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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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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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On Politics
2:08 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Central Falls Moves Forward on Ethics; Senate Compromise on Ethics Commission Remains Elusive

Diossa pledged as a candidate to bolster ethics in Central Falls.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The tiny city of Central Falls  is moving ahead Thursday evening with what is considered one of the toughest ethics reforms for a small municipality in the country,  even as efforts to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of the General Assembly continue to languish.

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On Politics
5:08 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Raimondo bringing in experienced campaign veteran as chief of staff

Gina Raimondo
Credit RIPR file

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo is hiring Andrew Roos, an experienced campaign operative who helmed Myrth York's 2002 gubernatorial general election campaign, as her chief of staff, RIPR has learned. The move is the latest signal that Raimondo is very likely to run for governor in 2014.

Raimondo's chief of staff since 2011, Joe Pratt, will reportedly get a different job within her office.

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On Politics
10:28 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Brown's Paxson, ProJo's Sutton Among Business Coalition Backing Same-Sex Marriage

Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, the coalition pushing for the state Senate to pass same-sex marriage, has unveiled a new group, Rhode Island Business Leaders for Marriage Equality, whose prominent members include Brown University President Christina Paxson (not yet listed on the Web site) and Providence Journal publisher Howard Sutton.

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On Politics
5:06 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Reed + Whitehouse well-positioned to gain Senate seniority

With a wave of departures in the US Senate, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are positioned to expand their seniority -- a potent coin of the realm in Congress.

Aaron Blake reports at The Fix on the turnover:

Currently, 24 senators have called it quits between 2010 and today — just three less than the previous high of 27 retirements between 1992 and 1996.

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On Politics
3:10 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Cyber-security comes of age as a media hot topic

Cyber-security -- a topic long championed by Congressman Jim Langevin -- has finally emerged as a bona fide hot topic.

Tech writer Arik Hesseldahl offers this overview Tuesday, in a piece ominously headlined, "Cyberwar with China is here, like it or not":

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On Politics
12:15 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Follies Tickets Still Available

If yesterday’s dress rehearsal is any indication, this year’s Providence Newspaper Guild Follies will be  the funniest in years!

The Follies, of course, is the original spoof in song, skit and stand-up comedy of all things Rhode Island, especially our state’s politicians. This year, among the stars will be Linc, Gina, Angel, Jack, Jim, Sheldon, Elizabeth and David!!

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On Politics
5:58 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Chafee raises $$ with Democratic support

Governor Lincoln Chafee tells anyone who will listen that he is running for reelection in 2014, despite poll numbers that show him lagging behind other aspirants, including Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo. Well, Chafee, an independent is getting back into the fund-raising game with a big-ticket fund-raiser in Washington D.C. on Feb. 25, when Chafee is scheduled to be in the nation’s capitol for the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.

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On Politics
5:05 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Cianci Redux?

F. Scott Fitzgerald said famously that there are no second acts in American life. The Jazz Age novelist never met Vincent A. ``Buddy’’ Cianci Jr.

Cianci, believe it or not, is said to be seriously thinking of making one last run for mayor of Providence, the office he left in disgrace in 2002. According to sources familiar with Cianci’s thinking, he would only run, obviously, if he thought he had a chance at regaining City Hall.

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