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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
5:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Doherty commercial attacks Cicilline’s 2010 remark about Providence’s “excellent” condition

Campaign watchers have long anticipated a spot criticizing Congressman David Cicilline’s 2010 evaluation of Providence’s supposedly “excellent” fiscal condition. Republican challenger Brendan Doherty has now launched such a commercial, entitled “Cover Up.”

Via news release, the Doherty campaign says:

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On Politics
5:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

TGIF: 10 things to know about Rhode Island politics + media

Welcome to TGIF, my new Friday column. As always, feel free to send your tips and thoughts to idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

RI Supreme Court denies Tobon’s case in challenge to San Bento

On a 3-2 decision, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has denied Carlos Tobon’s call for a manual recount following his controversial and contested one-vote loss to state Representative William San Bento of Pawtucket.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Linc Chafee’s tough road

Governor Lincoln Chafee is not on the ballot at next month’s general election. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay tells us why Chafee is lucky he isn’t facing voters.

It has been nearly two years since Linc Chafee was elected governor as an independent with just 36 percent of the vote. From Republican Governor Donald Carcieri and the Democrats who run the General Assembly, Chafee inherited a dysfunctional state government, communities on the edge of bankruptcy, the 38 Studios fiasco and one of the nation’s worst economies.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Four noteworthy things about Speaker Gordon Fox

1. J. Patrick O’Neill’s resignation as House majority whip can be expected to roil the competing factions in what former speaker William Murphy once dubbed “the House of Ambition.”

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On Politics
5:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Why Doherty doesn’t support changing the Violence Against Women Act

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the battle for women voters has emerged as a central theme in the intensifying First Congressional District race between Republican Brendan Doherty and David Cicilline.

Doherty today changed his tactics, adopting a tougher tone in accusing Cicilline of being hypocritical by questioning Doherty’s commitment to protecting women.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Riley says he won’t run for Congress again if he loses in November

Michael Riley, the Republican challenging Congressman Jim Langevin in CD2, says he’ll be a one-and-done congressional candidate if he doesn’t win in November.

Speaking during a taping today of RIPR’s Political Roundtable, Riley was asked if he’ll run again if his bid to unseat Langevin comes up short. His response:

“No, absolutely not. The reason I’m running now is because of the fragile nature of the [US] economy.”

On Politics
3:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Rep. Patrick O’Neill leaves Fox’s leadership lineup

It appears there is dissension in the already diminished team of House Speaker Gordon Fox, D_Providence. House Whip Patrick O’Neill, a Pawtucket Democrat who represents a district anchored by the Oak Hill neighborhood, has resigned his post.

“I wish Rep. O’Neill well and appreciate his contributions to our leadership team,’’ Fox said in a statement. “I spoke with the other leadership members and we are united and moving forward.’’

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On Politics
2:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Doherty calls out Cicilline over some of his past legal clients

Brendan Doherty, a former superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, charges that Congressman David Cicilline, a former criminal-defense lawyer, is being hypocritical by questioning Doherty’s commitment to protecting women.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

High approval ratings are hardly a guarantee of electoral victory

A Channel 12 poll this week reaffirmed the status of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo as the most popular elected officials of the moment. Their high marks seem to be a reflection of how voters think Raimondo and Taveras are facing tough issues head-on.

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