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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Felix E. “Feidlim” Gill, of Narragansett, has been nominated to be a Rhode Island Family Court judge by Gov. Gina Raimondo.

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It’s Labor Day, the holiday celebrating working people. That got RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay thinking about unions, and the decline of organized labor in the private economy.  

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Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio hopes the PawSox' proposal for a new Pawtucket stadium will get a General Assembly vote in November.

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The Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a series of hearings on the proposal for a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium, Sen. William Conley, D-East Providence, said Monday.

The death of Rhode Island labor leader Frank Montanaro Sr. reminded former Gov. Lincoln Almond of Montanaro’s crucial role in helping to get the Fidelity Investments building in Smithfield done in the 1990s without a labor-management dust-up that could have killed the project.

We're edging ever closer to a lively election year, as seen by the events of the past week. 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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Rhode Island voters have sent another progressive Democratic woman to Smith Hill, Dawn Euer, who won a vacant Senate seat in Newport. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this trend could bring debate over abortion back to the Statehouse.  


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Rhode Island State Rep. Mike Chippendale joins Bonus Q&A to discuss his stance on the proposed PawSox stadium; debate over the cost of electricity; why he voted against the state budget; how President Trump is faring in western Rhode Island, and more.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung told a group of Tiverton Republicans Wednesday evening that he's running for governor in 2018.

Democrat Dawn Euer, a progressive lawyer, cruised to victory in special election for the Rhode Island Senate seat formerly held by Teresa Paiva Weed.

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Frank J. Montanaro Sr., a former president of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO and Rhode Island's Democratic National Committeeman, died Tuesday.

We'll skip the opening quip this week, because, this week. 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.

R.I.P. Tom Bates

Aug 18, 2017

Update: Services for Tom Bates: Wake, Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Monahan Drabble Sherman Funeral Home, 230 Waterman Street in Providence. Celebration of Life: Hot Club, South Water Street, Providence, Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m.

Tom Bates, the burly, witty and friendly Providence tavern owner and raconteur, who came to Rhode Island’s capital to attend the Rhode Island School of Design and never left, was found dead today at his East Providence home. He was 73.

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The white supremacist march in Charlottesville has stirred a variety of emotions. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says there should be only one takeaway from this demonstration.  

The Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, and Dr. Tom Wiles, executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island, called today on Rhode Island Christians to join in prayer this weekend to reject the message of the neo-Nazi march on Virginia.

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