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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Rhode Island emerged largely unscathed from the initial phase of our first big weather-related test of the new year, so bully for us, hardy New Englanders and cringing weather weenies alike. Thanks for stopping by for my column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters.

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A.T. Wall is retiring next month as the director of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. Wall started working as a corrections officer in 1976. As he prepares to step down after more than a decade at the helm of the state prison system, he took a few minutes to speak with Rhode Island Public Radio.

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With the fate of the Pawtucket Red Sox looming over the start of the General Assembly's 2018 session, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said stronger public support is the key to winning his backing for the team's $83 million stadium proposal.

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Thomas Morgan, a longtime former Providence Journal reporter who was beloved by his colleagues and widely appreciated by readers, has died at age 75.

Former colleagues said Morgan was found at his apartment on Solar Street in Providence on Friday.

On Twitter, former ProJo investigative reporter Mike Stanton remembered Morgan as "one of the most gifted writers, raconteurs, humorists and connoisseurs I had the pleasure of working with."

We're on the cusp of an exciting new year in Rhode Island, with lots of political intrigue and big elections up for grabs. So thanks for stopping by. 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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When Rhode Island lawmakers begin a new session next Tuesday, they'll face a big decision about the future of the PawSox. 

Who needs holiday presents when Rhode Island politics is the gift that keeps on giving? 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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The season of “Auld Lang Syne” is fast upon us. As we sing the strains inspired by the Scottish poet Robert Burns, we remember the past year. We also look ahead to the new.


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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo discusses the outlook on the PawSox, problems with the UHIP system, debate about her administrations use of tax incentives and much more during the first installment of a two-part year-end interview.

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During a wide-ranging year-end interview, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello explains his concerns about the proposal for a new PawSox stadium in Pawtucket, and why he remains fully behind eliminating the state car tax.

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Rhode Island College has been awarded a $455,000 Champlin Foundation grant to renovate the college’s chemistry teaching labs in the John Clarke Science Building.

The grant is the largest that Champlin has ever awarded to RIC.

Ah, the intra-party fellowship of the holiday season! That's one of one of our top themes this 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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As we near the end of 2017, Rhode Island Public Radio Political Analyst Scott MacKay has been reflecting on the year in politics and the year ahead. Today he brings us his annual ode, 'Twas the night before the New General Assembly session, with thanks to poet Clement Moore. 

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The Pawtucket Red Sox management says it has concerns with and is not ready to get behind a revised stadium financing plan floated last week by the Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee.

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RIPR political reporter Ian Donnis has learned that Darin Early, COO of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, is leaving in January and will be replaced by Jesse Saglio, according to commerce secretary, Stefan Pryor.

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