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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
5:16 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Where the R.I. governor race will be won/lost

Latest talk among Democratic operatives: Optimism about Elorza in Providence, worry about Raimondo in governor's race. If she loses there will be lots of second-guessing her general election campaign.

The Rhode Island gubernatorial election between Democrat Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung has become much closer than anyone thought even a month ago. Raimondo’s lackluster general election campaign, which followed a very well done primary effort, is surely part of her problem.

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On Politics
6:03 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

TGIF: 18 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

It's almost all over but the crying. After years of run-up, Rhode Island's 2014 election is at hand. So thanks for stopping by, and feel free to drop me a line (idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org) and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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On Politics
2:58 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Slinging Mud All The Way To Election Day

As election day approaches, the campaigns have been getting more and more negative, including in the gubernatorial race between Democrat Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung.
Credit RIPR FILE

Why have political campaigns become so relentlessly negative? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it reflects the cynicism of the times and the way political money is raised and spent.

Click the television remote as many times as you like but don’t expect to escape the nasty political spots running nonstop until the polls close tomorrow. Hike to the mailbox and you’re greeted by an avalanche of political flyers spreading dirt on one politician or another. Ditto for the Internet.

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On Politics
2:10 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

In Visit At RIC, President Obama Calls for Efforts to Boost Women

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

During a Friday morning speech at Rhode Island College, President Obama touted economic improvements during his administration and called for enhanced efforts to help women at home and in the workplace. The president didn't mention Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo during his speech, although he did treat her to lunch afterward at the Gregg's restaurant on North Main Street in Providence.

Obama began with some Halloween-related humor and a recognition of Rhode Island's congressional delegation before pointing to a series of economic indicators:

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On Politics
4:58 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

President Obama To Tout Stellar GDP Growth In RIC Speech

The Presidential motorcade sits outside the Omni hotel in downtown Providence. President Barack Obama speaks at Rhode Island College Friday morning.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

When he visits Rhode Island Friday, President Barack Obama will speak about the improving national economy and the latest Gross Domestic Product data that was released today by the federal government.

Obama is scheduled to arrive at Green State Airport  this evening and stay overnight in Providence. While the White House is not disclosing where the president will stay, sources in Providence say it will be the Omni Hotel downtown, which is attached to the Rhode Island Convention Center.

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On Politics
2:43 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Fung has campaign finance edge as election day nears

As the hours dwindle until next Tuesday, Republican Allan Fung has a significant edge in campaign money over Democrat Gina Raimondo in the Rhode Island gubernatorial campaign.

Reports filed with the state Board of Elections show that Fung has about $270,000 remaining in his campaign account, while Raimondo’s campaign chest has only about $32,000. Moderate Party candidate Robert Healey, the third candidate in the race to succeed Lincoln Chafee as governor, has not solicited campaign contributions.

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On Politics
12:25 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Latest Brown Poll Shows Dead Heat for Fung and Raimondo

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stumps for Republican Allan Fung in Providence.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A week after issuing a poll showing an 11-point lead for Democrat Gina Raimondo, Brown University's Taubman Center is out with a new poll showing a statistical dead heat between Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung.

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On Politics
5:12 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

New Anti-Jorge Elorza PAC Launched From South County

A new political action committee has formed out of South County against Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The latest twist in a Providence mayoral campaign that has seen as many as hula-hoop contest:  A new anti-Jorge Elorza independent expenditure political action committee financed by Morris Flancbaum.

In documents filed with the Rhode Island Board of Elections, the new pac, named the ``Committee for Safer Neighborhoods and Lower Taxes’’ reports a $38,648 television advertising buy with Cox Cable.

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On Politics
4:06 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Men Collecting Mail Ballots At Crossroads Shelter Were Providence Cops

A spokeswoman for Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare has confirmed that two men who collected mail ballots for mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci at the Crossroads homeless shelter last week were off-duty city police officers.

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On Politics
1:03 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama comes to R.I.

Tickets are available for First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign visit to Rhode Island on Thursday, October 30. She will be speaking at the Juanita Sanchez  Educational Complex Thursday afternoon. The venue is at 182 Thurbers Avenue in Providence.

The First Lady will speaking at a Get Out the Vote Rally to support Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo.

Tickets can be obtained between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. from Monday, Oct. 27, through Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the following locations:

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