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.

It's not every week when a big national story has dramatic consequences in Rhode Island, but that's precisely what happened this time around with the Weinstein Effect. 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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Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket announced plans last week to close, citing financial troubles. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that while politicians protest, no one should be surprised at this development. 


The Indian Summer sun fades, the afternoon light will soon dwindle and morning frost is on the pumpkin. Evening chills send us to our closets for the heavier coats we’ll soon need.

Now is also the time to think about those among us who have less. As we ready for the holiday season, the time is nigh to help our less fortunate neighbors by donating to the annual Buy Nothing Coat Exchange, which will be held on the traditional date –Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving Christmas holiday shopping blitz.

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Rhode Island State Police and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office say they are reviewing claims of sexual harassment by state Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-South Kingstown).

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A female lawmaker's description of sexual harassment by a more powerful colleague has sparked a change: starting in January, Rhode Island lawmakers and General Assembly staffers will be expected to take part in sexual harassment training.

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Memorial Hospital is closing all but some walk-in clinics after its planned sale to a California hospital chain fell through.

Hospital officials announced the decision on Tuesday at a noon meeting with hundreds of employees.

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Construction is under way at the Wexford Innovation Complex in the I-195 District in Providence. Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo calls the project a game-changer for the state’s economy. But is the governor’s optimism justified?

Mid-October is here and we're zipping through the calendar. 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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The debate over taxpayer subsidies for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox rages on. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that for those who want to keep the team, now is the time to stand up.  


PawSox 2018 Schedule

Oct 12, 2017

Here is the Pawtucket Red Sox 2018 Schedule, which was released this morning. Saturday evening home games at McCoy Stadium  will feature fireworks:

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The mass shooting last week at a country music festival in Las Vegas has renewed conversation about gun control. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its way past time to get tougher on this issue. 

From sea to shining sea, it’s become a sad ritual: Another murderous shooting with military-style rifles, this time amid the glitz of Vegas. 

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In an effort to trim costs, Gov. Gina Raimondo’s administration is offering veteran state employees an incentive of up to $40,000 in an early retirement package, according to a memo sent to state employees by State Administration Director Mike DiBiase.

The fall campaign announcement season is here, bringing us closer to a new year bursting with political storylines. 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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Ridership surged this summer on the Newport-Providence ferry on Narragansett Bay, with more than 43,000 travelers using the ferry, a jump of nearly 10,000 from the ferry’s inaugural season in 2016, according to the state Department of Transportation.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo made critical remarks about the local media during an appearance Tuesday at Brown University, calling The Providence Journal a diminished way of reaching news consumers and labeling broadcast news, including a regular segment she does with WJAR-TV (Channel 10), "almost like talk radio."

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