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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
6:54 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Chafee Set to Sign Same-Sex Marriage Bills on Thursday

Judiciary chairwoman Edith Ajello instructs Kara Young to sit down during the committee meeting.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Lincoln Chafee, who emphasized same-sex marriage during his inaugural address on the south side of the Statehouse in 2011, is set to use the same location Thursday to sign same-sex marriage bills into law.

The signing ceremony is tentatively planned for 5:45 p.m. Thursday, after the House is expected to offer final passage of the legislation. Rhode Island will become the tenth US state to legalize same-sex marriage, and the last in New England to do so.

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On Politics
11:39 am
Tue April 30, 2013

ProJo continues to bleed readers

From the eagle eye of WPRI’s premier blogger, Ted Nesi, comes word that won’t surprise any regular reader of the Providence Journal, Rhode Island’s flagship newspaper. The once robust news outlet continues to hemorrhage readers, which inevitably leads to a drop in advertising as businesses find other ways to reach customers.

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On Politics
9:45 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Speaker Fox Pours Cold Water on Superman Building Owner's Quest for 39M in State Help

HR&A Advisors of New York is out with its economic-impact report on the now-vacant Superman Building, which was prepared for Cornish Associates.

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On Politics
4:54 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Smiley: RI GOP Intends to Field a Candidate Against Reed Next Year

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State GOP chairman Mark Smiley says his party "absolutely" intends to run a candidate against US senator Jack Reed next year.

A few politically active Republicans privately say they consider a challenge against Reed -- or the other Democrats in Rhode Island's congressional delegation -- an utter waste of time. Resources would be better used, they say, in trying to build the 11-member GOP presence in the 113-member General Assembly.

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On Politics
3:42 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

RI Public Radio, ProJo, RI Monthly win Metcalf Awards

The annual Metcalf Awards for Diversity in Media sponsored by Rhode Island for Community and Justice have been announced. For the third consecutive year, Rhode Island Public Radio has won. This year, RIPR education reporter and Morning Edition host Elisabeth Harrison is a winner. Harrison won for her ongoing series covering minority students in Rhode Island. Other winners include Billy Reynolds, the ProJo’s wonderful sports columnist and one of a very few Ocean State journalists with a well-known national reputation. Reynolds has long been one of the nation’s top basketball writers.

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On Politics
12:36 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Women hold just 30 of 113 seats in the General Assembly

With the YWCA Rhode Island set to hold its fifth annual Women Holding Office celebration this evening at the Kirkbrae Country Club, it's a good time to revisit the under-representation of women in Rhode Island politics.

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On Politics
4:54 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Lorne Adrain considering possible mayoral run in Providence

Add Lorne Adrain, businessman, community activist and the former chair of the RI Board of Governors for Higher Education, to the list of those mulling a run for mayor of Providence if Angel Taveras seeks a different office in 2014.

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On Politics
4:51 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

TGIF: 8 Things to Know About RI Politics + Media

Rhode Island, you do us proud with your ceaseless stream of unexpected political developments. Happy Friday, and welcome back. You're tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Here we go:

1. Former state treasurer Frank Caprio's is on the comeback trail after his gubernatorial campaign melted down in 2010: he's planning to run for treasurer next year, regardless of who else might be in the race.

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On Politics
4:08 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Frank Caprio "wants another opportunity"; plans to run for treasurer in 2014

Former state Treasurer Frank Caprio, whose gubernatorial campaign imploded in 2010, plans to run for the treasurer's office in 2014, according to his former spokesman, Peter Kerwin.

"I know that he's in," Kerwin says.

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On Politics
3:20 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Rhode Island's New Day

Change happens slowly in politics. Except when it doesn’t. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains the forces behind Rhode Island’s reversal on gay marriage.

The Ocean State is poised to become the 10th  state in the nation to recognize same sex marriages and join our five New England neighbors in the vanguard of the movement for equal treatment for our gay citizens.

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