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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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello announced Tuesday the selection of Danica Iacoi, general counsel for the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety since 2011, as his new chief legal counsel.

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Former U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha announced Tuesday his Democrat campaign to become Rhode Island's next attorney general, vowing to focus in part on prosecuting corruption and standing up to the Trump administration on certain issues.

Legislation to rename Magee Street in Providence’s College Hill neighborhood to Bannister Street has been introduced by City Councilman Sam Zurier, a Democrat who represents the neighborhood.

The measure would change the street named for 19th century Providence slave trader William Fairchild Magee to one honoring two of that era’s leading African-American citizens – Christiana and Edward Bannister.

Christiana Bannister was a business leader and philanthropist and Edward was a celebrated painter.

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Conor S. O’Donnell, a detective with the Rhode Island State Police and a six-year veteran of the force, was among thousands of country music fans at the Las Vegas concert where a gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing at least 58 people and injuring hundreds more.

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State Sen. Josh Miller, D-Cranston said Sunday he is a candidate for Democratic National Committeeman. Miller’s candidacy would be a challenge to former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino Jr., who has announced he wants to fill the vacancy created by the recent death of Committeeman Frank Montanaro Sr., the former chairman of the state AFL-CIO.

Rhode Island inexorably moves toward a fresh campaign season as we leave summer behind. So thanks for stopping by. 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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Audiences have been watching Ken Burns' Vietnam War documentary on PBS. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has been watching too, and this week he explores the complex question of what American war policy would have been without the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


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Rick Pitino, the celebrated college basketball coach who led the Providence College Friars to the team’s last Final Four appearance in 1987, was fired as coach of the University of Louisville after an FBI investigation into a scandal surrounding the team.

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Supporters and opponents of using public borrowing to help build a new PawSox stadium squared off Tuesday night at Tolman High School in Pawtucket.

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Peter F. Neronha of Jamestown, the former U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island, will announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Rhode Island attorney general.  Neronha, a Jamestown native and Democrat, will make his announcement on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Jamestown ferry landing.

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More than 1,400 Rhode Island students have enrolled at the Community College of Rhode Island through a new program that gives students two years tuition-free at the state’s only public junior college.

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Rhode Island political and business officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for the Wexford Innovation Complex, the first major development in the I-195 District, and expressed optimism that the project will prove to be an economic catalyst.

Nothing like a long afternoon-into-night at the Rhode Island Statehouse to add a dash of September excitement, right? We've got it all covered, 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.

UPDATE: Services for Judge Stone:

Calling hours, Wednesday October 4 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Perry-McStay Funeral Home in East Providence.

Memorial Service: Thursday October 5 at 6 p.m. at Sayles Hall at Brown University.

Burial: Friday October 6 at 11 a.m. at Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter, RI.

Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Walter R. Stone of Bristol, a civil rights activist and one of Rhode Island’s top trial lawyers before his elevation to Superior Court, where he served as one of the very few African-American judges in the state, died today in a Newport hospice after a long illness. He was 73.

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Political scientists recall a time when elected officials campaigned for office, then laid off the political pitches while they governed. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay says those days are long gone.  

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