Politics

Politics
12:03 pm
Mon August 30, 2010

The company that didn't get the deal

Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation expects to close on the deal to give a $75-million loan guarantee to a video game company headed by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. WRNI's Scott MacKay takes a look at a company that didn't get any financing by the EDC.

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Politics
1:43 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Town holds special election to replace officials facing corruption charges

Providence, R.I. – A special election will be held in North Providence to replace three former council members who resigned in May amid corruption charges.

Seven candidates will be on the ballot in today's election-- three Democrats, two Republicans and two independents. They are vying for two district seats and one at-large seat.

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Politics
7:25 am
Tue August 17, 2010

RI Republicans unveil new challenge to Democrats

Rhode Island GOP Chairman Giovanni Cicione is seen at the Clean Slate announcement. Photo by Ian Donnis.

Providence, R.I. – State Republican Chairman Giovanni Cicione yesterday unveiled a new effort to challenge the dominance of General Assembly Democrats.

Looking to brand themselves, Republicans rolled out what they're calling "Rhode Island Clean Slate." It's meant to supplement the individual efforts of about 100 Republican and independent legislative candidates. Related bus ads and radio spots are set to start this week.

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2010 Governor's Race
2:47 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

Moffitt struggles for Republican nomination

Former State Legislator Victor Moffitt hopes his small campaign budget won't keep him from becoming the Republican nominee for governor.
Photo Courtesy of Victor Moffitt

Providence, R.I. – Victor Moffitt is so busy he doesn't have much time for reporters. So Moffitt talked about his run for Governor in the car - as he shuttled between town halls to drop off signatures to qualify for the ballot.

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Candidate Conversation
6:53 am
Wed July 7, 2010

Lynch calls for focus on jobs in pitch for Congress

Providence, R.I. – We continue our coverage of the future of Rhode Island's fist Congressional District now that Patrick Kennedy has decided not to seek a ninth term in Congress. In this interview with WRNI Political Analyst Scott MacKay, we hear from William Lynch.

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Candidate Conversation
6:48 am
Wed July 7, 2010

Cicilline to run for Congress

Providence, R.I. – Providence Mayor David Cicilline announces his run for Congress to succeed Patrick Kennedy in an interview with WRNI's Scott MacKay this morning.

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Politics
1:02 pm
Thu June 17, 2010

Governor nixes historian laureate post

Providence, R.I. – Governor Don Carcieri has vetoed a bill establishing the post of Historian Laureate of Rhode Island.

He claimed that the criteria for appointment are inadequate, that the title is unnecessary and that the position puts too much value on one historian's perspective to the exclusion of others.

He also said that the governor, and not the Secretary of State, should have the power to choose who fills the post. He released a statement yesterday urging Rhode Island's representatives to support his veto.

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Politics
12:09 pm
Tue June 15, 2010

Gemma announces bid for RI congressional seat

Anthony Gemma at the formal announcement of his congressional bid. Photo by Ian Donnis.

Providence, R.I. – Businessman and philanthropist Anthony Gemma this morning announced his Democratic campaign for the congressional seat held by Patrick Kennedy.

Gemma told supporters at a Providence Place movie theater that he wants to involve more people in shaping government decisions. He says Rhode Island's top state and federal officials should also hold "board" meetings to work together on major issues.

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Politics
5:58 am
Mon June 14, 2010

Scott MacKay weighs in on the new tax law

Providence, R.I. – Last week, Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri signed into law an overhaul of the state's income tax system. At the signing ceremony, the Republican Governor was joined and cheered by Democratic General Assembly leaders. But WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay says many Rhode Islanders might not be cheering about the new law when they pay their taxes next year.

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Politics
4:44 am
Fri June 11, 2010

Chafee, Caprio highlight tax issue at first televised debate for governor

Providence, R.I. – The six major candidates for governor last night squared off during their first televised debate.

Exchanges between independent candidate Lincoln Chafee and Democrat Frank Caprio highlighted the Channel 12 debate. Chafee says his proposed temporary sales tax increase is better than passing on property tax hikes to local taxpayers. He says his proposal would mean 50 cents in tax on a $50 clothing purchase.

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