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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
4:06 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

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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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On Politics
4:53 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Patrick Kennedy endorses Seth Magaziner for RI Gen. Treasurer

Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy has endorsed Seth Magaziner  for the Democratic nomination for Rhode Island state general treasurer.

In a news release, Kennedy said, ``I am proud to support Seth because I know he is the best candidate to move Rhode Island forward.’’

Kennedy also said, ``Not only will bring a steady hand to the state’s finances, he will bring new energy and fresh ideas that will put Rhode Islanders to work and make our state competitive in the 21st Century economy.’’

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On Politics
4:52 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Another busy political week looms ahead, so let's get into it. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to follow me all week long on the twitters.

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RI News
12:57 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Brown Provost Schlissel Is New U. Of Michigan President

Brown's Provost will leave his post to become President of the University of Michigan.
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The University of Michigan has tapped Brown University provost Mark Schlissel as its new president. Schissel, who has served as Brown provost since 2011 will become Michigan’s 14th president.

Michagan is known as one of the nation’s top public universities with an annual budget of $6 billion a year, an enrollment of 44,000 students and a workforce of about 22,000.

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