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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Hundreds of people came to the Rhode Island Statehouse Tuesday to testify for and against a series of gun-related bills.

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A poll released Monday by WPRI-TV, Channel 12, shows Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and one of the Republicans seeking to challenge her, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, in a statistical dead heat.

Former Rhode Island State Rep. Peter Palumbo, a Cranston Democrat, in plea deal with the attorney general’s office in a campaign finance case, has been found guilty of unlawful appropriation of more than $1,000 from his campaign fund, sentenced to probation and ordered pay restitution.

March is here, along with a new activist movement influencing the gun debate in Rhode Island. 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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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is facing criticism from his rivals in the gubernatorial race for taking too long to share his views with voters.

Fung announced his latest run for governor last October.

But his campaign has declined to answer some policy questions from some news organizations, including Rhode Island Public Radio.

Cano for Senate

Pawtucket City Councilor Sandra Cano scored a deeisive victory on the Democratic side of a primary Tuesday to fill a vacant state Senate seat, while Republican Nathan Luciano prevailed on the GOP side of the race.

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The mass shootings that have punctuated America life in recent history linger as milestones in the mind of Adah Bryan, a freshman at Classical High School in Providence.

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The Rhode Island Ethics Commission voted Tuesday to dismiss an ethics complaint filed against Gov. Gina Raimondo by state Republican Chairman Brandon Bell.

The fallout from two significant events will remain in the air when Rhode Island lawmakers return from their mid-winter break next week. With that in mind, 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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Rhode Island state and local government have grappled with police and firefighter disability pensions for many years.  Now, as RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains, two recent  Rhode Island Supreme Court have gone against police and firefighters. 


Scott Molloy, an emeritus professor at the University of Rhode Island, historian of all things Irish, author   and former Rhode Island labor leader, will lead the Providence St. Patrick’s Day parade as grand marshal.

Molloy was a longtime professor of labor and industrial relations at URI’s Schmidt Labor Research Center and has done voluminous research and written extensively about the Irish immigrant experience in the United States, and particularly Rhode Island.

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A majority of University of Rhode Island students, faculty and staff support making the Kingston campus free of tobacco and electronic nicotine products.

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In an unprecedented move, the Rhode Island Senate has scheduled an expulsion vote for Sen. Nicholas Kettle (R-Coventry), who is accused of video voyeurism and extorting sex from a male Senate page in 2011.

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With a campaign message challenging the status quo, Rhode Island Sen. Nicholas Kettle welcomed the attempt to bolster the state GOP's perennial uphill fight against the Democrats who run the General Assembly.

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