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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
4:37 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

TGIF: 22 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

It's a time of transition, in the weather, the political landscape (item #1), and the media (#5), so thanks for stopping by for my Friday column. Your thoughts and tips are always welcome, and you can follow me all week long on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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10:56 am
Fri March 14, 2014

A win over Seton Hall tonight will mean NCAA bid for Providence College

The excitement in these parts around Providence College basketball is back, arguably for the first time since the late 1990s. The Friar hoopsters are in the Big East semi-finals for the first time since 1997 by virtue of yesterday’s 79-74 win over St. John’s.

PC was able to withstand a furious run at the end by St. John’s to win on what is virtually the St. John’s home court at Madison Square Garden. This has been a remarkable team coached by Ed Cooley that has overcome all sorts of obstacles, including the loss of crucial players and injuries.

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On Politics
4:50 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Raimondo & Taveras Spar on Point Judith Disclosure Issue

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras continue to scrap over the unwillingness of Point Judith Capital, the venture capital firm Raimondo founded, to disclose details of a limited partnership agreement it made with the City of Providence.

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On Politics
2:52 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Clay Pell wins nurses' union support

Clay Pell’s campaign, which is in need of some good tidings after a run of `Hey Dude Where’s My Cah’ coverage, has gotten the endorsement of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals, a nod that Democratic politicians covet.

``Rhode Island desperately needs principled and dynamic leadership to get our state moving in the right direction again. Clay represents our best opportunity for a new beginning and a clean break away from the same old politics that have left far too many Rhode Islanders without hope,’’ said Linda McDonald, a registered nurse who is president of UNAP.

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On Politics
5:31 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Time for Clay Pell to Step Away from The Car

Whither Clay Pell’s campaign for governor? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts.

How do you know your campaign is in trouble: When your car is getting more attention than your ideas.

That’s what’s happening to the infant campaign of Clay Pell, who would like to be our next governor.

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On Politics
5:19 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Pell Calls for Raising Minimum Wage, Effective July 1

While fellow Democrats Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo support raising the minimum wage, Clay Pell is upping the ante by calling for pushing the wage to $10.10, effective July 1.

In letters to legislative leaders, Pell also called for annual adjustments to the wage based on the Consumer Price Index.

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On Politics
4:05 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Ex-Rep Peter Petrarca Set to Lobby for Auto Body Association of RI

Former five-term state representative Peter Petrarca, whose ties to the auto body industry emerged as issue during his 2012 re-election campaign, has registered to lobby at the General Assembly this session for the Auto Body Association of Rhode Island.

Although Petrarca doesn't yet show up on the state's lobbyist registration system, the Secretary of State's office and Petrarca confirm he has registered to lobby for ABARI through his firm, Orion Consulting.

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On Politics
4:34 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Bruce DeSilva's latest Rhode Island-based novel: `Providence Rag'

Rhode Island’s great exports may be political consultants, musicians and seafood. Add to that list Bruce DeSilva, author of three mystery novels set in Rhode Island. The thirds in this trilogy, `Providence Rag’, hits the bookstores tomorrow.

It is a gem that perfectly captures our cozy, claustrophobic state and its florid political culture. De Silva, a former Providence Journal reporter, now lives in New Jersey, but with this novel, his third set in the Ocean State, it is becoming clear that he is to Providence what James Lee Burke is to New Orleans.

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On Politics
1:33 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Taveras Unveils Plan to Match Unemployed With Job Skills

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras on Tuesday unveiled a plan to help provide unemployed Rhode Islanders with the skills needed to find jobs. 

Taveras says even though tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders are out of work, Rhode Island lacks a comprehensive job training program. If elected governor, he says he’d implement an initiative so that unemployed residents obtain the right skills through CCRI to get hired.

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On Politics
2:04 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Clinton Fundraiser for Magaziner Set for Tuesday in NYC

As we previously reported, former president Bill Clinton will headline a New York City fundraiser Tuesday evening for Seth Magaziner, one of three Democrats running to be Rhode Island's next general treasurer.

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