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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
1:44 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Six things to watch for in Tuesday’s CD1 debate between Cicilline and Doherty

WPRI’s debate this evening between Congressman David Cicilline and Republican challenger Brendan Doherty comes as the First Congressional District race remains up for grabs. Just consider last week’s Brown University poll: it showed Cicilline with a lead of slightly less than 6 percentage points.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Five qualify for special mayoral vote in Central Falls on November 6

Five mayoral candidates have qualified for the November 6 mayoral election in Central Falls, according to the office of Secretary of State Ralph Mollis.

Here’s the order of the hopefuls as they appear on the ballot:

Bruce M. CORRIGAN

James A. DIOSSA

Thomas LAZIEH

Joseph P. MORAN, III

Tia RISTAINO-SIEGEL

On Politics
4:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Doherty needs op-ed editor?

Brendan Doherty wrote a somewhat thoughtful, albeit in the end partisan, op-end piece that ran in this morning’s ProJo. Doherty, Republican candidate for 1st District U.S. House against incumbent Democrat David Cicilline, outlined the fiscal cliff the nation faces as a result of the partisan gridlock on financial and budget matters in Washington, D.C.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Democrats for Doherty: Has-beens or a force?

Members of `Democrats for Doherty’ according to the latest release from Brendan Doherty’s campaign for Congress in the 1st District.

Chairwoman of the Democrats for Doherty campaign is former State Rep. Joanne Giannini of Providence.

Other members of the group: Kevin Stacom and Ernie DiGregorio, both standout Providence College basketball players from Dave Gavitt’s legendary 1973 Friar team that went to the Final 4 of the NCAA. Stacom and Enrie D. both went on to NBA careers.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Raimondo is using a new name, Empower RI, to ramp up her financial literacy initiative

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo is focusing attention on her newly branded financial-literacy initiative, “Empower RI,” starting with an event tomorrow at the Comprehensive Community Action Program in Warwick:

Via news release:

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On Politics
1:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Providence start-up touts itself as “a tool to facilitate democracy”

Lovegov, a Providence startup with three employees, is looking to link would-be political supporters with actual candidates and causes. As MassHighTech.com reports:

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On Politics
5:00 am
Sun October 14, 2012

Can Rhode Island elect some blue-collar people to Congress?

Former Rhode Island congressman Edward Beard gets a shout-out in today’s New York Times as an example of something quite rare: a one-time blue-collar worker who won election to Congress.

Nicholas Carnes, a professor of public policy at Duke University, uses his op-ed piece to argue that we really don’t get to choose whether we’re governed by the rich:

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On Politics
5:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

TGIF: 14 things about Rhode Island politics + media

It’s time for the second rendition of my new Friday column. Thanks for reading, and as always, feel free to send me tips or thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.

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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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