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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
1:42 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Who Killed RI's Fake Political Twitter Accounts?

A series of fake Twitter accounts created to satirize at Angel Taveras, Gina Raimondo, Ken Block, and Allan Fung among others, have been deleted. Exactly how and why this happened remains a mystery.

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12:17 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Fung Hires Three Consultants for Gubernatorial Campaign

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has hired three consultants for his Republican gubernatorial campaign:

Via news release:

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On Politics
2:33 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee Launches Run for Lieutenant Governor

Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee on Wednesday launched his Democratic run for lieutenant governor. He's expected to square off during a primary next September with Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, who is prevented by term limits from seeking re-election.

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On Politics
10:56 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Raimondo Adds Former Cicilline Campaign Manager Eric Hyers to Her Team

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo is adding Eric Hyers, who managed David Cicilline's two successful congressional campaigns, to her stable of political talent as she gears up for a Democratic run for governor next year.

In a telephone interview, Hyers would say only that his role is to "get her and her team ready as we approach the end of the year." He declined comment on other questions, including whether he'll remain part of Raimondo's team through 2014.

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On Politics
3:33 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Happy 35th, Providence Phoenix!

On a really cold day almost 13 years ago, a member of Providence's creative underground, Raphael Lyon, and I sat in the pickup truck of a North Carolina guy who was in town to salvage Civil War-era wood from the Silver Spring mill complex on Charles Street.

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On Politics
11:34 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Block and Fung to Attend Republican Governors Association Training Session in Arizona

Gubernatorial candidate Ken Block, who joined the Republican Party last month, is looking to burnish his GOP credentials by attending a Republican Governors Association training session for candidates in Arizona later this month. Cranston Mayor Allan Fung also plans to attend the get-together in Scottsdale on November 21-22.

In a statement, Block says he was happy to be invited and hopes to learn from Republican governors:

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On Politics
4:46 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

TGIF: 11 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

Welcome back to my Friday column. Thanks for stopping by and, as always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to follow me on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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3:02 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Twilight for the tea party in Rhode Island GOP

What is the tea party’s future in Rhode Island Republican politics? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks tea with the two announced GOP candidates for governor.

In April, 2010, at the height of the tea party insurgency, then-Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri addressed a boisterous rally on the south steps of the Statehouse. To 500 or  so  tea party activists, Carcieri bellowed, ``I love the tea party, I love the tea party.’’

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12:53 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Andrew Annaldo to Leave Providence Board of Licenses

Andrew Annaldo, the longtime chairman of the powerful Providence Board of Licenses and a top Rhode Island political insider, plans to leave the board after it came under sharp criticism from city officials for its handling of the latest case involving an underage stripper at Cheaters Gentleman's Club.

In a telephone interview, Annaldo says the criticism of the board was "not at all" a factor for why he asked Providence Mayor Angel Taveras not to re-appoint him when his current term expires in January.

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On Politics
5:09 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

WPRO's Carolyn Cronin leaves for p.r. post with Roman Catholic Diocese

Carolyn Cronin, a veteran radio reporter and news anchor at WPRO, has been appointed to lead external and internal communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Rev. Bishop Thomas J. Tobin announced in a statement released today.

``The Diocese of Providence is excited to announce Carolyn Cronin as its next communications director to lead a critical department in Diocesan administration,’’ said Bishop Tobin. ``Carolyn Cronin’s many years as a news anchor and reporter will strengthen Diocesan evangelization and catechisms.

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