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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
1:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Cicilline, Fox win decisive victories; bad night for RI GOP

In a dramatic reversal of fortune after a bruising campaign that had many penning his premature political obit, Congressman David Cicilline today walloped Republican challenger Bredan Doherty by a surprisingly large margin of votes.

With 94 percent of the vote counted, Cicilline had 52.7 percent of the vote, compared with 41.1 percent for Doherty, and 6.1 percent for independent David Vogel.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

ProJo cuts 23 jobs; reporters and columnists spared

The Providence Journal reports that it has eliminated 23 jobs, including 16 Providence Newspaper Guild positions, following up on plans to cut spending at the statewide daily by $1.2 million.

The cutback represents 5 percent of The Journal’s work force. The reductions come about two months after 11 employees accepted a voluntary separation offer. 

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On Politics
5:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Tweeting your completed ballot is illegal in Rhode Island

Given the ubiquity of smart phones, it’s no surprise that a lot of people sent out images of their completed ballots today via Twitter.

Old friend David Bernstein of the Phoenix quickly found out that doing that is illegal in Masachusetts. Photo-tweeting your ballot is also illegal in Rhode Island, according to Robert Kando, executive director of the state Board of Elections.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Ruling Democrats strengthen their hold on the General Assembly

If you thought Rhode Island’s high unemployment and the state’s losing investment in 38 Studios would spark glimmers of legislative realignment at the ballot box, think again.

The Democrats who have ruled the General Assembly since the “Bloodless Revolution” of 1935 strengthened their hand yesterday. Not a single incumbent state rep or senator lost their seat in the general election.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Campaign manager says Doherty not necessarily closing the door on politics

Brendan Doherty doesn’t intend to run for the House again, but he may be open to seeking some other office, according to Doherty’s campaign manager, Ian Prior.

Following his concession remarks at the Providence Marriott last night, Doherty seemed to rule out another political run. RIPR’s Flo Jonic provided this transcription:

Jonic: Do you see another political run in your future?

Doherty: This was no dress rehearsal.

Jonic: By you saying this was no dress rehearsal, you mean ‘not again’?

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On Politics
3:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Why David Cicilline rolled up a larger than expected victory

Congressman David Cicilline enjoyed a larger-than-expected victory over Republican challenger Brendan Doherty yesterday by improving his performance from 2010 in seven communities.

Cicilline won the race by slightly more than 12 points (53.1 percent vs 40.7 percent).

The results are surprising since Doherty learned some of the lessons from John Loughlin’s losing 2010 campaign, particularly the need to aggressively raise money, and because Cicilline has been buffeted by a large measure of unflattering local headlines since he landed in Congress.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Post-election wake-up

The people, as the cliché goes, have spoken. Obama won the race that all the pollsters pretty much predicted and perhaps the hate Nate (Silver) trope is buried. In Rhode Island, voters went with Democrats and Republicans have to be licking their wounds and wondering what the future holds.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Election Eve Odds and Ends

Massachusetts: The race for U.S. Senate between incumbent Republican Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren, his Democratic challenger, is one being watched nationwide because it carries the possibility of deciding party control of the U.S. Senate. All of the polling shows this election close. But Warren has to be a slight favorite in this Democratic state where President Obama is considered a lock.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

21 questions for Election Day in Rhode Island

It’s almost all over but the voting. Some questions to consider:

1. If David Cicilline loses, does he try to stage a comeback in 2014?

2. If Brendan Doherty loses, does he move to the head of the list of possible GOP gubernatorial candidates in 2014?

3. How come the RI Republican Party can’t find a GOP candidate for John Loughlin’s old seat in a conservative part of the state?

4. If Doherty loses, will it be because he waited too long to get his message rolling, or because Democrats had a far better ground game?

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On Politics
3:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

RI supporters of same-sex marriage remain opposed to putting the issue to a statewide vote

With Speaker Gordon Fox offering his most definitive plan over the weekend on plans for voting on same-sex marriage in the House, Election Day will offer clues about where the issue is headed in a few other states.

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