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
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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On Politics
10:45 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Field for Mayor of Providence in 2014 starting to take shape

Educator Victor Capellan, a veteran of Latino politics in Rhode Island, says he plans to run for mayor of Providence in 2014 if Angel Taveras seeks a different office.

Taveras, like state Treasurer Gina Raimondo, is widely expected to run for governor. Independent Governor Lincoln Chafee plans to seek re-election; the only other declared candidate at this point is former state auditor Ernest Almonte, a Democrat.

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On Politics
5:34 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Reed poised to chair Senate Armed Services Committee in 2015

Barring a Republican takeover of the US Senate, Senator Jack Reed is poised to take over the chairmanship in 2015 of the Senate Armed Services Committee. That's due to just-announced plans by the current chair, Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, to not seek re-election next year.

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On Politics
4:25 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

RI Jobless Rate Drops Slightly

In a sign that Rhode Island finally, albeit slowly, is emerging from the recession, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped slightly in January to 9.8 percent, from 9.9 percent in December.

The good news is that January represented the third consecutive month of job growth in the state. Hiring was led by the retail and restaurant industries. The jobless rate has dropped considerably since the high of 11.9 percent in January, 2010.

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On Politics
2:56 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Woonsocket Council Prez Ward Concerned About Possible Tax Hit for CVS

Woonsocket City Council President John Ward is concerned that jobs provided by CVS Caremark Corporation could vanish if the company loses a big chunk of a state tax credit.

"Based on their reaction, I'm a little concerned," Ward said, referring to how CVS lobbyist Robert Goldberg said the company may reconsider its ties to Rhode Island if it loses part of a job development tax credit worth about $15 million a year.

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On Politics
12:01 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Is There a Political Cost For Voting for Same-Sex Marriage?

As the wait continues for the Senate Judiciary Committee to take up a same-sex marriage bill, supporters and opponents are continuing grassroots campaigns trumpeting their point of view. One of their points of contention is whether there's a political cost for lawmakers  for lawmakers who vote in support of same-sex marriage.

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On Politics
11:41 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Tax debate heats up in Rhode Island as some push for a "game-changer"

The debate over tax policy is heating up as the House Finance Committee gets set to hear testimony Wednesday on Governor Lincoln Chafee's proposed cut to the corporate tax.

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On Politics
4:47 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

RIPR's `On Politics' blog cited by Wash Post as one of nation's best

Not to brag or anything, but we must point out that our `On Politics’ blog has made the Washington Post’s annual list of best state-based political blogs in the United States. This is the second straight year `On Politics’ has been in such august company with blogs from all 50 states. We also should note that our friendly competition, Nesi’s Notes, the work of intrepid WPRI_TV blogger Ted Nesi, was the other Rhode Island blog to make the coveted list.  On Politics is co-authored by Ian Donnis, RIPR political reporter, and Scott MacKay, RIPR political analyst.

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On Politics
2:54 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Len Levin becomes new RI Supreme Court grammarian

Len Levin, a retired Providence Journal editor known for his meticulous work with reporters’ copy and a deep knowledge of all things Rhode Island, has been chosen as the Rhode Island Supreme Court’s new grammarian.

Levin, an extraordinarily literate and well-read person, replaces the late Joel Sekeres, also a retired ProJo editor and reporter who died recently. Levin will assume responsibility for parsing high court decisions for grammar errors.

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