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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
1:56 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Rocky Point nostalgia overflows at open space press event

Fond memories of the late, great Rocky Point Amusement Park ran strong when a bevy of local, state and federal officials converged this morning to announce plans for preserving the park’s remaining 82 acres.

Senator Jack Reed noted how Rocky Point, which closed in 1995, remains iconic in Rhode Island:

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On Politics
3:58 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

Mitt Romney’s tough challenge

As the weeks dwindle down toward the general election showdown, Mitt Romney seems to be running on empty. Romney’s dilemma is that he can’t seem to boast about his business or political career without chewing on his toes. The latest in a long string of incautious statements is that the middle class in the U.S. comprises those earning between $200,000 and $250,000 annually. This comes in the wake of the Olympics insult to the British and the swing and miss comments about the latest Middle East diplomatic mess.

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On Politics
4:10 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Carcieri’s 38 Studios denial

Former Gov. Donald Carcieri has finally broken his silence on 38 Studios. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what the former governor did not say.

It was a grim-looking Don Carcieri who ended his retirement hiatus from media scrutiny with an interview with WPRI-TV’s Tim White. If not contrite about the disaster that was the state’s $75 million investment in the video game company, the former governor at least took responsibility for pushing the deal.

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3:13 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

ProJo union trying to work with management to avert layoffs

The Providence Newspaper Guild sent a letter to Providence Journal management, suggesting the two sides work together to find savings that could preclude layoffs at the statwide daily.

According to a letter distributed today to members of the Guild, the largest union at the ProJo: 

The company said it was interested in the idea, but wouldn’t be able to respond with specifics until after the first week of October.

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On Politics
2:17 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

McCauley and business partner to plead guilty to fraud, filing false tax returns

Longtime state Representative John McCauley, who is not seeking re-election, and his business partner have agreed to plead guilty to charges, according to the US Attorney’s office:

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On Politics
5:21 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Watch the video — Carcieri talks 38 Studios on Channel 12

Former Governor Don Carcieri defends himself in his first interview since the meltdown of 38 Studios, taking responsibility for approving the deal, but questioning the followup after he left office.

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On Politics
3:25 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Wake up to Brendan Doherty in his own words on RIPR

Republican CD1 candidate Brendan Doherty joined us for a taping this morning of RIPR’s Political Roundtable (airing Friday at 5:40 and 7:40 am) and

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On Politics
2:28 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Ed Pacheco: partisan or just petty?

Democratic State Chairman Ed Pacheco must have taken a trip to the rest room or something at the Democratic National Convention when the political figure from Rhode Island with the biggest speaking role of anyone from the Ocean State took the podium at the Charlotte convention.

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On Politics
1:31 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Carcieri breaks silence on 38 Studios, in interview with WPRI’s Tim White

Former Governor Don Carcieri offers his first interview on the demise of 38 Studios, with Channel 12′s Tim White. Ted Nesi has more:

Carcieri sat down with WPRI 12′s Tim White on Thursday morning for an exclusive one-on-one interview – his first since last spring’s dramatic implosion of Curt Schilling’s video game company, which received a $75 million loan guarantee from Rhode Island taxpayers on Carcieri’s watch.

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12:34 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Ted Widmer has two brand new gigs — one with Hillary Clinton

Kudos + congrats to friend of the blog Ted Widmer, who is taking on two new roles (via the BDH):

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