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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Maria D’Allesandro, a top executive at the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, has been placed on administrative leave.

D’Allesandro, who earns about $150,000 annually, has a significant portfolio at the department. She is deputy director of commercial licensing, deputy director of gaming and athletics and deputy director and superintendent of securities regulation.

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Senate Finance Chairman William Conley (D-East Providence) said Tuesday that a newly introduced PawSox stadium bill reduces potential liability for taxpayers by using state aid to Pawtucket as a backstop for borrowing, if the envisioned stadium produces less revenue than expected.

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With support from Governor Gina Raimondo and legislative leaders, the PawSox' proposal for a new stadium in Pawtucket is on track for a fall hearings in the General Assembly.

Raimondo announced Monday she's putting her support behind a revised deal for the baseball stadium.

Eugene McCaffrey, a former Rhode Island Democratic state representative, state senator and mayor of Warwick, has died. He was 84.

McCaffrey was the father of Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey, D-Warwick.

The budget awaits Senate approval, and the General Assembly could end its 2018 session in the week ahead. 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. (This week's column is abbreviated due to some other commitments; cry me a river, right?)

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House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) joins Political Roundtable to discuss the legislative budget; the debate over a high-profile gun bill; and why she's considering a run for governor next year.

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House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) joins Bonus Q+A to discuss a range of issues, including the debate over paid sick days; the change she made this week on the House Oversight Committee; legislative pay; the attitude of lawmakers toward citizens; and much more.

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In a relatively brisk five-hour session, the House of Representatives approved on a party-line vote a $9.2 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Cliff Wood, a former Providence city council member, director of the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy and longtime civic activist, has been appointed executive director of the Providence Foundation.

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Social media continues its creep into every area of life. Once again, a Facebook post has become an issue in a Rhode Island lawsuit that has reached the Rhode Island Supreme Court, which has reinstated the unemployment benefits of a worker fired because of a social media post.

It may not yet be time to cue The Final Countdown, but we're getting there with House Finance signing off on a new state budget. 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.

Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell told lawyers meeting in Providence today that he is concerned that arrests of undocumented immigrants inside or near state court buildings could lead to  people skipping out on court appearances.

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Former Gov. and U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee is back on the scene with a series of media appearances. Chafee is thinking about running for governor again, but RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay wonders why. 

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The House Finance Committee approved early Friday a $9.2 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The budget begins a phaseout of the car tax while also launching a new program to offer free college tuition to students at the Community College of Rhode Island.

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Rhode Island’s economy keeps chugging along, with an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent in May, which means the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment was below the national rate of 4.3 percent.

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