The plan to locate a state probation office on Fountain Street in downtown Providence is dead. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the debate on where it ought to go may be just beginning.
After an outcry ignited by Angus Davis, one of Rhode Island’s top young high-tech entrepreneurs, Governor Lincoln Chafee’s administration has pulled back a proposal to move a state probation office from a gritty South Providence neighborhood to a downtown venue nestled among the Providence Journal Building, The Rhode Island Convention Center and the Providence Biltmore Hotel.
A leading Rhode Island Republican is calling on GOP voters to keep an open mind about their two choices in this year’s primary.
By using his Facebook page, former gubernatorial candidate John Robitaille is urging GOP voters to focus on deciding whether Allan Fung or Ken Block has the best plan for moving Rhode Island forward. He says the candidates’ courage and personal authenticity are more important than internal politics within the state Republican Party.
George Zainyeh, whose departure as Governor Lincoln Chafee's chief of staff was announced last Friday, is taking a job, as chief marketing and development officer, with the law firm of Shectman Halperin Savage LLP.
Shectman Halperin Savage has offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York. Founding partner Jonathan Savage previously served as the receiver for Central Falls.
Every serious candidate says Rhode Island’s poor economy is the top issue in this year’s governors’ race. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for Rhode Island to sort economic myth from reality.
Say hello to any of the five major candidates for governor and you’ll get a marathon run of rhetoric on the need to create jobs in our struggling state. On the Republican side, Ken Block and Allan Fung have both talked about ushering in a better business climate, lowering taxes and looking for ways to save taxpayer money.
Political pundits love to emphasize that campaigns matter. Clay Pell better hope that adage rings true if he hopes to be Rhode Island’s next governor, says our resident pundit, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay.
Herbert Claiborne `Clay’ Pell IV is the grandson of a legendary Rhode Island U.S. Senator, a Harvard University graduate and at just 32 years old, possessor of a resume that would be the envy of many a decade or two older.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee has delivered his final state budget proposal and delivered his final State of the State address. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay parses Chafee’s last hurrah.
The cliché says: show me your budget and I’ll figure out your priorities. When it comes to Gov. Chafee’s final budget, that may be a trite description, but it’s true.
Buried deep in Governor Chafee’s budget is a provision that would save Rhode Islanders several million dollars annually by ending corporate welfare for the beleaguered newspaper industry.
Currently there are more than 250 requirements for legal notices and advertisements to be published in newspapers. These are the agate type legal ads for such things as foreclosures, tax liens, bankruptcy proceedings, public board meetings and the like.
Welcome back to my weekly column. The political year is quickly gaining momentum, so let's head on in. As always feel welcome to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to follow me on the twitters.