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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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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On Politics
4:22 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

RI Gas Tax to Inch Up 1-cent in July

Rhode Island motorists will see a small increase of one-cent in the gasoline tax on July 1, 2015 to account for inflation, according to the state Department of Revenue.

This tax, known commonly as the state "gas tax" will increase from 32 to 33 cents per gallon, based on calculations from the state Division of Taxation. This adjustment is required under state law.

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On Politics
3:30 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Raimondo, Mattiello Rally Behind Shekarchi's Job Development-Tax Credit Bill

Shekarchi (left) with James Sheehan, the Senate sponsor of his job development-tax credit bill.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo and House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello cited a message of collaboration as they lent their support Tuesday to a job development-tax credit bill sponsored by state Representative Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick).

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