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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Scott MacKay Commentary
4:18 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Scott MacKay Commentary: The Streetcar No One Desires

An artist rendering of the proposed Providence streetcar.

So Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza wants to build a trolley system. RIPR Political analyst Scott MacKay says this is a great idea, but can the city afford it?

Sure, it would  be wonderful to jump on a Providence  trolley system and ride from Brown University, down historic College Hill, to Rhode Island Hospital..

One can even imagine taking the trolley to a spanking new retro baseball stadium along the Providence River to watch the Boston Red Sox top minor league team.

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On Politics
3:31 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

The time for raking snow from the roof has given way to the delights of spring and inevitable complaints about heat and humidity. The General Assembly session is headed to busier times and other big issues are simmering. So thanks for stopping by. Feel free to drop me comments and tips at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters.

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On Politics
3:58 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

David Axelrod's Insights On Patrick Kennedy

David Axelrod’s fine and quite well-written new political memoir entitled `Believer: My Forty Years In Politics’ has some interesting insights on Patrick Kennedy’s early career, in which Axelrod had a role.

In 1994, Axelrod, who would later become Barack Obama’s political consigliere, was the media consultant for Kennedy’s first campaign for Congress in Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District. Kennedy, just 26, had served five years in the RI House of Representatives as a rep from Providence’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood.

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On Politics
3:22 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

RI Trade Unions Press Electric Boat Parent on Quonset Hiring

Electric Boat maintains a large facility at Quonset Point.
Credit RIPR file photo

Rhode Island’s building trades unions attended the annual shareholders’ meeting of General Dynamics to protest what the unions consider to be a lack of hiring union workers and Rhode Island military for jobs building the expansion project at the Electric Boat submarine-building venue at Quonset Point in North Kingstown.

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On Politics
4:38 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Raimondo Unsure If PawSox Deal Will Be Decided This Legislative Session

Governor Raimondo speaking Tuesday during a news conference in Warwick.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo said Tuesday she's unsure if the Pawtucket Red Sox proposal to move to Providence will be decided -- as the team's ownership hopes -- before the end of the General Assembly session.

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