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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
3:30 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

ProJo seeking to shed more employees

With readership dropping and advertising revenues declining, the Providence Journal, the state’s largest newspaper, is seeking to shed more workers. The Projo  is offering buyouts to veteran employees. If a sufficient number of employees do not take the buyouts, layoffs are likely, says John Hill, president of the Providence Newspaper Guild, the union representing many employees.

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On Politics
3:03 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Cicilline and Gemma down to the wire; Doherty in the wings

There is only one Rhode Island primary election tomorrow (Tuesday Sept. 11) that is being watched from Woonsocket to Washington, D.C.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay brings you the first district Democratic donnybrook.

The 1st District U.S. House primary joust between Democratic David Cicilline and Anthony Gemma has been in-your-face nasty, as rough as it gets in a little state known for big political fights.

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On Politics
1:03 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

ProJo faces cuts: a sad day for journalism in Rhode Island

Here’s an unfortunate irony: on the same day that hundreds of people are discussing how to revive Rhode Island’s economy, the Ocean State’s statewide newspaper is facing further cuts.

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On Politics
3:30 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Chafee says a Pisaturo win over McCaffrey would “send a broad, broad message”

Governor Chafee tells the Washington Blade something that’s pretty clear back here in Rhode Island: the matchup between Senate Judiciary chair Michael McCaffrey and Democratic primary challenger Laura Pisaturo is a big one for the same-sex marriage issue. Yet he adds some interesting commentary:

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On Politics
3:20 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Former 38 Studios staff release video game, “Fart Cat!”

You can’t make this stuff up.

Summer Camp Studios, co-founded by Rich Gallup (formerly of 38 Studios), has released a video game that centers on farting felines.

PockerGamer reports:

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On Politics
1:30 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Providence 5th graders make The Nation

It is rare that 5th graders are featured in the lead of the letters section of a major political media outlet. But that is what happened in the most recent issue of the Nation, that liberal publication of politcs and arts.

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On Politics
4:25 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Text of Chafee’s speech from the Democratic National Convention

Here’s the prepared text of Governor Chafee’s speech – written by the governor himself, his staff says — from last night at the Democratic National Convention:

Good evening, and thank you for having me here to celebrate with all of you.

As the nation’s only independent Governor, I am here tonight to join with my Democratic friends, on the eve of an election critical to the future of our children and their country.

As a former Republican, I represent a group of Americans who all too often have no one to speak for them.

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On Politics
3:25 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Doherty to side with critics of new toll on Sakonnet River bridge

Republican CD1 candidate Brendan Doherty is getting a jump start before next Tuesday’s Democratic primary skirmish between David Cicilline and Anthony Gemma. He’s holding a news conference tomorrow to latch onto a populist issue:

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On Politics
11:25 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Keith Stokes has a fancy new title, at McAuliffe’s Mayforth Group

Keith Stokes, who lost his job at the state Economic Development Corporation in the aftermath of the meltdown at 38 Studios, started a new gig yesterday: president of strategic economic planning & development at the Mayforth Group.

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On Politics
2:25 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Does Doherty know the difference between Constitution and Declaration?

Brendan Doherty, the Republican candidate for U.S. House in the 1st District, issued a nice uplifting Labor Day statement but somebody on his communications staff ought to have done a better job vetting it. The former RI state police superintendent stated: “The United States Constitution asserts one of our guiding principles that still rings true. That is, that we as people, are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, namely life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’’

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