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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
9:44 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Almonte Shifts Gears to Run for Treasurer, not Governor

Former state auditor Ernest Almonte has made it official -- after announcing for governor last year and vowing to stay in the race, he's decided to run instead for state treasurer as a Democrat:

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On Politics
12:40 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Richard Walton: The Red Bandana Concert

Richard Walton was an unforgettable presence for decades in our cozy state. An activist, he was in the forefront of so many campaigns for social justice and peace during his 84 years on this earth that even his friends couldn’t do a full accounting. A graduate of Brown in the 1950s, at a time when most of his WASP classmates went into banking, law or joined the CIA, Richard took the path less traveled. He became a reporter for the Providence Journal, then worked in New York newspapering during the Golden Age of print journalism.

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On Politics
9:46 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Solomon, Capellan up with Campaign Web Sites for 2014

Two of the candidates hoping to succeed Angel Taveras as mayor of Providence have posted Web sites to offer visibility, attract supporters, and raise money.

Council President Michael Solomon's site is called Mike for Providence.

Capellan, an educator in Central Falls and veteran of Providence politics, is a bit more oblique with his eponymous site (although not so much with a background shot of the Providence skyline, including the now-vacant Superman Building).

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On Politics
11:41 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Rhode Island's big 350th charter celebration

Rhode Island hasn’t had enough to celebrate lately. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay brings us an anniversary all Rhode Islanders can take pride in next month.

Three hundred and fifty years ago, Rhode Island struck a blow that would reverberate around the globe when England granted the colony a charter that for the first time in the modern world put in place a government that granted absolute religious freedom to its people.

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On Politics
2:02 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Montalbano Nominated for Superior Court; Chafee Hands the Senate two Magistrate Vacancies

In a move that will be interpreted as a kiss to the leadership of the state Senate, Governor Lincoln Chafee on Friday unveiled his nomination of former Senate president Joseph Montalbano as a Superior Court judge. Chafee is also nominating Patricia Asquith as associate justice of the Family Court.

Via statement:

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On Politics
9:36 am
Thu May 9, 2013

de Ramel Formally Announces Run for Secretary of State

Guillaume de Ramel, who ran a competitive race for secretary of state in 2006 and whose interest in taking another shot was reported here last July, on Thursday formally announced plans for another campaign for secretary of state.

Via news release:

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On Politics
5:13 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

RWU kicks off 350th RI Colonial Charter Celebration

Roger Williams University kicks off the state celebration of the 350th anniversary of the Rhode Island Colonial Charter tomorrow with a panel discussion about the 1663 charter on campus.

Five members of Governor Lincoln Chafee’s Rhode Island 1663 Charter Commission will bring their perspectives to a discussion of the landmark document and how the ideas of Roger Williams influenced American constitutional development and indeed, resonate to the 21st century.

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On Politics
3:52 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

In Boon for Caprio, History Shows Rhode Island Voters are Forgiving

Former treasurer Frank Caprio continues his comeback tour with the obligatory denunciation of his "shove it" remark during the 2010 gubernatorial race, courtesy of a Wednesday column by ProJo political columnist Ed Fitzpatrick.

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On Politics
4:17 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

May Breakfast with Jack Reed and 1,000 of his friends

If ever there was a Rhode Island tradition that never wanes, it is `May Breakfast,’ that old fixture where church fellowship meets scrambled eggs, bacon and coffee. It has an old-timey feel, even when it resembles a political ``time’’ as any gathering of pols was once referred as, especially when the eats were accompanied by a campaign dollar or two.

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On Politics
9:48 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Driscoll heading to new gig, with Organizing for Action

Driscoll (second from right) confers with Bill Fischer during the final House vote on same-sex marriage.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Devin Driscoll, communications head for Rhode Islanders United for Marriage -- which led the grassroots campaign to legalize same-sex marriage -- is heading to a new job, as the Chicago-based Northeast regional director for Organizing for Action, the Democratic effort formerly known as Obama for America.

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