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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
1:28 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Cicilline calls Cranston ban on gender-specific dances “crazy”

Congressman David Cicilline is siding with the vox populi critical of Cranston’s ban on such gender-specific events as father-daughter dances.

“I think that’s crazy,” Cicilline said during a taping of Rhode Island Public Radio’s Political Roundtable. (The segment will air Friday at 5:40 and 7:40 am.)

Asked by guest panelist Tim White about his reaction to the Cranston ban, Cicilline said,

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On Politics
12:31 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Jon Brien set for a statewide run in 2014?

State Representative Jon Brien, the outspoken conservative Woonsocket Democrat who suffered a surprise loss in last week’s primary, has previously told me of his des

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On Politics
4:36 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Is the ProJo really this hard up?

The ProJo, which is cutting employees once again, is really penny-pinching with this one. The state’s largest newspaper is ending the `Papers for Patients’  program, according to a letter from Lori Gardnier, director of consumer sales for the ProJo, to hospital officials.

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On Politics
3:39 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Langevin campaign calls Riley “negative”; releases statement

Congressman Jim Langevin’s campaign manager, Seth Klaiman, has released a statement in response to an ad blitz criticizing Langevin’s record by GOP opponent Michael Riley. The response takes a page from David Cicilline’s campaign, linking Riley with congressional Republicans.

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On Politics
2:42 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

The Globe looks at the Phoenix’s challenge in a changing media landscape

The Boston Globe has a thorough look at the challenge facing the Boston Phoenix as it moves this week to a new format, scrapping the traditional alternative newsweekly template while adding a big helping of lifestyle content.

Phoenix owner and publisher Stephen Mindich, 69, tells the Globe the rejiggered Phoenix in Boston “is right for the time.”

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On Politics
1:45 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Unsurprising: Cicilline set for more, not fewer, TV debates

Congressional incumbents tend to limit their appearances in debates. The thinking can be boiled down to: why give your opponent more, not fewer, opportunities to duke it out?

But David Cicilline, a good talker, is drawing attention to his intention to meet Republican Brendan Doherty in a series of televised debates:

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On Politics
12:48 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Riley launches sharp broadcast attack against Langevin

Michael Riley, the GOP candidate in the Second Congressional District, isn’t wasting time in going after Democrat Jim Langevin. Riley’s campaign says it has launched a six-figure buy on TV and radio, including the TV commercial above.

Here’s some of the commentary from Riley’s news release:

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On Politics
3:52 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

San Bento leads — by one vote! — in recount; hearing Wednesday

A recount today by the state Board of Elections shows a one-vote lead by state Representative William San Bento over challenger Carlos Tobon, according to board chief Robert Kando.

San Bento, who has held office since first winning election in 1992, had a three-vote lead in an earlier count.

A hearing requested by Tobon before the votes are certified is set for 10 am Wednesday, Kando says.

On Politics
1:56 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Rocky Point nostalgia overflows at open space press event

Fond memories of the late, great Rocky Point Amusement Park ran strong when a bevy of local, state and federal officials converged this morning to announce plans for preserving the park’s remaining 82 acres.

Senator Jack Reed noted how Rocky Point, which closed in 1995, remains iconic in Rhode Island:

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On Politics
3:58 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

Mitt Romney’s tough challenge

As the weeks dwindle down toward the general election showdown, Mitt Romney seems to be running on empty. Romney’s dilemma is that he can’t seem to boast about his business or political career without chewing on his toes. The latest in a long string of incautious statements is that the middle class in the U.S. comprises those earning between $200,000 and $250,000 annually. This comes in the wake of the Olympics insult to the British and the swing and miss comments about the latest Middle East diplomatic mess.

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