On Politics

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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Jennifer Wood, the top lawyer for the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services, is leaving to become executive director of a nonprofit public interest law group, the Rhode Island Center for Justice.

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Fresh details about the Pawtucket Red Sox’ quest for a new stadium are expected to emerge in the near future. So we invited in the team’s president, Dr. Charles Steinberg, to talk about the situation. 


A grass-roots campaign has pushed Providence City Councilor Kevin Jackson from office in an overwhelming, unprecedented recall victory on the capital city’s East Side, marking the first time any city political figure has been ousted from office through a recall effort.

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Governor Gina Raimondo’s latest campaign finance report shows a balance of more than $2.2 million.

That’s about 25 times the $78,922 that Raimondo’s GOP rival from 2014, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, has in his war chest.

The Providence Journal is significantly rearranging how it covers the news, sending Katherine Gregg back to Smith Hill to cover the Statehouse, and reassigning Statehouse reporters Jennifer Bogdan and Patrick Anderson as part of a heightened focus on different Rhode Island municipalities, RIPR has learned.

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Former Governor Lincoln Chafee is criticizing the Raimondo administration's plans to use millions in tax incentives to promote development in the I-195 District.

May is almost here, bringing a closer read on state revenue and perhaps even more sunshine. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow me though the week on the twitters. Here we go.

The former owners of the Apex Building being considered for a new PawSox ballpark in Pawtucket argue in a Superior Court lawsuit that the site's current owner demanded $6.4 million for unnecessary environmental cleanup costs.

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In a Superior Court filing, Governor Gina Raimondo's office responds to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s arguments that the grand jury documents in the 38 Studios case should remain confidential.

Tax Day is behind us, and the final stretch of the legislative session is looming. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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A path breaking Harvard University Law School professor and former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall will keynote the 2017 Commencement exercises at Roger Williams Law School on May 19th at 1 p.m. at the RWU Athletic Field on the Bristol campus at One Old Ferry Road.


The Providence to Newport Ferry is coming back with increased service this summer.

The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and the state Department of Transportation announced today the return of the ferry service, which drew thousands last summer.


Boston’s big hospital system –Partners HealthCare—is acquiring Care New England, Rhode Island’s second largest hospital chain. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this deal raises many questions about the quality and price of health care in the Ocean State.


Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro and five others will receive honorary degrees at Brown University’s 249th Commencement on Sunday, May 28th in Providence.


Update II: Jack Khorey, who spent close to a half-century on Fountain Street as a reporter and editor, is also taking the buyout. He has most recently served as city editor.

Update: John Kostrzewa, the Providence Journal's assistant managing editor for business, commerce and consumer issues, is taking the latest buyout offered by GateHouse Media, management, RIPR has learned.