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The Rhode Island Supreme Court has approved the cuts in state retiree pensions approved by the General Assembly seven years ago, in a decision released today.

The court ruled against a group of more than 100 retired public employees who took their legal case to the state’s highest court in their battle to overturn the changes designed to save taxpayers about $4 billion in unfunded pension liabilities.

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.

Scott Avedisian is leaving after nearly two decades as Warwick’s mayor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay caught up with Avedisian last week on his final day in office.

A poll commissioned by U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's campaign shows Whitehouse with a 58-point lead over potential rival Lincoln Chafee among likely primary voters, according to a polling memo obtained by Rhode Island Public Radio.

It might be spring, it might feel like summer, but the signals of an intensifying election season are increasingly evident. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Just another ho-hum week in Rhode Island politics, right? The news emerged fast and furious Wednesday, in a likely harbinger of a lot more drama in the months to come. 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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Last week’s Rhode Island political developments among both Democrats and Republicans shook up the 2018 political campaigns. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay analyzes the new landscape.


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Take a deep breath Rhode Island. It's been a crazy couple of days in state politics.

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Warwick City Council President Joseph Solomon, who will become acting mayor when incumbent Republican Scott Avedisian steps down to become director of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, said today he will run for mayor.

Former U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee said he's highly likely to make a Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse this year.

"I'm 90 percent there," Chafee told Rhode Island Public Radio, adding that he has not made a final decision.

Chafee, 65, said supporters of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who ran for president as a Democrat in 2016, approached him months ago and encouraged him to run for the Senate.

Warwick Republican Mayor Scott Avedisian, the longest-serving mayor in the city's history, will leave his post to become director of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, according to a source close to Gov. Gina Raimondo. 

Only about two months remain until the filing deadline to run for public office in Rhode Island this year, so a more active phase of campaign season is approaching. 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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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo faces headwinds in her reelection campaign. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses why the governor is so well-regarded outside the state but not so well-liked at home. 

This week offered further proof that Rhode Island politics is the gift that keeps giving, right? 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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The first public opinion poll of the 2018 Rhode Island campaign for governor shows a near dead heat between Republican Allan Fung and incumbent Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo.  RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay parses the bad news for Raimondo.


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