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On Politics
3:54 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Chafee invited to Democratic National Convention

Gov. Lincoln Chafee will join such Rhode Island Democratic Party leaders as House Speaker Gordon Fox, Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte between September 4th to 6th.

Chafee, a Republican-turned-independent, has been invited to the convention because of his support for President Obama, says Democratic State Chairman Edwin Pacheco.

Chafee is one of 35 national “co-chairs’’ of Obama’s reelection campaign.

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On Politics
2:00 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Gov. Chafee son charged in beer party investigation

UPDATE: Governor Chafee has issued a statement saying that “Caleb will accept responsibility for his actions.” The governor also said that he and his wife “have taken this matter seriously.”

Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s son, Caleb Chafee, has been charged with a count of  violating  Rhode Island’s social host law that bars serving alcohol to people not old enough to meet the state’s 21-year old drinking age.

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On Politics
2:06 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Too many Guns

The carnage of gun violence has marred summer all across America. RIPR Political analyst Scott MacKay says Rhode Island lawmakers can offer a helping hand.

From the Rocky Mountains to New England’s craggy coast, each week brings another desultory report of  lives cut short by murder. You can’t  flick on a television news spot these days without another incident in the blur of senseless killing.

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On Politics
2:09 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Obama Challenge: GOTV

Political professionals know that every election is decided by who turns out at the polls. It is one of the trite truths of campaigns. Well, guess which presidential campaign wins if more voters show up at polls? According to the Washington Post:

On Politics
1:12 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Gay marriage moves to state ballots

Gay rights advocates have a new arena in which to battle for marriage equality: state ballots.

November‘s general election features same-sex marriage referenda on state ballots in Washington State, Maine, Minnesota and Maryland.

While public opinion on marriage equality has been moving rapidly from con to pro, same-sex marriage has never been approved in the more than 30 state elections in which some incarnation of gay marriage has been up for a vote.

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Politics
7:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Fox thinks that Medina pull back from re-election campaign

RI HOUSE SPEAKER GORDON FOX
PHOTO: RIPR FILE

PROVIDENCE, RI – House Speaker Gordon Fox is calling for embattled state Representative Leo Medina to end his re-election campaign.

Fox calls a series of charges against Medina "a very disturbing pattern of conduct."

Medina pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of practicing law without a license. He also faces charges in an embezzlement case.

In a statement, Fox says everyone deserves their day in court. Yet the House Speaker also says it would be appropriate for Medina to suspend his campaign.

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Politics
6:50 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Leo Medina accused of pretending to be a lawyer

RI STATE CAPITAL
PHOTO: RIPR FILE

PROVIDENCE, RI – A Democratic state representative from Providence pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges related to the unauthorized practice of law. This isn't the first brush with the law for Leo Medina.

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On Politics
3:18 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Who’s the next mayor of Providence? 16 names to consider

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo could be headed for a seismic clash in the 2014 Democratic primary for governor. If that happens, who will be in the hunt to suceeed Taveras at City Hall?

To stand a shot, candidates will need to build a strong East Side base while develping crosstown support. Being a solid fundraiser is important, although not necessarily decisive, considering how Taveras was outspent by Steven Costantino in 2010.

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On Politics
3:15 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

See you in a few weeks, dear readers

I’m taking a few weeks off to get married and absorb the shock of no longer being a single man (just kidding, honey).

Scott will keep the blog rolling, and I’ll be back in time for the closing phase of primaries for CD1 and the General Assembly.

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