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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
12:00 am
Sun October 28, 2012

ProJo backs Doherty; Clinton lends his name to Cicilline

The once firmly Republican editorial page of the Providence Journal is going in a different direction after backing a string of Democratic candidates, throwing its support to Brendan Doherty in the down-to-the-wire race with David Cicilline.

Doherty’s campaign, via a news release, offers this commentary:

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On Politics
12:18 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

TGIF: 12 things to know about RI politics + media

Batten down the hatches for Sandy and get ready for another version of my Friday column. Thanks for reading, and feel free to send me tips, comments, and the like: idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let’s get to it:

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On Politics
12:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Fox campaign files Board of Elections complaint over mystery ad

House Speaker Gordon Fox’s campaign says it has filed a complaint today with the state Board of Elections today over the radio spot placed by Conneticut resident Harvey Adelberg. Fox’s campaign also says the spot is linked with Fox’s opponent, Mark Binder.

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On Politics
5:22 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Raimondo annointed a “brave thinker” by The Atlantic

The Atlantic has the latest media outbreak of Raimondomania:

Once upon a time, politicians across the land found a magical formula for achieving popularity. They kept public employees’ pay low, enabling low tax rates (hooray!); to make up for the low pay, they promised fat pensions down the road (huzzah!). The pensions were funded by gimmicks and wishful thinking. But that would be a problem for future politicians to reckon with.

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On Politics
4:18 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Lawyer for Fox’s campaign calls on WPRO to pull mystery ad

A law firm representing House Speaker Gordon Fox’s re-election campaign has written to WPRO general manager Barbara Haynes, asking that the radio station stop playing a “Fox in the Henhouse” mystery ad whose sponsor remains unknown.

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On Politics
3:13 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Doherty’s Democratic big government bonnanza

Republican 1st District Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty is fond of railing against big government Democrats in Washington, D.C., but he sure has done well by the policies of the Rhode Island Democrats who have dominated our State House for eons.

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On Politics
2:10 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Langevin thinks Congress will avoid hurtling over the fiscal cliff

Congressman Jim Langevin doesn’t think Washinton’s prevailing hyper-partisanship will keep Congress from reaching a deal to avoid budget sequestration.

During a taping of RIPR’s Political Roundtable (set to air Friday at 5:40 and 7:40 am), Langevin predicts that President Obama will win re-election. He went on to say.

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On Politics
2:26 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Mysterious group using radio spot to urge votes against Speaker Fox

A group calling itself Concerned Rhode Islanders Against Gordon Fox is using a radio commercial to urge voters not to support Fox in the November 6 election.

UPDATE: WPRO tells RIPR the ad was placed by an agency from Woodbridge, Connecticut. The contact for the agency, Harvey Adelberg, didn’t return a call seeking comment; he is a URI grad and formerly worked for WPRO.

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On Politics
2:25 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Casey ruled eligible to run by US Office of Special Counsel

Stephen Casey, the Woonsocket firefighter who defeated state Representative Jon Brien in a Democratic primary last month, has been ruled eligible to run by the US Office of Special Counsel. The ruling comes after Brien argued the Hatch Act precluded Casey from being a candidate.

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On Politics
2:24 am
Wed October 24, 2012

R.I.P. Doane Hulick

Doane Hulick, a fine Providence City Hall and  federal and state courts reporter for the Providence Journal, has died after a courageous five-year battle against advanced lung cancer. He was 73.

Hulick, a native of North Carolina, was a great story teller both in print and in person. An accomplished sailor, he was married to Providence Journal reporter Tracy Breton, who also teaches journalism at Brown University. Doane and Tracy lived in Cranston’s  Edgewood neighborhood.

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