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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
Thu November 8, 2012

Speculation centers on Ucci as next House whip; House Dems caucus Friday

Don’t be surprised if Representative Stephen Ucci of Johnston gets the nod as House whip, succeeding J. Patrick O’Neill (who resigned from that post in October), when House Democrats have a 6:30 caucus tomorrow at the Asian Palace restaurant on North Main Street.

House Speaker Gordon Fox is expected to easily win backing for another two-year term at his leadership post. 

On Politics
3:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Photographers Grosch, Freidah, Perez among ProJo layoffs

Three of the Providence Journal’s best photographers — Connie Grosch, John Freidah and Ruben W. Perez — are among the layoffs at the ProJo, RIPR has learned.

The newspaper says 23 people have lost their jobs.

Grosch is well known for her coverage of the Statehouse. She’s been a mainstay of the Smith Hill media for many years, offering insight into the human quality of politics through her photography.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

State motion to dismiss unions’ pension legal challenge on tap for December

Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter is slated to consider next month a motion by the state to dismiss the challenge filed by a series of unions against Rhode Island’s landmark 2011 pension overhaul.

A hearing on the matter is scheduled for December 7. It is not known how long Taft-Carter will take to make her decision on the motion.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Cicilline, Fox win decisive victories; bad night for RI GOP

In a dramatic reversal of fortune after a bruising campaign that had many penning his premature political obit, Congressman David Cicilline today walloped Republican challenger Bredan Doherty by a surprisingly large margin of votes.

With 94 percent of the vote counted, Cicilline had 52.7 percent of the vote, compared with 41.1 percent for Doherty, and 6.1 percent for independent David Vogel.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

ProJo cuts 23 jobs; reporters and columnists spared

The Providence Journal reports that it has eliminated 23 jobs, including 16 Providence Newspaper Guild positions, following up on plans to cut spending at the statewide daily by $1.2 million.

The cutback represents 5 percent of The Journal’s work force. The reductions come about two months after 11 employees accepted a voluntary separation offer. 

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On Politics
5:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Tweeting your completed ballot is illegal in Rhode Island

Given the ubiquity of smart phones, it’s no surprise that a lot of people sent out images of their completed ballots today via Twitter.

Old friend David Bernstein of the Phoenix quickly found out that doing that is illegal in Masachusetts. Photo-tweeting your ballot is also illegal in Rhode Island, according to Robert Kando, executive director of the state Board of Elections.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Ruling Democrats strengthen their hold on the General Assembly

If you thought Rhode Island’s high unemployment and the state’s losing investment in 38 Studios would spark glimmers of legislative realignment at the ballot box, think again.

The Democrats who have ruled the General Assembly since the “Bloodless Revolution” of 1935 strengthened their hand yesterday. Not a single incumbent state rep or senator lost their seat in the general election.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Campaign manager says Doherty not necessarily closing the door on politics

Brendan Doherty doesn’t intend to run for the House again, but he may be open to seeking some other office, according to Doherty’s campaign manager, Ian Prior.

Following his concession remarks at the Providence Marriott last night, Doherty seemed to rule out another political run. RIPR’s Flo Jonic provided this transcription:

Jonic: Do you see another political run in your future?

Doherty: This was no dress rehearsal.

Jonic: By you saying this was no dress rehearsal, you mean ‘not again’?

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On Politics
3:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Why David Cicilline rolled up a larger than expected victory

Congressman David Cicilline enjoyed a larger-than-expected victory over Republican challenger Brendan Doherty yesterday by improving his performance from 2010 in seven communities.

Cicilline won the race by slightly more than 12 points (53.1 percent vs 40.7 percent).

The results are surprising since Doherty learned some of the lessons from John Loughlin’s losing 2010 campaign, particularly the need to aggressively raise money, and because Cicilline has been buffeted by a large measure of unflattering local headlines since he landed in Congress.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Post-election wake-up

The people, as the cliché goes, have spoken. Obama won the race that all the pollsters pretty much predicted and perhaps the hate Nate (Silver) trope is buried. In Rhode Island, voters went with Democrats and Republicans have to be licking their wounds and wondering what the future holds.

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