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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
4:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Scharfenberg’s prescription for saving the ProJo

David Scharfenberg has a timely Providence Phoenix story on steps to make the Providence Journal more competitive as it — like other newspapers — wrestles with a soft ad market and an inexorable decline in print readership.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Did you know the RI House has a Pinterest page?

Tweeters might remain few to non-existent among the 113 state legislators in Rhode Island, but Smith Hill is increasing its use of social media.

The House of Representatives, for example, has its own Pinterest page – highlighted by a picture of Representative Joseph McNamara standing in front of an Irish and Italian flag.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Almonte says he’s in the 2014 governor’s race to stay

With anticipation swirling about a possible Democratic primary clash between Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras in the 2014 governor’s race, the only announced candidate — former auditor general Ernest Almonte – says he’s in the campaign for good.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

John Mulligan, top ProJo political reporter, leaves

John Mulligan, the ProJo’s respected Washington correspondent and the newspaper’s top political reporter, is leaving his post for a job in Washington, according to several newsroom sources.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Mike Solomon Fund-Raiser: Setting stage for mayoral run?

The votes have barely been counted from the Nov. 6th election. But the pols aren’t taking any time off  from their planning and fund-raising for the 2014 election cycle. Case in point: The December 10, 2012 fund-raising time Providence City Council President Michael Solomon is holding at the Roger Williams Park Casino.  Democrat Solomon, who is a likely candidate for mayor if Mayor Angel Taveras decides to run for governor, is asking for donations of $50, $100 or $250 to his Friends of Michael Solomon committee.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Pegden gets nod as legal counsel for Speaker Fox

Susan Pedgen, best known as the press secretary for Charles Fogarty during his two terms as lieutenant governor, has gotten the nod to become chief legal counsel for House Speaker Gordon Fox. She’s slated to start $121,308 job next Monday, December 3.

Pegden will be the first woman to be chief legal counsel for a speaker, according to Fox spokesman Larry Berman. As a resident of Hope Street, she is also a constituent of the speaker.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

What do James Diossa and Sheldon Whitehouse share in common?

Q: What does James Diossa, a rising political star from hardscrabble Central Falls, have in common with one of Rhode Island’s members in Washington, DC’s “Millionaires Club“?

A. They both act like incumbents when it suits their political interests.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

de Ramel still “seriously considering” secretary of state run in 2014

Guillaume de Ramel, who lost the 2006 Democratic primary for secretary of state to Ralph Mollis, says he’s continuing to take a hard look at a run for the office in 2014.

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On Politics
12:00 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Chafee remains undecided on approach for reshaping EDC leadership

Governor Lincoln Chafee remains open to the idea of putting one person in charge of the state’s economic development efforts, although the precise approach for doing that hasn’t been decided, his office says.

Almost two months have passed since the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council issued its recommendations for reshaping the state’s strategy to improving the economy.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Time for business community to endorse gay marriage

Rhode Island is now the only New England state without marriage equality. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this would change if the business community supports marriage equality.

As gay marriage gains momentum from the Pacific northwest to the shores of  Maine, Rhode Island is getting ready for another round of  debate at the State House over marriage equality.

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