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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
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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On Politics
4:22 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

TGIF: 14 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

May rolls in with history being made in Rhode Island. Welcome back to my weekly column. As always, your thoughts and tips are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's head in:

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On Politics
3:45 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Can RI keep Superman Building from going dark?

Providence already has too many underused office buildings. RI political analyst Scott MacKay on what can be done to prevent the Superman building from going dark.

Maybe you were driving home from a night Celtics, Bruins or Red Sox game. Or perhaps you visited friends in Boston or were returning from summer vacation on a lake in Vermont or New Hampshire.

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On Politics
7:49 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

After 16-Year Fight, Rhode Island Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Governor Lincoln Chafee presents Rhode Island's new same-sex marriage law to openly gay lawmakers, House Speaker Gordon Fox and state Senator Donna Nesselbush
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

To the delight of a crowd of hundreds of people in front of the Statehouse, Governor Lincoln Chafee on Thursday evening signed into law legislation making Rhode Island the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Two companion bills forming the basis for the law sped through the General Assembly in recent weeks, in sharp contrast to how the issue of same-sex marriage languished for the preceding 16 years.

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On Politics
2:25 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Bill-Signing Marks a Bright Day for Lincoln Chafee

Chafee visiting with centenarians Thursday in advance of his big moment
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Governor Lincoln Chafee has faced more than his share of stormy political weather since squeaking his way into office in November 2010, with less than 40 percent of the statewide vote.

The state's disastrous investment in 38 Studios blew up on his watch. Unemployment, even with recent declines, has remained high. Chafee has suffered his own self-inflicted wounds, and his persistently sub-30 percent approval rating leaves open the possibility that he could be a one-term governor.

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On Politics
10:24 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Fox Foe Mark Binder Announces New Challenge to the Speaker

We're 18 months out from the November 2014 election, but that's not stopping Mark Binder from announcing on Thursday another legislative challenge to House Speaker Gordon Fox.

Via news release:

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On Politics
2:17 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Are Rhode Island's Openly Gay Lawmakers Hearing Wedding Bells?

Speaker Fox with his parner, Marcus LaFond (center), during Fox's most recent swearing-in, in January
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

After helping to shepherd same-sex marriage legislation on what once seemed an improbable path to victory, House Speaker Gordon Fox was a bit surprised Tuesday to be asked about his own wedding plans.

"I'm just trying to plan to get through this session," Fox said, laughing, when asked if he has plans to marry later this year. "That's a curve ball. I hadn't though about that one. Maybe you should ask my partner that."

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On Politics
2:03 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Council President Mike Solomon serious about mayoral run

If Providence City Council President Mike Solomon doesn’t win an expected Democratic primary for mayor in 2014, it won’t be for lack of trying.

Solomon has worked in synch with Mayor Angel Taveras, who is widely expected to run for the Democratic nomination for governor.  Solomon, has arguably been the most effective council president since Elmwood's Nick Easton, who held the post under Mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr., in the mid-1980s.

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