RI Leaders Relieved GOP Health Plan Off The Table

Mar 24, 2017
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

  Rhode Island officials are breathing a collective sigh of relief that the plug has been pulled on the GOP health care plan to replace Obamacare. 


What is the Tea Party’s future in Rhode Island Republican politics? Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay talks tea about two announced GOP candidates for governor.

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Federal Prosecutors Feel Pinch of Shutdown

Oct 2, 2013
Catherine Welch / RIPR

The federal government shutdown is having an impact on the prosecution of federal cases in Rhode Island. 

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha has had to furlough a third to a half of his 45-person staff because of the federal government shutdown.  He said they’re managing by bringing in people who are working on the most urgent cases and then rotating them as the cases change.

Some Republican lawmakers are criticizing plans by the state GOP to raffle off an assault rifle at a fundraiser this weekend. For $5 contestants can enter a raffle to win an AR-15 assault rifle.

State Senator Dawson Hodgson, a North Kingstown Republican, calls the raffle, “tone deaf and insensitive, at best.”

Hodgson said raffling off an assault rifle doesn’t encourage the kind of dialogue needed to balance public safety and the rights of a free society.

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