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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
2:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

What do James Diossa and Sheldon Whitehouse share in common?

Q: What does James Diossa, a rising political star from hardscrabble Central Falls, have in common with one of Rhode Island’s members in Washington, DC’s “Millionaires Club“?

A. They both act like incumbents when it suits their political interests.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

de Ramel still “seriously considering” secretary of state run in 2014

Guillaume de Ramel, who lost the 2006 Democratic primary for secretary of state to Ralph Mollis, says he’s continuing to take a hard look at a run for the office in 2014.

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On Politics
12:00 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Chafee remains undecided on approach for reshaping EDC leadership

Governor Lincoln Chafee remains open to the idea of putting one person in charge of the state’s economic development efforts, although the precise approach for doing that hasn’t been decided, his office says.

Almost two months have passed since the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council issued its recommendations for reshaping the state’s strategy to improving the economy.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Time for business community to endorse gay marriage

Rhode Island is now the only New England state without marriage equality. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this would change if the business community supports marriage equality.

As gay marriage gains momentum from the Pacific northwest to the shores of  Maine, Rhode Island is getting ready for another round of  debate at the State House over marriage equality.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Post-Thanksgiving Good Deed: Buy Nothing Coat Exchange

So you’ve gorged on the Turkey, the stuffing, the yams, the squash and all cranberry relish your stomach can process. Maybe you had some wine and watched enough football to slouch into a deep snooze on the couch. Hopefully you had a great Thanksgiving and avoided family psycho-drama or severe bloating from all that good food.

So on Friday, you’ll want to do some good for your fellow Rhode Islanders who perhaps have less to be thankful for than you and yours. For a good deed, there is the 16th annual Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Walsh thinks the state Senate will pass same-sex marriage in 2013

While the outlook for same-sex marriage in the state Senate remains a question mark, one influential observer of Statehouse politics expects 2013 to be the year when it will squeak through the chamber.

Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island, believes same-sex marriage will pass by a thin margin in the 38-member Senate.

House Speaker Gordon Fox has pledged to call a vote on the issue early in the new session.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Report: Grand juries set to look at the Institute for International Sport

State and federal grand juries have been created to probe the nonprofit Institute for International Sport, according to a report yesterday in the Hartford Courant.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Obama pollsters could go head-to-head in RI’s 2014 gov race

Two of the expected Democratic candidates in the 2014 governor’s race share more than their allegiance to the Donkey Party: they each use a pollster affiliated with President Obama.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

The tweeters take a hit at the Statehouse

Is there a Rhode Island lawmaker willing to embrace the get-it-all-out-there ethos of Twitter once the General Assembly launches a new session in January?

One of the legislature’s leading tweeters, Jon Brien, won’t be back after losing a write-in campaign to Woonsocket firefighter Stephen Casey. And Brien recently deactivated his Twitter handle (@RepJonDBrien50), as the ever-alert Chas Walker noticed.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Some affection for Rhode Island Monthly

One magazine that doesn’t seem to get a lot of  love from Rhode Island’s journalism establishment is Rhode Island Monthly. Yet, sprinkled among the foodie features, glossy  BMW ads and  Sotheby’s promos  for Newport millionaire mansions is some fine work.

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