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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Rank-and-file state lawmakers will get $15,429 over the 12 months ending in June 2017. That’s a $15 hike from the amount for the legislative session that ended last month.

Happy Fourth of July weekend, and 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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If you’re wealthy, you may see the British exit from Europe’s economy as an opportunity. 

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About one-third of 113 General Assembly seats may go uncontested in fall elections.

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Bristol – There will be floats, bands and puppets, the trill of bagpipes and Sousa marches.

The sailors will step smartly down Hope Street, where the  red, white and blue traffic stripes have  replaced the mundane  yellow strips. The historic harbor is filling with boats, their white sails riffling in the afternoon breeze.

There will be flags, thousands of them. Some will hang from the stately 18th  and 19th century colonials that grace Bristol’s waterfront. The wooly-headed blue hydrangeas sprout from lawns grand and modest.

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The emergence of a second Republican candidate for the Cranston House seat held by Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is exposing a conflict within the state GOP.

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A Rhode Island Superior Court judge has barred the National Grid utility and the state Division of Public Utilities from shutting off gas and electric service to about 4,000 Rhode Islanders who have medical conditions.

The ruling, from Judge Netti C. Vogel, bans utility shutoffs from those with medical conditions, such as the seriously ill and disabled, until at least September 26. The action comes after a lawsuit filed by the Rhode Island Center for Justice, which challenged state procedures for cutting off service to those with medical  conditions.

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Four of the 12 Republican state reps in the House of Representatives are not seeking re-election, raising further questions about the GOP's ability to increase its Smith Hill representation.

The General Assembly session is over, the budget is signed, yet politics never takes a holiday. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and your can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Governor Gina Raimondo on Friday signed the $8.9 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, calling it a "terrific" plan that will position Rhode Island for economic growth.

During a Statehouse signing ceremony, the governor applauded the General Assembly, particularly House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, for including the vast majority of her initiatives in the spending plan. She acknowledged Rhode Island still has a significant need for more jobs.

Cranston Republican Steven Frias hopes to ride a wave of dissatisfaction with Rhode Island's status quo to unseat House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, often referred to the most powerful elected official in the state.

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Governor Gina Raimondo took questions from reporters Wednesday, during the latest in a series of occasional lunches with the media at the state Department of Administration cafeteria. Here's a look at the highlights:

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On a 2-0 margin, the Providence Board of Canvassers voted Tuesday to hold another hearing to examine whether state Rep. John Carnevale resides at his listed address in Providence.

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Governor Gina Raimondo's chief of staff, Stephen Neuman, and her communications director, Joy Fox, are leaving the governor's office.

Neuman will work his last day Friday. He's joining Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign as a senior adviser in Michigan.

Ann-Marie Fink, who oversees Rhode Island's almost $8 billion pension fund as the state's chief investment officer, is leaving Treasury for a private sector job, RIPR has learned.

Fink was hired during Governor Raimondo's tenure as state treasurer, starting on the job in January 2013. Fink succeeded Kenneth Goodreau, who left for a private sector job with TIG Advisors after four years as the state's top investment officer.

Fink did not respond to a request for comment Monday.

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