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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
12:51 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Watch Gordon Fox and Mark Binder go head-to-head on Newsmakers

House Speaker Gordon Fox and his legislative opponent, Mark Binder, squared off during a taped debate this morning on WPRI/WNAC-TV’s Newsmakers.

The topics included Fox’s campaign contributors, Rhode Island’s economy, 38 Studios, same-sex marriage legislation, last year’s pension overhaul, and much more. The skirmish is expected to be their last debate, following one earlier this week, before Election Day.

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On Politics
12:50 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Doherty, Cicilline down the homestretch in CD 1

We’re down to the wire with Republican Brendan Doherty and Democrat David Cicilline. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the nail-biter that is Rhode Island 1st District congressional campaign.

Voters in the 19 communities that make up Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District are being courted by Republican Doherty and Democrat Cicilline with the ardor of a battleground presidential state.

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On Politics
12:00 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Langevin’s first TV ad takes populist stance against Riley

Second District Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin is up with his first TV commercial against Republican challanger Michael Riley. It uses Riley’s self-description as a Wall Street-type and links him with Mitt Romney.

On Politics
3:03 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Duffy: 2000-style presidential cliffhanger possible on November 6

Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report says a presidential cliffhanger — like  when Al Gore won the popular vote in 2000, but lost the Electoral College to George W. Bush — isn’t out of the question next month.

During a taping today of RIPR’s Bonus Q+A (airing Friday at 6:40 and 8:40 am), she said:

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On Politics
3:02 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Cicilline likened to Lazarus; Cook Political Report moves RI CD1 to “Lean D”

More good news for Democratic Congressman David Cicilline, even after a better than expected debate performance this week by Republican opponent Brendan Doherty: The respected Cook Political Report in Washington, DC, has moved the RI CD1 race from “Toss up” to “Lean D.”

Here’s the accompanying text from Cook:

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On Politics
3:00 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

11 highlights from the battle between Mark Binder and Speaker Gordon Fox

In most election years, someone like House Speaker Gordon Fox could laugh off a challenge by a relatively obscure challenger. But in the aftermath of the state’s disastrous investment in 38 Studios, independent Mark Binder is using that epic fail – among other issues – in a pointed campaign against perhaps the most powerful person in Rhode Island politics.

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On Politics
3:14 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Channel 12′s Howell, Abouzeid promoted to new assignments

Kudos and congrats to Jay Howell, the longtime president/general manager at WPRI/WNAC-TV, who has gotten a promotion to VP for regional television with the stations’ parent company, LIN Media. Also moving up is news diretor Joe Abouzeid, to a new role as president/GM of WDTN-TV and WBDT-TV in Dayton, Ohio.

Howell will remain in Providence, while Abouzeid has already set off for the Buckeye State.

Here’s the word on Howell’s successor, via a news release from Channel 12:

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On Politics
3:13 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Pesare, Reynolds Ferland to be honored by RIPEC

The Rhode Island Public expenditure Council (RIPEC) will honor Middletown Police Chief Anthony Pesare and Sharon Reynolds Ferland,  fiscal advisor for the Rhode Island House of Representatives, with public service awards at the group’s annual meeting tonight at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Cook  Political Report editor and Rhode Island native Jennifer Duffy will deliver the keynote address. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, D-Newport and House Speaker Gordon Fox, D-Providence, will also speak at the 69th RIPEC annual meeting.

On Politics
2:00 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Darrell West to speak on election at Central Congregational Church

Darrell West, the former Brown political science professor and pollster, will analyze the election results in a Nov. 9 speech at Central Congregational Church in Providence.

West, who is now vice president of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., will speak in the ninth annual lecture of  the church’s annual West series of speeches on politics and religion at the church, where he was an active member during the years he lived in Providence.

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On Politics
11:23 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Diossa has apparent lead with $22K war chest in run-up to November 6 election in Central Falls

City Councilor James Diossa has by far the largest war chest among the 4 Central Falls mayoral candidates who have filed updated campaign finance reports. Five hopefuls are set to square off November 6.

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