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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
4:56 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Welcome back to my Friday column. Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
2:59 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Political-Economic Reality and Myth

What's really to blame for the state of Rhode Island's economy?
Credit Don Boorman / RIPR

Every serious candidate says Rhode Island’s poor economy is the top issue in this year’s governors’ race. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for Rhode Island to sort economic myth from reality.

Say hello to any of the five major candidates for governor and you’ll get a marathon run of rhetoric on the need to create jobs in our struggling state.  On the Republican side, Ken Block and Allan Fung have both talked about ushering in a better business climate, lowering taxes and looking for ways to save taxpayer money.

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On Politics
10:59 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Raimondo Posts $485K for Q4; Taveras Slightly Narrows Her Advantage; Pell Tops $1M

Gina Raimondo's gubernatorial campaign says it raised $485,507 in the final three months of 2013, raising her campaign account to a balance of $2,508,647. Meanwhile, the new Democrat in the race, Clay Pell, shows a balance of $1.1 million, with more than $1 million of it coming from a loan to himself.

Here's how Raimondo touted her latest numbers.

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On Politics
4:06 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Wall Street Emerges As An Issue Between Taveras & Raimondo

The rhetorical battle over who plays the role of "Wall Street Democrat" in this year's race for governor has started.

A fundraising ask emailed Thursday afternoon by Angel Taveras' gubernatorial campaign is subject lined, "Stand up to Wall Street." Without naming fellow Democrat Gina Raimondo, the email goes on to say: "After taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from her former colleagues on Wall Street, one of our opponents is trying to redefine herself, but it’s clear who she stands for."

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On Politics
4:42 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Solomon Formally Enters the Race for Mayor of Providence

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Joined by his family and supporters, Providence City Council President Michael Solomon on Wednesday formally entered the race to succeed Mayor Angel Taveras, backed by the by-far largest war chest in the race and a coalition of supporters from across the city.

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On Politics
2:01 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Taveras Raises $325K in Q4; War Chest tops $1M

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Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' gubernatorial campaign is taking the initiative to publicize its fourth-quarter fundraising for 2013, two days ahead of the deadline. The campaign says Taveras raised $324,920 in Q4, bringing cash on hand to $1,025,981.62.

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On Politics
4:19 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

New Poll shows RI voters favor legal pot

In the run up to a Super Bowl between two teams from states that have legalized marijuana, thus giving whole new meaning to the term Bud Bowl, pollsters are taking the pulse of public opinion on  the issue in other states.

Today, Public Policy Polling released a public opinion survey that shows 53 percent of Rhode Island voters support changing the state’s laws to sell, regulate and tax pot in a manner similar to alcohol.

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On Politics
1:59 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Clay Pell Unveils Campaign; Proposes $10M Fund for Entrepreneurs

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Then there were three*.

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On Politics
8:38 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Clay Pell Enters RI Governor's Race Via Video Announcement

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democrat Clay Pell, who had already telegraphed his entry into the 2014 gubernatorial race, made it formal with a video emailed Monday night, focusing on the need to restore Rhode Island's economy and arguing that he's the one to do it.

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On Politics
5:54 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Fall River and Foxwoods to announce casino plan tomorrow

In what would be a serious threat to Rhode Island’s state gambling revenue stream, Fall  River is eyeing yet another attempt to enter the casino market.

Mayor William Flanagan has scheduled an announcement for Tuesday on a deal for a $750 million casino in the seen-better-days onetime textile center in  southeastern Massachusetts that practically straddles the R.I. border, according to several Massachusetts media outlets, including WBUR.

Partnering with Fall River would be Foxwoods, the Connecticut-based tribal gambling empire.

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