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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
3:02 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Cicilline likened to Lazarus; Cook Political Report moves RI CD1 to “Lean D”

More good news for Democratic Congressman David Cicilline, even after a better than expected debate performance this week by Republican opponent Brendan Doherty: The respected Cook Political Report in Washington, DC, has moved the RI CD1 race from “Toss up” to “Lean D.”

Here’s the accompanying text from Cook:

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On Politics
3:00 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

11 highlights from the battle between Mark Binder and Speaker Gordon Fox

In most election years, someone like House Speaker Gordon Fox could laugh off a challenge by a relatively obscure challenger. But in the aftermath of the state’s disastrous investment in 38 Studios, independent Mark Binder is using that epic fail – among other issues – in a pointed campaign against perhaps the most powerful person in Rhode Island politics.

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On Politics
3:14 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Channel 12′s Howell, Abouzeid promoted to new assignments

Kudos and congrats to Jay Howell, the longtime president/general manager at WPRI/WNAC-TV, who has gotten a promotion to VP for regional television with the stations’ parent company, LIN Media. Also moving up is news diretor Joe Abouzeid, to a new role as president/GM of WDTN-TV and WBDT-TV in Dayton, Ohio.

Howell will remain in Providence, while Abouzeid has already set off for the Buckeye State.

Here’s the word on Howell’s successor, via a news release from Channel 12:

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On Politics
3:13 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Pesare, Reynolds Ferland to be honored by RIPEC

The Rhode Island Public expenditure Council (RIPEC) will honor Middletown Police Chief Anthony Pesare and Sharon Reynolds Ferland,  fiscal advisor for the Rhode Island House of Representatives, with public service awards at the group’s annual meeting tonight at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Cook  Political Report editor and Rhode Island native Jennifer Duffy will deliver the keynote address. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, D-Newport and House Speaker Gordon Fox, D-Providence, will also speak at the 69th RIPEC annual meeting.

On Politics
2:00 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Darrell West to speak on election at Central Congregational Church

Darrell West, the former Brown political science professor and pollster, will analyze the election results in a Nov. 9 speech at Central Congregational Church in Providence.

West, who is now vice president of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., will speak in the ninth annual lecture of  the church’s annual West series of speeches on politics and religion at the church, where he was an active member during the years he lived in Providence.

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On Politics
11:23 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Diossa has apparent lead with $22K war chest in run-up to November 6 election in Central Falls

City Councilor James Diossa has by far the largest war chest among the 4 Central Falls mayoral candidates who have filed updated campaign finance reports. Five hopefuls are set to square off November 6.

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On Politics
3:28 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Chafee reinforces his support for a long-term approach to economic development

With a series of organizations calling for more urgency in jolting Rhode Island’s under-performing economy, Governor Lincoln Chafee says the state needs to remain focused on a long-term approach. 

Speaking during a news conference highlighting $110 million in federally-backed improvements at T.F. Green Airport, Chafee said:

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On Politics
2:41 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Tomorrow at RIC – What’s the political influence of talk radio in RI?

Yours truly will be part of a panel discussion at Rhode Island College tomorrow (11 am, Room 110, Alger Hall) examining the local political impact of talk radio.

The chat, sponsored by RIC’s American Democracy Project, is entitled, “Does talk radio still rule?” The lineup for the panel includes WPRI.com reporter Ted Nesi, WPRO evening host Matt Allen, Josh Fenton from GoLocal, and Tim Staskiewicz from CBS Radio Boston. The moderator is Gene Valicenti from WJAR-TV.

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On Politics
1:44 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Six things to watch for in Tuesday’s CD1 debate between Cicilline and Doherty

WPRI’s debate this evening between Congressman David Cicilline and Republican challenger Brendan Doherty comes as the First Congressional District race remains up for grabs. Just consider last week’s Brown University poll: it showed Cicilline with a lead of slightly less than 6 percentage points.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Five qualify for special mayoral vote in Central Falls on November 6

Five mayoral candidates have qualified for the November 6 mayoral election in Central Falls, according to the office of Secretary of State Ralph Mollis.

Here’s the order of the hopefuls as they appear on the ballot:

Bruce M. CORRIGAN

James A. DIOSSA

Thomas LAZIEH

Joseph P. MORAN, III

Tia RISTAINO-SIEGEL

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