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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
1:46 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Raimondo Touts Plan to Add Manufacturing Jobs

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

In the first of a series of economy-related campaign events, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo says Rhode Island needs to take action to get a piece of the pie as more manufacturing jobs are returning to the US.

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On Politics
8:18 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Marcelo Leaving ProJo for Boston AP Job

Phil Marcelo, part of the Providence Journal's three-person Statehouse bureau, plans to leave the newspaper after seven years to take a reporting job with the Boston office of The Associated Press, Marcelo tells me. His start date is March 31.

In part, the change reflects how the AP has emerged as a stable source of reporting jobs amid continued uncertainty in the newspaper industry. Marcelo's Statehouse predecessor, Steve Peoples, who left the ProJo for a job with Roll Call in 2010, has fared well since joining the AP.

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On Politics
4:08 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

TGIF: 18 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your thoughts and feedback are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can can follow me all week long on the twitters. Let's head in.

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On Politics
2:59 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

James Diossa and Grace Diaz Endorse Caprio for Treasurer

Frank Caprio has won the endorsement of two key Latino elected officials -- Central Falls Mayor James Diossa and state Representative Grace Diaz (D-Providence) -- as he tries to win a three-way Democratic primary fight with Ernest Almonte and Seth Magaziner.

While Magaziner has attracted help from Bill Clinton, and state Senator Juan Pichardo (D-Providence) endorsed Almonte this week, Caprio has also attracted support from the mayors of Johnston and North Providence.

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On Politics
3:32 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Fung Wants to Consider Privatizing RIPTA & RI Resource Recovery

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung says he'd consider privatizing RIPTA and other state agencies to find the money to pay for some of his policy proposals.

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On Politics
8:29 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Myrth York Endorses Raimondo for Governor

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Myrth York, who made three unsuccessful Democratic attempts to become governor, threw her support to Gina Raimondo Wednesday morning as Raimondo tries to become Rhode Island's first woman chief executive.

York outlined her backing during an event at the Rue de L'Espoir restaurant on Hope Street in Providence, featuring Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts and about two-doxzen predominantly female supporters.

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On Politics
3:38 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Steve Brown retiring as publisher of Providence Phoenix

Stephen L. Brown, longtime associate publisher of the Providence Phoenix, is leaving the alternative newspaper after a career of nearly four decades as a leader in New England’s alternative newspaper landscape.

Brown, of Jamestown, turns 60 next month. Steve started in newspapering at the University of Vermont, where he began working on the student newspaper, `The Vermont Cynic’ as an undergraduate in the 1970s.

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On Politics
5:41 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

NE Chapters of NAACP Back Legalization of Marijuana in RI

The New England Area Conference of the NAACP, comprising chapters in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, is supporting legislation to legalize marijuana here and regulate it like alcohol.

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On Politics
4:57 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Welcome back to my weekly column. Don your ear muffs, cook up some cocoa and settle in for another exciting seven days in Rhode Island politics. Your thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and feel free to follow me on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
1:45 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Brown University Celebrates 250 Years

Brown University has been a looming presence in Rhode Island since its founding.
Credit Courtesy Brown University

Beginning this week, Brown University celebrates its 250th birthday.. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay kicks off our week long Brown series and ponders the college’s role in Rhode Island.

Brown is perched atop the tallest of the seven hills on which Providence was built. For its first two centuries the university reflected this lofty status on its College Hill cloister. It was an all-male institution that launched the well-born, Yankee elite to the upper reaches of banking, medicine, law and the Central Intelligence Agency.

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