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Scott MacKay Commentary
5:02 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Hello To The 2014 General Assembly's 2013 Hangover

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Rhode Island’s General Assembly convenes a new session Tuesday. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why this year’s legislature may sound a lot like last year’s.

By now, most of us have cleared our heads of those New Year’s  hangovers. That’s not the case for Rhode Island’s 113 lawmakers.

The 2014 Assembly that convenes tomorrow will resemble nothing so much as the …2013 Assembly. The reason for this is all too evident:  As has too often been the case, the Smith Hill Crowd decided not to decide some big, prickly issues last session.

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Politics
7:39 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Exeter Town Councilors Hold On To Their Seats

Town Clerk's Office, in Exeter Rhode Island.
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Four Exeter town councilors have easily survived a recall election spawned by critics of a plan to transfer control of concealed weapons permits from the town  to the state.  Unlike most towns, Exeter is so small it has no police department and councilors felt the town  clerk didn’t have the resources needed to do the job properly. The results of the election plus reaction from both sides.

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RI News
9:02 am
Thu December 12, 2013

What's At Stake In Exeter's Recall Election

Tow Clerk's Office in Exeter
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Voters head to the polls in Exeter on Saturday for a recall election that could send a majority of the town council packing. 

The recall was sparked by a dispute over gun permits.  It started after four out of five town councilors supported a move to put permits for concealed weapons in the hands of the attorney general instead of the town clerk.

Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with political analyst Scott MacKay to find out what's at stake in this unusual election.

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Politics
8:33 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Fate Of Exeter Town Council Recall Vote To Be Decided

The Exeter Board of Canvassers will decide this week on a date for a recall election of four of the town’s five councilors.  The recall was forced by gun rights advocates who opposed the council’s vote to transfer concealed weapons permits applications from the town clerk to the attorney general’s office.  Both sides anticipate an old-fashioned grassroots campaign.

Exeter town council president Arlene Hicks says she’ll fight for her job the way she got it in the first place – by knocking on doors and sending out mailers.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:25 am
Mon October 21, 2013

What Ever Happened To Gun Control In Rhode Island?

Despite calls for more gun control, little has happened in the last year in the Ocean State.
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In the aftermath of last year’s Newtown school shootings, Rhode Island politicians leaped on the gun control bandwagon. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what’s happened since.

After last December’s horrific school massacre in Connecticut, political leaders from the White House to the Rhode Island State House vowed to crack down on gun violence. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed all advocated measures to advance gun control in our state.

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On Politics
4:58 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Do RI lawmakers care about gun carnage?

In the aftermath of last year’s Newtown school shootings, Rhode Island politicians leaped on the gun control bandwagon. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what’s happened since.

After last December’s horrific school massacre in Connecticut, political leaders from the White House to the Rhode Island State House vowed to crack down on gun violence. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed all advocated measures to advance gun control in our state.

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RI News
4:37 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Recall Vote Sparked By Gun Rights Advocates Likely In Exeter

The chairwoman of the Exeter Board of Canvassers said it looks like there are enough petition signatures to warrant recall elections against four of the town’s five town councilors.  The recall stems from a controversy about who should handle background checks for concealed weapons permits.

The chair of the Exeter Board of Canvassers said they have enough signatures to justify a recall election against town council president Arlene Hicks and expect to have enough signatures to subject three of her colleagues to recalls as well. 

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Politics
10:14 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Legislative Gun Safety Task Force to Meet For the First Time

A legislative task force on gun safety is slated to hold its first meeting this afternoon Thursday at the Statehouse.

Assembling the gun safety task force was one of the few steps taken by the General Assembly in response to the school shooting last year in Newtown, Connecticut. But all the members weren’t named until last month, shortly after media reports that the task force hadn’t yet met.

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Politics
8:56 am
Thu September 19, 2013

RI Gun Control Task Force Unlikely to Meet January Deadline

A task force on gun control was scheduled to meet with the general assembly and the Governor in January. Members of the task force say they will not meet that deadline.
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A legislative task force created in the last General Assembly session to examine the intersection of gun violence and mental health issues has yet to meet. The panel is unlikely to meet a January deadline for reporting its findings.                                                                                                                                                   

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Politics
8:26 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse: Don't Balance Budgets With Cuts to Social Security

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As immigration legislation makes its way through the Senate, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay talks with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse about the immigration bill, and what happened to the gun bill that went down in the Senate.

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