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
3:16 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

President Obama To Honor Super Bowl Champion Patriots

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The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will be honored at the White House by President Barack Obama on Thursday, April 23rd.

The White House said in a new release that the president will host the team at 2 p.m. to celebrate the Super Bowl XLIX victory.

``This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities,’’ stated the news release.

The president hosted s similar celebration for the Boston Red Sox after the team won the World Series in 2013.

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On Politics
3:05 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Organized Labor Supports New Paw Sox Stadium In Providence

Artist rendering of the proposed stadium from the street level.

One interest group that is already lining up support for a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium in Providence: Organized labor.

Scott Duhamel, secretary-treasurer of the Rhode Island Building Trades Council emerged from a press briefing this afternoon by James Skeffington, president of the team and quickly said the building trades unions are planning to be vocal backers of the deal.

``We are all in, 100 percent,’’ said Duhamel. ``This may end up being our number one legislative priority this year.’’

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On Politics
1:58 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

PawSox: Providence Ballpark Would Cost State About $2M Per Year

An artist rendering of the PawSox stadium in Providence.

The debate over the Pawtucket Red Sox and a public subsidy to help keep the team in Rhode Island began in earnest Wednesday as PawSox ownership unveiled their much-anticipated plan for a $70 million ballpark next to the Providence River. According to the proposal, a 30-year lease/sublease agreement would have a net cost to the state of about $2 million a year.

PawSox ownership said its proposal does not include issuing any bonds or public debt, and that the team will pay for the full cost of the design and construction of its envisioned 10,000 seat ballpark.

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On Politics
2:51 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Debra Messing, John Chan Win Trinity Rep Pell Awards

Debra Messing
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Debra Messing, the East-Greenwich raised actress known for her role in the ``Will and Grace’’ television sitcom and Woonsocket Jazz club owner John Chan will both be honored with Pell Awards at Trinity Reparatory Theater’s annual tribute to the arts and the memory of the late U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell.

The ceremonies are scheduled for June 15 at Trinity Rep, with a reception to follow at the nearby Providence Public Library.

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On Politics
4:08 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Skeffington to Unveil Details Wednesday on Proposed Providence Ballpark

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The waiting is almost over for details on the Providence ballpark envisioned by the new ownership of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Boston Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino was initially slated to join PawSox president James Skeffington for an unveiling of the team's ask Wednesday at 2 pm at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. Lucchino will instead be at Fenway Park for a 1 pm Red Sox game set to include an observation of the two-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.

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