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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
2:48 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

The 38 Studios Inside Story from Boston Magazine: Chafee not at fault

Now comes Boston Magazine with an in-depth dissection of Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios video game fiasco that has snared Rhode Island taxpayers to the tune of at least $75 million. The article by Jason Schwartz details the mess that was 38 Studios long before the arrival of the $75 million in financing from Rhode Island taxpayers that was pushed by Gov. Donald Carcieri and approved by the General Assembly and the RI Economic Development Corporation.

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1:53 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Taveras: “It’s a question of how you resolve your differences”

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is understandably downplaying dissension on the City Council, and he denies that he’s losing support among the majority of councilors who’ve backed him since he took office.

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On Politics
12:56 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

More City Council chaos in Providence; FinCom meeting scrapped

Here’s a tangible sense of how things are going sideways with the Providence City Council: a Finance Committee meeting with a litany of important items, originally scheduled for 5:30 today, was cancelled at 9:32 this morning.

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On Politics
4:59 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Why won’t Anthony Gemma appear on RINPR’s Political Roundtable?

Despite vowing during his campaign announcement in April to sit down for detailed interviews with reporters, Anthony Gemma’s campaign has spurned repeated invitations to appear as a guest on Rhode Island Public Radio’s weekly Political Roundtable.

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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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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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