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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The House Finance Committee on Tuesday began four days of hearings on the more than $11 million in community service grants being distributed by the state this year.

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State Representative Karen MacBeth (R-Cumberland), who vowed to be a voice for the concerns of everyday Rhode Islanders while running in Rhode Island's First Congressional District, has decided to end her campaign.

Mid-May and the political kettle keeps bubbling. 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.

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Another week of turmoil in Rhode Island over government grants to non-profit groups. 

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A new survey of the nation's governors has a troubling finding for Governor Gina Raimondo: her disapproval rating (53 percent) is 12 points higher than her 41 percent approval rating.

Morning Consult said it surveyed more than 66,000 voters in all 50 states from January until early May to develop its results. Five percent of respondents were undecided about Raimondo, and the survey has a margin of error of 5.7 percentage points.

The Rhode Island Genealogical Society is honoring Paul Campbell, the former Providence city archivist who was fired in December, 2015 by the city council.

Campbell, who is also a noted Rhode Island historian, will receive an award for ``exemplary service to Rhode Island Genealogy by a public employee,’’ the society said in a news release.

The society called Campbell’s abrupt firing an `unwarranted dismissal’ that ``has come as a severe blow to Rhode Island researchers everywhere.’’

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One week after the resignation of a key lawmaker, House and Senate leaders on Tuesday put their combined support behind a proposal to strengthen the state Ethics Commission and its oversight of the legislature.

Diocese of Providence

Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, citing church teachings, has written a column opposing legalization of marijuana.  It is entitled `Nope to Dope.’

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Governor Gina Raimondo said the General Assembly's process for providing almost $14 million in grants needs to be changed to increase transparency and accountability.

Gov. Gina Raimondo has tapped eight Rhode Island lawyers for judgeships on the Superior, Family, District and Workers’ Comp courts. The names will be submitted to the state Senate this week for confirmation.

Maureen Keough, who has been deputy chief of the criminal division at the attorney general’s office, has been nominated to fill an opening on Superior Court. 

Just another quiet week in Rhode Island, right? 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.

RIPR FILE

Once again, a Rhode Island lawmaker has resigned from his post after announcing a police investigation.  RIPR Political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts on House Finance Chairman Ray Gallison’s abrupt departure from Smith Hill. 

About 700 unionized Rhode Island Verizon workers involved in a labor dispute with the company have been ruled eligible for unemployment compensation by Scott Jensen, director of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training.

In a decision mailed to workers and Verizon officials yesterday, Jensen ruled that the labor dispute is a lockout by the company, rather than a strike. Rhode Island has not allowed strikers to collect unemployment benefits since the 1980s, but workers involved in lockouts are eligible to collect, according to Michael Healey, DLT Spokesman.

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