After a long winter, spring officially returns to these parts this afternoon.
In New England, everything old really is new again on the Opening Day of the baseball season. Shortly after one this afternoon, the oldest and most spirited rivalry in all of American sports begins anew as our Boston Red Sox travel to the Bronx to play the New York Yankees, a club also known in our sliver of New England as The Evil Empire.
Rhode Island lawmakers have spent a lot of time recently searching for ideas to jump-start the state economy. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay suggests they head back to the future.
Hardly a week passes without Rhode Island’s business, political and public policy elite floating yet another plan for digging our state out of its economic rut. The ideas run the gamut; from modest proposals as providing more internships to keep college students in Rhode Island after they graduate to bigger dreams, such as abolishing the state sales tax.
Another week passes with the usual talk from the Rhode Island political and business elite on economic development. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for some changes in the way Rhode Islanders view our state and ourselves.
For nearly a decade every Rhode Island legislative session has brought a florid and divisive debate over immigration issues. First it was whether the state should require all businesses to check the citizenship status of employees by using a federal computer database known as E-Verify.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee delivers his annual State of the State Speech this week. The governor’s words are crucial.
Lincoln Chafee has been governor for two years, but can any of his constituents honestly point to an accomplishment or speech that addresses our state’s crying need: a better economy that generates needed jobs.
PROVIDENCE, RI – With a new year comes the inevitable round of Rhode Island political prognosticating. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says anybody who says they know what is going to happen probably doesn't.
The past often provides a roadmap to the future. This is the case with Rhode Island political predictions. Every election cycle one candidate or another becomes ```the lock,'' the overwhelming favorite to become the next governor or senator or congressional representative.
PROVIDENCE, RI – After the usual starts and sputtering stops, it looks like the combatants in the state public pension joust will be sitting down to try to forge a compromise on the legal issues that have landed Rhode Island's landmark pension overhaul in court.
PROVIDENCE, RI – One of the reasons President Obama won a convincing victory was the overwhelming support he got from Latino voters. But Providence Mayor Angel Taveras tells RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay that Republicans have a future with Latino voters.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Americans love to lampoon our lawmakers. From Mark Twain to Jon Stewart, senators and representatives have been juicy targets for pundits and satirists. What student of history can forget Twain's famous dictum that Congress is the nation's only native criminal class. Or that history, in the immortal words of Karl Marx, repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. What we are witnessing in Washington, D.C. as the days dwindle to the New Year is more Groucho Marx than Karl.