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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
12:18 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Doherty Dismisses AG Run in 2014; Expects to Decide on Gov within 2 Months

Doherty campaigning in 2012.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Brendan Doherty says he has "absolutely, positively no intention" of running as a Republican candidate for attorney general in 2014, although he's still considering a campaign for governor.

Some Republicans hope that Doherty, the former superintendent of the state police, would represent the GOP as an alternative to Democratic AG Peter Kilmartin in next year's race for attorney general. But Doherty sounds distinctly uninterested in the idea.

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On Politics
5:04 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Senate bill in play to subject same-sex marriage to a statewide referendum

A state Senate bill being filed Wednesday by Senator Frank Ciccone (D-Providence) calls for a statewide referendum to offer an up or down vote on same-sex marriage.

The bill is cosponsored by 10 other senators: Lou DiPalma (D-Middletown0; Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio; William Walaska (D-Warwick); Nicholas Kettle (R-Coventry); James Doyle (D-Pawtucket); Lou Raptakis (D-Coventry); Judiciary Chairman Michael McCaffrey (D-Warwick); Frank Lombardi (D-Cranston); Walter Felag (D-Warren); and David Bates (R-Barrington).

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On Politics
4:13 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

One week, two different leadership styles from Chafee and Paiva Weed

The timing was purely coincidental, but it's hard to imagine a sharper contrast in leadership styles than what Rhode Island saw this week from Governor Lincoln Chafee and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.

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On Politics
9:41 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Taveras, Providence win big national contest for $5 million innovation grant

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has some great news to announce today: Providence city government has won a $5million grant from the Bloomberg  Philanthropies for a program known as the `Mayors Challenge.’

Taveras has won some love from the New York Times for the grant that is administered by the foundation established by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, which oversaw the contest.

The Times says that four other cities, Houston, Chicago, Santa Monica, California and Philadelphia, were finalists. More than 300 cities competed for the innovation grant.

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On Politics
2:38 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Can RI Elect Some Blue-Collar People to Congress? Part II

Former RI congressman Eddie Beard got held up last October as an example of something quite rare -- a blue-collar worker who went on to serve in the hallowed halls of the nation's capital.

If you want a sense of why this situation persists, consider the latest breakdown by the watchdog group MapLight of how much it cost to win a seat in Congress in 2012:

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On Politics
5:14 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

EMILY's List Prez says Raimondo "Is Going to Jump In and Run"

While state Treasurer Gina Raimondo remains publicly undecided on a run for governor next year, the president of a top national fundraising organization for women candidates has no doubts.

"Gina Raimondo is going to jump in and run," Stephanie Schriock, the president of EMILY's List, tells Hotline on Call, a DC publication.

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On Politics
5:09 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Small state advantage: U.S. Senate

The NY Times has a trenchant piece by Adam Liptak today on the outsize clout that small states have in the U.S. Senate. This will come as no surprise to political junkies and constitutional scholar types, but more casual observers of   Congressional politics may be surprised to learn just how much better off small states are in the U.S. Senate, where each state is represented by a pair of senators, regardless of population.

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On Politics
3:13 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Chafee Explains Himself on the Non-Release of Ken Block's Waste and Fraud Report

Searching for waste and fraud in government would seem to be a win-win for a governor. Yet Lincoln Chafee has received the brunt of a critical backlash by declining to make public Ken Block's report on that subject. In an effort to explain himself, Chafee has released this statement:

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On Politics
4:59 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s older population is on the rise, and in 20 years a quarter of the state’s population will be older than 60. All this week, we’re looking at the state’s older residents in a series we’re calling “The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island.” RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay helps us kick off our series with a look at what this growing older population means for younger residents.

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On Politics
4:21 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About RI Politics + Media

Welcome back to my weekly column. As always, your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's get to the list.

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