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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
1:30 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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On Politics
1:25 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Why Chafee got a prime-time slot tonight at the DNC

When news broke last week that Governor Lincoln Chafee would speak at the Democratic National Convention, it no doubt caused some head-scratching here in Rhode Island; Chafee’s approval ratings have been poor, and the governor, while sometimes praised for his candor, isn’t exactly the smoothest of public speakers.

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On Politics
11:25 am
Tue September 4, 2012

GOP governors’ association unloads on Chafee, other Obama allies

With Lincoln Chafee set to hit the DNC stage this evening, the Republican Governors Association isn’t wasting any time in criticizing governors aligned with President Obama.

Here’s part of a mailing sent by the association:

Reporters –

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On Politics
4:00 pm
Sun September 2, 2012

Sail Away to Block Island with us this week

Today RIPR kicks another in our `One Square Mile’ reports on a Rhode Island community. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay takes a break from the political circuit to take us to the Point Judith ferry dock.

Block Island‘ is just nine miles from the Rhode Island mainland but a world away. Home in January to just 1,000 hardy souls, in summer the pork-chop shaped island’s population bulges to ten times that.

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On Politics
1:11 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Chafee’s night in the national Democratic spotlight

In 30 years in Rhode Island politics, Lincoln Chafee has been elected to every office from Warwick city council, to U.S. Senate and governor. He never has been a Democrat. Yet now independent  Governor Chafee will have the biggest speaking role any Rhode Island political figure has had at any Democratic National Convention since 1964, when Sen. John Pastore was the keynote convention speaker.

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On Politics
1:14 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Dave Layman to work for Doherty campaign

Dave Layman, a former television news anchor and public relations consultant, is taking over as communications director for Republican Brendan Doherty’s campaign for U.S. Representative in the 1st District.

Layman, 67, of North Kingstown, has recently been a corporate communications consultant and a fixture as a panelist of  the local PBS Channel 36 public affairs program, `A Lively Experiment.’

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