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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Pre-2013 archives of the On Politics​ blog can be found here.

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Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty is expected to introduce a resolution Tuesday evening in support of the city's attempt to recruit the Pawtucket Red Sox from Rhode Island. 

Blink a few times and fall will be here before we know it -- right? -- so enjoy summer while you can. Meanwhile, 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 Islanders seem to enjoy, or take perverse glee, in running down their state, especially the government. But a new study from the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation shows the Ocean State a national leader in ACA health care. It turns out that of the 20 states and the District of Columbia, where preliminary 2018 premiums and insurer information are available, premiums in the individual markets will rise in every one –except Rhode Island.

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This summer, there was good news and bad news for public employees.  RI Gov. Gina Raimondo vetoed legislation that would have kept their labor contracts in effect while a new contract is under negotiation.  But the governor allowed a measure to make it easier for police and firefighters to get tax-free disability pensions. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says Raimondo may have gotten her priorities wrong on these bills.  


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U.S. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, is calling President Donald Trump’s response to North Korea’s nuclear threat ”not helpful.”

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A lawsuit filed by the Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU charges that the Pawtucket Police Department is violating the state's open records law by choosing not to release internal affairs reports on officer-initiated complaints.

Your humble correspondent never expected to be in the Statehouse for a budget vote in August. Then again, Rhody politics is full of surprises, right? 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.

Rhode Island Public Radio has hired Lynn Arditi, a longtime award-winning reporter at The Providence Journal, as the station's new health reporter. She starts in the new role August 15.

Arditi joins RIPR after more than three decades as a reporter, including 28 years at the ProJo, where she has covered a variety of beats, most recently health care.

Governor Gina Raimondo has a campaign balance of more than $2.6 million at the end of the second quarter of 2017.

That dwarfs the $180,000 balance held by Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, Raimondo's Republican rival from 2014.

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The Rhode Island House of Representatives and the Senate announced Monday they have reached an agreement to end a month-long impasse over the budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

The calendar keeps zipping along, with August coming up fast. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Charlie Baker, a Republican in Democratic Massachusetts, is a popular governor.  Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat in a Democratic state, has just middling approval ratings.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay contrasts the political fortunes of these two New England governors. 


Following a series of talks between House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, the month-long Rhode Island budget impasse may come to a conclusion next week.

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Governor Gina Raimondo ramped up attention on Rhode Island's month-old budget impasse by meeting Thursday with more than 24 city and town leaders.

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