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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Pre-2013 archives of the On Politics​ blog can be found here.

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With Democrats still reeling from their losses in the election earlier this month, Congressman David Cicilline and Jim Langevin continue to support Nancy Pelosi as the minority leader in the US House of Representatives.

Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan is challenging Pelosi, arguing that fresh leadership is needed to help move Democrats forward. A vote is scheduled for Wednesday.

Rhode Island's two congressmen are sticking with Pelosi, who has led House Democrats for more than 12 years.

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A divisive election and Rhode Island’s legacy of organized crime have gotten lots of media attention lately. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay reflects on an anniversary that he worries has become an afterthought.

Your faithful correspondent took most of this week off, in large part to rake leaves, so this week's column is a bit abbreviated. Happy Thanksgiving and 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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State Police say an allegation of voter intimidation in a high-profile legislative race is unfounded.

The accusation of voter intimidation came up in Republican Steven Frias’ challenge to House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello. One voter, Larry Winkler, said the person who came to collect his mail ballot questioned why he was picking Frias, but still submitted the ballot.

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University of Connecticut journalism professor Mike Stanton, a former Providence Journal investigative reporter, sat down to talk about President-elect Donald Trump and the media. Stanton is also a board member of the New England First Amendment Coalition.

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An earthquake election left Republicans in control of Congress and the White House. How will Democrats respond? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay posed the question to Sen. Jack Reed, the senior Rhode Island member of Congress.

Trump-world continues to assemble before our eyes, even as America prepares to pause next week for Thanksgiving. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Rhode Island’s unemployment rate inched down to 5.5 percent in October and the state gained jobs, but the Ocean State’s jobless rate was higher than neighboring Massachusetts and Connecticut, according to the state Department of Labor and Training.

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Longtime Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin has a new chief of staff. Kristin Nicholson is leaving Democrat Langevin’s office to take a job at Georgetown University.

Nicholson, who has been with Langevin since his first election to the House in 2000, will become director of the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown. Taking over for Nicholson as chief of staff is Todd Adams, currently Langevin’s legislative director.

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In a sign that the 11-member Republican cohort in the House will take a more combative tone, Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) has won a narrow vote to succeed Brian Newberry as House minority leader.

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The afternoons are growing dark, a chill leavens even sunny days and a New England winter beckons. It’s time to get ready for the holidays, with Thanksgiving up next.  The chill and the holiday remind us once again that it’s time for us to reach into our hearts and search the closets for old winter coats to donate to the 20th annual Rhode Island Buy Nothing Winter Coat Exchange.

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Governor Gina Raimondo said she's not sure what to expect from the administration of President-elect Donald Trump, although she's concerned about the possible repeal of Obamacare, likes Trump's plan to boost federal infrastructure spending, and vows that Rhode Island will protect the civil rights of its citizens.

A Superior Court judge has ordered Hewlett Packard Enterprise to continue its disputed work on the DMV computer system.

Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein issued a temporary restraining order requested by the state. That means Hewlett Packard Enterprise, or HPE, must legally keep working on the long-delayed multi-million dollar computer system for the DMV.

Silverstein ruled the state would suffer immediate and irreparable harm if work on the DMV computer system ground to a halt. He scheduled further arguments in the case for December 1.

Expect the unexpected when it comes to politics, right? Yes and no. While Tuesday's presidential election offered a big surprise, General Assembly results in the Ocean State mostly represent a lack of change. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments remain welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Every American election brings an assessment of how well the media covered  things. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says there should be some vigorous scrutiny of the 2016 election cycle.

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