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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
4:10 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Cicilline says Democrats have a shot at taking the House

Congressman David Cicilline disputes analysts who call it very unlikely that Democrats will regain a majority this November in the House of Representatives.

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3:14 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Mollis’ office says last successful legislative write-in was in 1990

As reported earlier, state Representative Jon Brien hopes to avoid the usual losing fate of candidates who’ve waged write-in campaigns for the General Assembly.

Chris Barnett, the spokesman for Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, says the last successful legislative write-in came in House District 69, the seat now held by Representative Ray Gallison of Bristol.

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On Politics
2:17 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Paiva Weed spooked by Newport casino vote?

Rhode Island voters have twice turned down the chance to bring Las Vegas style casinos in the Ocean State. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says things will probably be different this year.

Rhode Island once had a vigorous anti-casino movement whose members lobbied at the State House and campaigned across the state. Our state once had an anti-casino governor, Republican Lincoln Almond, who considered state promotion of gambling little more than a cheap tax on the poor. The state’s media, led by the Providence Journal, once editorialized against the expansion of gambling.

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On Politics
1:22 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Five reasons why Jon Brien thinks his write-in campaign will be different

WOONSOCKET – State Representative Jon Brien, upset by Democrat Stephen Casey in the September 11 primary, was unable to provide an answer this morning when asked to cite the last successful write-in candidate for

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On Politics
2:25 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Diossa eyeing a mayoral run in Central Falls

As Charles Moreau yields the mayor’s office in Central Falls  in advance of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, city councilor James Diossa is seriously considering a run for mayor, sources tell RIPR.

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On Politics
1:28 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Cicilline calls Cranston ban on gender-specific dances “crazy”

Congressman David Cicilline is siding with the vox populi critical of Cranston’s ban on such gender-specific events as father-daughter dances.

“I think that’s crazy,” Cicilline said during a taping of Rhode Island Public Radio’s Political Roundtable. (The segment will air Friday at 5:40 and 7:40 am.)

Asked by guest panelist Tim White about his reaction to the Cranston ban, Cicilline said,

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On Politics
12:31 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Jon Brien set for a statewide run in 2014?

State Representative Jon Brien, the outspoken conservative Woonsocket Democrat who suffered a surprise loss in last week’s primary, has previously told me of his des

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On Politics
4:36 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Is the ProJo really this hard up?

The ProJo, which is cutting employees once again, is really penny-pinching with this one. The state’s largest newspaper is ending the `Papers for Patients’  program, according to a letter from Lori Gardnier, director of consumer sales for the ProJo, to hospital officials.

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On Politics
3:39 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Langevin campaign calls Riley “negative”; releases statement

Congressman Jim Langevin’s campaign manager, Seth Klaiman, has released a statement in response to an ad blitz criticizing Langevin’s record by GOP opponent Michael Riley. The response takes a page from David Cicilline’s campaign, linking Riley with congressional Republicans.

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On Politics
2:42 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

The Globe looks at the Phoenix’s challenge in a changing media landscape

The Boston Globe has a thorough look at the challenge facing the Boston Phoenix as it moves this week to a new format, scrapping the traditional alternative newsweekly template while adding a big helping of lifestyle content.

Phoenix owner and publisher Stephen Mindich, 69, tells the Globe the rejiggered Phoenix in Boston “is right for the time.”

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