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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
12:57 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Cicilline crushes Gemma in CD 1

In a resounding show of support from 1st District Democratic primary voters, Congressman David Cicilline swamped  businessman Anthony Gemma to win renomination, establishing  a strong foundation for a general election showdown against Republican Brendan Doherty, of Cumberland, the former state police superintendent.

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On Politics
5:00 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Doherty to unveil “his top 10 list” of Cicilline’s “most serious lies”

UPDATE: Hyers responds; says Doherty resorting to “vicious and personal attacks”

Here’s the entire response from Cicilline campaign manager Eric Hyers to the Doherty news release outlined below:

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On Politics
3:03 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Brendan Doherty’s challenge — separating himself in voters’ minds from the national GOP

 As he tries to land a seat in Congress, Brendan Doherty needs to convince voters he’s a Republican in the moderate mold of John Chafee, Ron Machtley, and Claudine Schneider  – not such conservatives as John Boehner, Paul Ryan, and Eric Cantor.

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On Politics
5:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Where the CD1 campaigns are on primary night

Here’s a look at where the CD1 campaigns will be Tuesday night:

David Cicilline:

U.S. Congressman David Cicilline will join supporters for a primary night watch party at Blaze Restaurant, 776 Hope Street in Providence. Doors will open at 8:00 PM. 

Brendan Doherty:

Watch the reporting of the official Primary Results with Brendan Doherty 

7:30pm – 10:00pm

Le Foyer

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On Politics
4:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

What to watch for in Tuesday’s primary

A few things to watch for tomorrow:

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On Politics
3:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Winners + losers of the 38 Studios bankruptcy filing

Last Friday marked the three-month anniversary of the bankruptcy filing of 38 Studios. That makes it a good time to assess how some of the main players in that debacle are faring:

WINNERS

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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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