Dominick Ruggerio

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Rhode Island politics is once again enveloped in the economic rating game. Some national rankings show the state’s economy to be doing well, while others don’t. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay is skeptical of all the rankings, ratings and lists.

The CNBC business network recently ranked Rhode Island at 45 out of 50 on its 2018 list of the top states for business. Business Insider's web site put Rhode Island much higher, stating it has the ninth best business climate in the country.

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Rhode Island Democrats have been beset by battles over women’s rights and the direction of the party. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says voters -- not party bigwigs—will decide these issues. 

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With the House Finance Committee set to review a revised PawSox stadium plan on Thursday, debate continues about whether the project is good or bad for Rhode Island taxpayers.

Campaign season continues to heat up, with the end-of-June filing deadline drawing ever closer. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss the fate of the PawSox stadium plan, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza's proposed monetization of the Providence water supply, the line item veto, and much more.

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Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio joins Political Roundtable to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's move to legalize sports betting -- an expected windfall for many states -- and the controversy over the Fane tower proposal in Providence.

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Providence is looking to solve a yawning employee pension problem by leveraging the water system that supplies drinking water to 60 percent of Rhode Island. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this plan deserves more scrutiny.

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The mass shootings that have punctuated America life in recent history linger as milestones in the mind of Adah Bryan, a freshman at Classical High School in Providence.

The fallout from two significant events will remain in the air when Rhode Island lawmakers return from their mid-winter break next week. With that in mind, thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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With a campaign message challenging the status quo, Rhode Island Sen. Nicholas Kettle welcomed the attempt to bolster the state GOP's perennial uphill fight against the Democrats who run the General Assembly.

Chapel Grille is the place to be, right? The Cranston restaurant has emerged as a hot spot for political parlays, with uncertain fallout moving forward. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.  

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Due to uncertainty about whether the proposed PawSox stadium will get a vote in the House of Representatives, the leadership of the Rhode Island Construction Building Trades Council has suggested that its members avoid House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's first-of-the-season fundraiser on Wednesday.

Next week looms as a big table-setter for Rhody politics in 2018, with lots of storylines to follow. So thanks for stopping by. As usual your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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A new dispute between the leadership of the Rhode Island House and the state Senate became public Friday, with Senate President Dominick Ruggerio accusing House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello of obstructing the Senate’s operations.

The Senate leadership said it's considering taking the issue to court.

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