Cranston City Council, Stenhouse is due to be appointed as the city's director of senior services.

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