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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On Politics
2:43 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Olympic Skating Star Kwan to give Commencement Address at Salve Regina

Michelle Kwan, the most celebrated figure skater in U.S. history and spouse of unsuccessful R.I. gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell, has been chosen to deliver the commencement address at Salve Regina University in Newport.

Kwan, now a U.S. State Department official and a U.S. public diplomacy envoy, was recently nominated to serve on the board of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

A graduate of the University of Denver, Kwan also earned a master’s degree from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, majoring in international relations.

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On Politics
1:58 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Patriot Wilfork is N.E. Tech Graduation Speaker

Vince Wilfork
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New England Tech has landed a big speaker for the school’s 75th commencement – former New England Patriot and fan favorite Vince Wilfork, one of the NFL’s best defensive tackles.

Wilfork, at 6 foot 2 inches and 325 pounds, was with the Pats for eleven years and was a member of the 2015 Super Bowl champions. He recently became a free agent and will play next season for the Houston Texans. His jersey was number 75.

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On Politics
5:19 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

TGIF: 19 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column, recapping another eventful week in Rhode Island. As always, your tips and feedback is welcome, and you can follow me on the twitters. Best wishes to my readers for Easter and Passover. Here we go.

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On Politics
3:27 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

President Obama orders RI disaster for January snow storm

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President Barack Obama today declared a disaster declaration for Rhode Island and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the huge snowstorm that blanketed the state between Jan. 26 and 28.

The White House said in a news release that federal funding is available to local governments and certain non-profit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and for repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the storm in all of the state’s five counties.

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On Politics
2:27 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Sen. Jack Reed's 26th Annual Spring Breakfast is April 19

One of the highlights of the spring political calendar is Sen. Jack Reed’s Spring Breakfast . Held every year at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet in Reed’s hometown of Cranston, this family-friendly  event is back for its 26th straight year. Reed's breakfast usually draws a throng of 1,000 or more.

This year’s edition is scheduled for April 19 from 10 a.m. until noon, according to the R.I. Democratic Party’s web site. Individual tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 401-277-2014. Reservations can be made at Julie@JackReed2014.com

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