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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
4:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Where is the RI GOP on 38 Studios?

Rhode Island Republican General Assembly candidates have a great issue this year. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why they aren’t using it.

If ever there was a case study in what ails the Democrats who have run Smith Hill for eons, it is the 38 Studios video game fiasco.

It is foolish to even ask what was right about this flawed, indeed desperate, lunge at growing jobs in a state in dire need of   them.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

ProJo seeks to cut 1.2M in costs; layoffs possible

After a series of buyouts extending to the time before the Dallas-based Belo Corporation bought the Providence Jounal in 1997, layoffs remain possible as the newspaper looks to cut $1.2 million in expenses.

The targeted figure for cuts — the rough equivalent of 16 employees in advertising, circulation, and the newsroom — was identified in a Facebook post by reporter Linda Borg.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Independent candidate Abel Collins rejects possible spoiler roll in CD2

Abel Collins, the independent candidate vying with Democrat Jim Langevin and Republican Michael Riley in the second congressional district, says it’s unlikely he could tip the race tow

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On Politics
4:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

With Ayn Rand film to screen in Lincoln, Paul Ryan’s ardor has cooled

The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity is helping to present a screening tomorrow at Lincoln Cinema World of Atlas Shrugged Part 2, a film inspired by the work of Ayn Rand.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Politico: GOP group launches “Cicilline secrets” campaign

Politico reports today that the National Republican Congressional Committee is supporting a new attack effort in support of Brendan Doherty’s campaign against David Cicilline:

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On Politics
5:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Five takeaways from the new Brown University poll

We offered highlights this morning from the new Brown poll. Here’s some additional analysis:

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On Politics
4:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

More than a quarter of voters in the Goldin-Butke race didn’t vote for Speaker Gordon Fox

More than one-quarter of voters taking part in the September 11 state Senate Democratic primary election between Gayle Goldin and Maryellen Butke skipped the chance to vote for House Speaker Gordon Fox, according to an RIPR analysis.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Taveras tops new Brown U poll with 65 percent approval; Cicilline with slight edge over Doherty

Highlights from a just-released Brown University poll:

– Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is the most popular elected official in Rhode Island, with an impressive 65.6 percent approval rating, up from 59.8 percent in February.

– State Treasurer Gina Raimondo placed second with a 58.7 percent approval rating, up from 57.7 percent earlier this year. (Statewide findings are based on results from 496 registered voters; the margin of error is 4.4 percentage points.)

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On Politics
6:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

In down economy, RI’s net gambling revenue grows by almost 23M over last year

No matter that casinos are on the horizon in Massachusetts, and Foxwoods is facing an uncertain future. The Rhode Island Lottery’s latest contribution to the state general fund is $377.7 million, almost $23 million more than the previous year, according to a legislative news release:

Video lottery accounted for $320.8 million or 84% of total gross profit.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Collins to protest exclusion from Fox Providence debate

Abel Collins, the independent candidate in CD2, plans to deliver a petition with more than 1100 signatures protesting his exclusion this evening from a televised debate on Fox Providence. (UPDATE: I should have noted in my initial post that the debate was set to be taped this morning,)

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