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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U.S. Sen. Jack Reed stopped by our studio recently to discuss the early months of the Trump administration, including the impact of judicial nominees, the outlook for the GOP healthcare plan, and the next step in examining Russian influence in the US presidential election last year.

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With six councilors absent, the Providence City Council on Monday voted, 9-0, to schedule a May 2 recall election of Ward 3 Councilor Kevin Jackson.

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The Providence College and University of Rhode Island men’s basketball teams have given fans much to cheer about this season. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that these two gems of Rhode Island higher education are celebrating more important milestones this year.  

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U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha is among the Obama-era federal prosecutors who stepped down Friday following a request from the Trump administration.

Lots of sharp elbows and ill feeling in Rhode Island this week. We'll delve deeper, 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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Ray Gallison, the once-powerful chairman of the House Finance Committee, formally pleaded guilty Thursday to nine federal charges, after a judge told him he faces a maximum prison sentence of 111 years.

Investigators announced in January that Gallison would plead guilty to charges he had enriched himself by preying on others, including a disabled person and a deceased friend.

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The chairman of the Providence Republican City Committee was removed from his post yesterday after his arrest on child molestation charges.

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State Police Col. Ann Assumpico expressed dissatisfaction Wednesday with how parts of the 38 Studios investigation were conducted.

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The Conservation Law Foundation is suing in an attempt to block Johnston from reselling water for Invenergy's proposed Burrillville power plant.

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Rhode Island’s two U.S. Senators, Democrats Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, both denounced President Trump’s revised executive order banning immigration and travel from six Muslim majority countries.

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Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has filed an objection in Rhode Island Superior Court to Gov. Gina Raimondo’s legal petition to release the grand jury records from the state police 38 Studios case. Kilmartin’s objection did not include his reasoning for blocking release of the grand jury files, which Raimondo has sought to open up.

March bursts upon the scene with a blast of cold air, as lawmakers return to Smith Hill and the political pot keeps bubbling. Thanks for stopping by for my weekend 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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38 Studios is the Rhode Island scandal that just won’t go away. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders how the state can put this mess in the rear-view mirror.

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A police investigation in Cranston has revealed irregularities with eight votes in last November’s election.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said the irregularities include a few duplicate votes and possible voting by non-US citizens. Fung said the irregularities are serious, even if the eight votes did not decide the outcome of any political races.

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Acclaimed actress Jessica Lange will be honored by Trinity Repertory Company with the 2017 Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts at the 21st annual Pell Awards Gala to be held on Monday, May 22 at the new WaterFire Arts Center in Providence.

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