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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
3:03 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Narragansett chief wants a meeting with Chafee to talk gambling + discrimination

Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas has followed through on his plan to seek a meeting with Governor Lincoln Chafee.

The Narrgansetts remain on the sidelines as Rhode Island’s gambling halls are spending big bucks to promote an expansion of their offerings this November.

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On Politics
2:06 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Providence City Hall slams council faction’s plan for allocating road repair money

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is “completely opposed” to a plan by some city councilors to use a ward-based approach in allocating money for road repairs, says spokesman David Ortiz:

Ortiz says the council proposal would claim half of the money from a planned $40 million money road-repair bond “to break into pots of money they can spend at their discretion.”

He adds:

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On Politics
1:09 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Providence council pushing for ward-based approach to road repairs

A special meeting at 6 pm today will take up a push by some Providence City Councilors to use a ward-based approach in making $40 million in envisioned road repairs.

Ward 12 Councilor Terry Hassett says councilors plan to review the bonding authority for the improvements:

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On Politics
11:12 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Bob Walsh on the pension lawsuit: “The state went too far in making changes”

Here’s a link to the audio for my Q+A with Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island, on the lawsuit by a series of unions against the state’s 2011 pension overhaul.

On Politics
5:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Time for RI General Assembly to watch the money

Looking for a no-brainer issue for Rhode Island General Assembly candidates this fall? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has one that should resonate with taxpayers.

Even in the middle of a glorious summer, the ocean sometimes just doesn’t compensate for living in the Ocean State. This has become a season of both electioneering and discontent.

Our state’s economy is in the dumpster. As our New England neighbors are recovering from the recession, Rhode Island remains the region’s only state with an unemployment rate that remains stubbornly above the national figure.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

State Police arrest + charge former bookkeeper for the Sundluns in fraud case

A one-time bookkeeper for Susan and the late former Governor Bruce Sundlun has been arrested by state police in a fraud case:

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On Politics
3:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

George McGovern at 90

The grand old man of American liberalism turned 90 recently and was feted at a party in Washington, D.C.  Sen. George S. McGovern is best remembered as the anti-Vietnam War tribune who lost the 1972 election to Republican Richard Nixon in a 49-state landslide. (McGovern won only Massachusetts).

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On Politics
2:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Bob Walsh: the unions are going to win the pension lawsuit

Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island, has never been shy with his opinions. And he’s confident that unions will succeed in legally overturning the state’s much-ballyhooed pension overhaul of 2011.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Doherty + Cicilline trade shots over Bain Capital

The campaigns of Republican challenger Brendan Doherty and Democratic Congressman David Cicilline are trading shots on a topic related to Mitt Romney’s former company, Bain Capital.

Doherty’s campaign used a news release this morning to rap Cicilline:

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On Politics
4:00 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Bill Fischer now working for the RI Democratic Party

The Rhode Island Democratic Party has bolstering its communications for the 2012 campaign season by hiring Bill Fischer, an experienced PR professional with a long resume in politics.

Fischer currently runs True North Communications. He worked for the state Senate in the late ’90s before serving as chief of staff during Sheldon Whitehouse’s tenure as attorney general.

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