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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
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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On Politics
5:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Doherty commercial attacks Cicilline’s 2010 remark about Providence’s “excellent” condition

Campaign watchers have long anticipated a spot criticizing Congressman David Cicilline’s 2010 evaluation of Providence’s supposedly “excellent” fiscal condition. Republican challenger Brendan Doherty has now launched such a commercial, entitled “Cover Up.”

Via news release, the Doherty campaign says:

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On Politics
5:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

TGIF: 10 things to know about Rhode Island politics + media

Welcome to TGIF, my new Friday column. As always, feel free to send your tips and thoughts to idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

RI Supreme Court denies Tobon’s case in challenge to San Bento

On a 3-2 decision, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has denied Carlos Tobon’s call for a manual recount following his controversial and contested one-vote loss to state Representative William San Bento of Pawtucket.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Linc Chafee’s tough road

Governor Lincoln Chafee is not on the ballot at next month’s general election. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay tells us why Chafee is lucky he isn’t facing voters.

It has been nearly two years since Linc Chafee was elected governor as an independent with just 36 percent of the vote. From Republican Governor Donald Carcieri and the Democrats who run the General Assembly, Chafee inherited a dysfunctional state government, communities on the edge of bankruptcy, the 38 Studios fiasco and one of the nation’s worst economies.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Four noteworthy things about Speaker Gordon Fox

1. J. Patrick O’Neill’s resignation as House majority whip can be expected to roil the competing factions in what former speaker William Murphy once dubbed “the House of Ambition.”

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