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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
5:41 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

R.I.P. Joseph R. Paolino Sr., Providence real estate legend

Joseph R. Paolino Sr., a prominent Rhode Island real estate dealer and developer for more than a half century and the father of former Providence mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr., died today after a battle with cancer. He was 83.

A lifelong Providence resident, Paolino, president of  Paolino Properties,  started in the real estate business at age 17, while still a student at Providence College. During the 1960s, he owned and managed Crescent Park, the iconic East Providence amusement park.

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On Politics
4:45 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Doherty on the air with his first commercial: “Those guys [in DC] don’t know what tough is”

Republican congressional candidate Brendan Doherty launched his air war today, using an introductory-style commercial to tout himself as a tough crime-fighter who can bring common sense to Washington.

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On Politics
3:48 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

The Big Least conference: Notre Dame latest to jump ship

In another blow to the Big East Conference, Notre Dame has announced that it will leave the Providence-headquartered college sports conference and join the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Fighting Irish are the fourth Big East college sports program to leave the conference over the last 14 months, joining Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia. West Virginia went to the Big 12 Conference and Pitt and Syracuse left for the ACC. Traditional New England Providence rival Boston College earlier left the Big East for the ACC.

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On Politics
2:50 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Clay Pell to wed former Olympic skater Kwan

As the Washington Post reports, Clay Pell, grandson of the late and esteemed former RI senator Claiborne Pell, is engaged to Olympic skating great Michelle Kwan:

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On Politics
1:53 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Cicilline exults in primary victory, quickly shifts attack to congressional Republicans

David Cicilline is 10 years older and carries the wear-and-tear of much more political mileage than when he emerged in a four-way 2002 Democratic primary as the new sensation of Providence politics. Yet Cicilline – battered by harsh headlines since not long after taking his congressional seat in January 2011 — seemed just as affirmed by his decisive victory tonight over businessman Anthony Gemma (62 to 31 percent, in unofficial results).

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On Politics
12:57 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Cicilline crushes Gemma in CD 1

In a resounding show of support from 1st District Democratic primary voters, Congressman David Cicilline swamped  businessman Anthony Gemma to win renomination, establishing  a strong foundation for a general election showdown against Republican Brendan Doherty, of Cumberland, the former state police superintendent.

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On Politics
5:00 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Doherty to unveil “his top 10 list” of Cicilline’s “most serious lies”

UPDATE: Hyers responds; says Doherty resorting to “vicious and personal attacks”

Here’s the entire response from Cicilline campaign manager Eric Hyers to the Doherty news release outlined below:

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On Politics
3:03 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Brendan Doherty’s challenge — separating himself in voters’ minds from the national GOP

 As he tries to land a seat in Congress, Brendan Doherty needs to convince voters he’s a Republican in the moderate mold of John Chafee, Ron Machtley, and Claudine Schneider  – not such conservatives as John Boehner, Paul Ryan, and Eric Cantor.

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On Politics
5:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Where the CD1 campaigns are on primary night

Here’s a look at where the CD1 campaigns will be Tuesday night:

David Cicilline:

U.S. Congressman David Cicilline will join supporters for a primary night watch party at Blaze Restaurant, 776 Hope Street in Providence. Doors will open at 8:00 PM. 

Brendan Doherty:

Watch the reporting of the official Primary Results with Brendan Doherty 

7:30pm – 10:00pm

Le Foyer

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On Politics
4:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

What to watch for in Tuesday’s primary

A few things to watch for tomorrow:

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