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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
4:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Doherty campaign estimates 308K take for Q3; 506K cash on hand

Republican congressional candidate Brendan Doherty had a strong fundraising quarter, raising about $308,000 in Q3, according to an estimate provided by campaign manager Ian Prior. The estimate for Doherty’s cash on hand is $506,000.

Numbers for Q3 weren’t avaiable yet from Democrat David Cicilline’s campaign. Cicilline pulled in more than $300,000 in Q2.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Jennifer Duffy to keynote RIPEC annual dinner

Jennifer Duffy, the Rhode Island native who is a Washington, D.C. political savant, is slated to be the keynote speaker October 18 at the 69th annual dinner of the Rhode Island Public expenditure Council, the business-financed government research group.

Duffy, senior editor for the Cook Political Report, the nonpartisan newsletter that analyzes U.S. elections and political trends, has become a staple on national news television news programs and on cable news outlets.

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On Politics
1:29 pm
Sat September 29, 2012

The 11 top families of Rhode Island politics

When Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009, it marked the first time in about 20 years that a Bush or Clinton didn’t occupy the White House. Obama’s rival in this year’s presidential race, Mitt Romney, is another member of the political dynasty club.

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On Politics
4:46 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Remembering John Silber, an outsized personality in Boston academia

Former Boston University president John R. Silber, who died yesterday at age 86, will mostly be remembered for making BU a significantly more dynamic and better unversity than when he arrived in the early 1970s. But he also made BU a great place to be a student journalist.

Silber was a newsmaker — brash, unapologetic, scary smart, and controversial.

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On Politics
4:39 am
Fri September 28, 2012

West Warwick’s Tencher at the center of white-hot US Senate fight in Indiana

After years of building his political credentials, West Warwick native Paul Tencher is at the center of one of the nation’s closest, hardest-fought US Senate races — the Indiana fight between Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Richard Mourdock.

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On Politics
2:50 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Who is David Vogel, and why is he running against Cicilline and Doherty?

Providence lawyer David Vogel, the independent candidate in the First Congressional District, has mostly gained attention for attracting 8 percent of the vote in a recent Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee poll.

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On Politics
3:56 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

What RIPEC’s report doesn’t say

So there is yet another tome out dissecting Rhode Island’s economic woes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks about what the big Rhode Island Public Expenditure report didn’t say.

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On Politics
2:01 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Speaker Fox calls Brien’s Hatch Act complaint baseless

The General Assembly has long been populated with public employees — police officers, firefighters, and teachers — so the Hatch Act complaint described by state Representative Jon Brien has no small significance.

Larry Berman, the spokesman for House Speaker Gordon Fox, says the House leadership believes Stephen Casey is on solid ground in rebutting Brien’s complaint.

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On Politics
1:04 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Casey calls Brien’s Hatch Act complaint without merit

Woonsocket firefighter Stephen Casey, who beat state Representative Jon Brien in the September 11 primary, says he thinks Brien’s charge of a Hatch Act violation is all wet.

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On Politics
12:10 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Brien charges his primary opponent was ineligible due to a Hatch Act violation

Outgoing state Representative Jon Brien, who lost his seat in the September 11 primary to Woonsocket firefighter Stephen Casey, charged today that Casey was ineligible to run to a federal Hatch Act violation. Brien says the violation is based on how Casey is employed by a department that receives federal funding.

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