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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
4:30 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Twin River Faces Looming Threat From Planville Slot Parlor

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted Friday to green-light a slot parlor in nearby Plainville, Massachusetts -- a scenario that would threaten to siphon customers from Rhode Island's most lucrative gambling entity, the Twin River casino in Lincoln.

In an interview, John E. Taylor Jr., Twin River's chairman and CEO, says he expects the slot parlor would cut Twin River's $290 million in annual revenue for the state by about 10 percent.

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On Politics
12:10 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

URI professor union supports Taveras for governor

The union representing University of Rhode Island professors has endorsed Providence Mayor Angel Taveras for governor.

The political action committee representing professors represented by the American Association of University Professors at URI voted unanimously to endorse the campaign of Taveras, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor.

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On Politics
5:53 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Ken Block, social moderate, financial conservative

Ken Block, founded of the R.I. Moderate Party only to abandon it and become a Republican. Now he’s running for the Republican nomination for governor against Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

From Block’s opening speech this week, it is evident that he is seeking to carve out an image as a social liberal and financial conservative. A software engineer and entrepreneur, Dartmouth graduate Block is busy staking out positions that appeal to small business owners, a natural constituency in GOP circles.

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On Politics
5:49 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Bill Fischer Leaving Clay Pell's Campaign

Bill Fischer, who has brought communications discipline to the early phase of Clay Pell's Democratic gubernatorial campaign as Pell's spokesman, is transitioning out of the campaign this week.

"I'm certainly proud of what we accomplished with Clay, working with his team to get the campaign off the ground successfully," Fischer told RIPR Wednesday afternoon.

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On Politics
4:20 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Clay Pell gets Johnston Democratic Committee nod

RI Democratic gubernatorial aspirant Clay Pell has picked up the endorsement of the Johnston Democratic Committee, Pell’s campaign announced.

``Clay Pell is the right candidate at the right time to move Rhode Island’s economy forward,’’ said Richard Delfino, the town’s Democratic chairman. ``Members of the committee….were impressed by his experience at the White House and the fresh perspective he can bring to solving our challenges. As governor he will be a honest broker and tireless advocate for the state of Rhode Island.’’

On Politics
3:51 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Ex-Central Falls Mayor Moreau slated to get out of prison early

Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau could be freed as early as Friday from federal prison, according to a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha.

Moreau was convicted of bribery and has served 13 months of his 2-year sentence in a Maryland federal prison. Since his conviction, a federal appeals court has ruled in an unrelated case involving a businessman and a legislator in Puerto Rico. That ruling said federal law does  not ``criminalize gratuities’’ and dismissed the charges against both men.

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On Politics
1:28 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Joseph Caramadre's Law License Suspended

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has suspended the law license of Joseph Caramadre, the Cranston estate planner and lawyer convicted of being the architect in a scheme that exploited terminally ill people.

Caramadre has appealed his federal conviction. The state’s highest court suspended Caramdre’s right to practice law in the  state until his appeal is resolved.  ``Joseph Caramadre is hereby suspended from the practice of law in this state pending the outcome of his appeal and until further order of the court.’’

On Politics
12:53 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Chafee: `Pot for Potholes'' ?

On Politics
4:56 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

TGIF: 19 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media (Ghost Dog Edition)

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips, insights, and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me on the twitters, too. We're up to something special this week. (Why Ghost Dog? It's a riff on my nickname of being the I-Dog) So let's get right to it ....

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Scott MacKay Commentary
4:39 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Buddy Cianci, The NEXT Mayor Of Providence?

Will Buddy Cianci sit, again, at the helm of the Capital City.
Credit RIPR FILE

Love him or loathe him, Vincent A. `Buddy’ Cianci Jr., has long been Rhode Island ‘s political Rascal King. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay ponders the talk about another Cianci comeback.

F. Scott Fitzgerald said famously that there are no second acts in American life. The Jazz Age novelist never met Buddy Cianci.

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