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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
2:32 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Controversial Voter ID law Facing Changes -- and Maybe Repeal

Rhode Island's controversial Voter ID law -- which attracted a a lot of attention after it passed in 2011 -- could be headed for changes, including repeal.

A bill sponsored by Senator Gayle Goldin (D-Providence)  to repeal the law is set to be discussed during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing later today.

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On Politics
12:31 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Four key takeaways from the new Brown University poll

Brown University's new poll is full of findings that, on the surface, are familiar and not particularly surprising. Yet they do point to some larger messages:

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On Politics
9:11 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Brown poll shows strong support for Taveras, gay marriage

Brown University's public opinion poll is the latest opinion survey to show strong support for same-sex marriage in Rhode Island, the last New England state without legal sanction for gay marriages. The survey also shows that Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has the highest job approval rating of any major Rhode Island elected official: Here is the full poll:

On Politics
6:57 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Brown U. President Paxson weighs in on history

Brown University president Christina Paxson was part of an interesting forum in the Atlantic Monthly’s March edition. The question asked of a group of intellectuals and academic historians was: What day  most changed the course of history?

Ken Burns, the documentary film maker, said it was June 28, 1914, the day Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, which started World War I. Yale history professor Paul Kennedy said  it was the day Thomas Newcomen invented the steam engine.

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On Politics
3:28 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Woonsocket retirees being asked to accept concessions

Municipal retirees in Woonsocket are being asked Monday to accept pension and healthcare concessions as part of a five-year plan to improve the city's finances.

City Council President John Ward, a member of a state budget commission, says a freeze in 3 percent annual cost of living adjustments in Woonsocket's local pension plan is part of the proposal.

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On Politics
3:33 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

We remain stuck in the pit of winter, judging by the forecast for the latest in a string of storms. Yet things are already percolating for our next massive political season, so let's get to it. As always, your thoughts, tips, and reactions are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.

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On Politics
12:25 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Rhode Island's consolidation blues

RI State Capitol
Credit RIPR file

The high cost of local government in Rhode Island has forever been an issue. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why – even in a recession- our little state can’t make progress on consolidating municipal services.

It seemed like a smart and easy way for both Warwick and East Greenwich to save taxpayer money. In 2011, at the depth of the recession, leaders of the two communities got together to see if they could merge fire dispatch services in a way that would incorporate new technologies and save money.

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On Politics
12:10 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Jack Reed Cruises into 2014 in Enviable Shape

The informal launch of Senator Jack Reed's campaign for his fourth term is set to start  Sunday evening with a packed fundraiser at the Providence Biltmore.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Political Roundtable: The Station Anniversary, Raimondo's New Hire, and Dems Helping Chafee

Pablo Rodriguez.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Pablo Rodriguez joins the panel this week as we discuss the 10th anniversary of the Station fire disaster; why Rhode Island's Democratic congressman are helping independent Governor Lincoln Chafee stage a DC fundraiser; whether it's appropriate for Treasurer Gina Raimondo to hire a campaign operative as her chief of staff; and the local impact of the latest federal budget showdown.

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On Politics
5:06 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

ACLU Raps RI AGs on Open Records Prosecutions; Kilmartin Disagrees

A new report by the state chapter of the ACLU says Rhode Island's last three attorneys general -- Sheldon Whitehouse, Patrick Lynch, and Peter Kilmartin -- have prosecuted violations of the state's open records law less than four percent of the time from 1999 to last June.

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