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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
3:57 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

The Chafee pay raise proposal

Governor Chafee has proposed rewarding top state officials with pay raises. RIPR analyst Scott MacKay parses the pros and cons of   the governor’s plan.

Governor Lincoln Chafee says his cabinet members have been doing a good job and deserve raises of three percent in June and another three percent in December. It’s no surprise that the governor has been roundly criticized and not just by the talk radio peanut gallery.

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On Politics
2:19 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Narragansett Police say Michael Riley Touted his Run for Congress During Arrest

Michael Riley, the investment manager who ran a losing Republican campaign last year against Congressman Jim Langevin, was arrested in Narragansett early Wednesday and charge with resisting arrest, operating under the influence of alcohol, and refusing to take a chemical test.

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On Politics
12:07 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

David Cicilline likes Gordon Fox for Mayor of Providence

Congressman David Cicilline thinks House Speaker Gordon Fox, his friend and political ally,  could do a "terrific" job as the mayor of Providence, if Angel Taveras seeks a different office next year.

During a taping of RIPR's Political Roundtable, Cicilline was asked about indications  he's been urging Fox to run for City Hall. (The segment airs Friday at 5:40 and 7:40 am.) Here's Cicilline's initial response:

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On Politics
10:46 am
Thu April 4, 2013

More changes at ProJo as Paul Tooher retires

More changes at the Providence Journal as Paul Tooher, the night managing editor, retires. There is an old newspaper chestnut that every young reporter learns quickly: There is always somebody in the newsroom smarter than you are. The other is if your mother tells you she loves you check it out.

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On Politics
4:17 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Changing of the Guard: ProJo Executive Editor Heslin retiring

Tom Heslin, who oversaw the Providence Journal's Pulitzer-prize winning probe of the state court system in the 1990s, is retiring later this month as executive editor, the paper reports. The move comes after a long and distinguished career encompassing the Journal's glory days.

Heslin, 62, had been on an extended leave of absence for health reasons.

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On Politics
3:06 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Change coming to Providence Journal Editorial Page

Bob Whitcomb, the ProJo’s witty and intellectual editorial page editor, who is 65, will be stepping down in at  the usual  retirement age for top executives at the newspaper.

Whitcomb does a fine job for many reasons, not the least of which is the wide variety of opinion and subjects that grace the editorial and op-ed pages every day. He is one of those rare ProJo people with a wide background in newspaper editing and reporting; he even served as an editor in Paris with the International Herald Tribune.

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On Politics
2:37 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Avedisian: Turn old Potowomut School into a Fire station

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian today announced that he is moving ahead with plans to renovate the closed Potowomut Elementary School into a fire station to serve the neighborhood.

Avedisian said in a news release that he will ask the city council to use $2 million in bonds for the renovation. The mayor said putting a fire facility in the old school would allow Warwick to end its fire service agreement with the East Greenwich Fire District, which would save Warwick the annual $350,000 payment to East Greenwich.

On Politics
7:42 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Block Says Master Lever Critics Will Raise Focus on Fox, Paiva Weed

John Marion of Common Cause of Rhode Island uses a prop to argue against straight-ticket voting, as Senator Lou Raptakis looks on.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The leader of efforts to kill straight-ticket voting, Moderate Party founder Ken Block, says opponents of the master lever plan to raise their focus on winning support from House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.

“It’s up to the speaker and the Senate president to bring those bills up for a vote in committee to get them to the floor, and now the public pressure begins to mount on both of those offices to do that," Block says. "We’ll be pushing on that very hard over the next month, month and a half.”

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On Politics
2:21 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Hyers Running Campaign in Fierce New Jersey State Senate Race

Eric Hyers, who ran Congressman David Cicilline's winning campaigns for Congress in 2010 and 2012, is now leading the defense for a New Jersey legislative leader facing a sharp primary challenge.

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On Politics
12:51 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Execs with ProJo parent prospering despite shaky media landscape

Ernest Hemingway's storied retort to F. Scott Fitzgerald about why the rich are different -- because they have more money -- comes to mind in surveying some news involving the Providence Journal.

As Ted Nesi notes, executives with ProJo parent A.H. Belo are hardly suffering amid the ongoing certainty facing the newspaper industry:

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