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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
2:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Super lawyer David Boies enters RI pension lawsuit

David Boies, one of the nation’s top lawyers, has agreed to help argue the Rhode Island pension overhaul lawsuit that is winding it way through state courts.

Boies, who practices in New York City, has been involved in many celebrated cases, including the Gore v. Bush case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court and decided in favor of Republican George W. Bush in a 5-4 decision. Boies represented Al Gore in that matter.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Whitehouse part of Senate’s new “liberal lion’s den”

Politico assesses the emerging peer group of Rhode Island’s junior senator:

The Senate is about to become a liberal lion’s den.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Eight polling places set for December 11 mayoral election in Central Falls

Pointing to some well-publicized snafus during last week’s election, Central Falls mayoral candidate James Diossa is encouraging the state Board of Elections to go with the current eight polling places in the December 11 mayoral election, rather than cutting the number to two.

Diossa, in a news release, says the CF Board of Canvassers has proposed cutting the number of polling places:

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On Politics
3:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Who are the future female candidates of Rhode Island politics?

Can Rhode Island women replicate New Hampshire’s success in having an all-female congressional delegation and a woman governor, to boot?

That’s part of challenge thrown down on Facebook by former Providence Journal political columnist M. Charles Bakst:

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On Politics
4:00 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Of Gordon Fox, the State House and the ProJo

Should the ProJo have its editors to take a refresher course in Political Science 101?

It appears that way after the strange coverage of House Speaker Gordon Fox’s reelection.

No ProJo reporter or columnist, with the notable exception of Mike Stanton, did any real ground-level reporting in the East Side district that Fox represents, which is about a mile from the Fountain Street newsroom.

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On Politics
12:00 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Why Cicilline won big + campaign winners + losers

Brown University political science professor Wendy Schiller joined Scott, Maureen, and myself for this week’s RIPR Political Roundtable. Our topics included David Cicilline’s larger than expected victory on Tuesday, and some of of Rhode Island’s winners and losers from Election Day. You can hear Political Roundtable here.

On Politics
4:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

TGIF: 14 things to know about RI politics + media

After a long, strange trip, Election 2012 is in the books. It’s been a long week, so sit back and relax with my latest edition of TGIF. Your comments are welcome, as always, at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Are RI Republicans listening?

From the White House to the State House, Republicans were blown out last week. RIPR political analyst  Scott MacKay on what’s next for the beleaguered Rhode Island GOP.

As 2012 spills into 2013, the Rhode Island political trend worth watching is how Republicans deal with the drubbing their party took at almost every level. Republicans actually lost state House and Senate seats and were crushed in elections for U.S. Senate and House. You have to go back to the mid-1970s to find a time when no Republican served in either statewide or federal office.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Rhode Island among three top Obama states

This won’t come as any surprise, but Rhode Island is once again a deep, cobalt Blue state in presidential politics.  President Obama’s margin in the Ocean state appears to be the third highest in the nation, after Hawaii (the president’s birthplace, unless you believe Donald Trump) and Vermont, which was once the most Republican state in the U.S.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Chafee announces step toward “integrated approach” on economic development

Governor Lincoln Chafee, perhaps responding to the clamor about the need for more short-term steps on boosting hte economy, has issued this news release:

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