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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo recently announced her reelection campaign with a splashy tv ad. The spot is airing as the governor faces criticism after a state lawyer dropped the ball on a big case involving Medicaid payments. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses this development and its potential impact on the governor’s campaign. 

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Americans have jousted over abortion for decades. Some supporters of abortion rights thought the 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that permitted legal abortions would end the debate. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says they were wrong.

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Health care costs for poor residents keep increasing in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if one of these state governments is giving some businesses a free ride.

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It’s well past time for the Statehouse scofflaws –Governor Gina Raimondo’s administration and the General Leadership—to be held accountable for the latest embarrassment.

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The Rhode Island economy is sure to be a crucial topic in the state’s 2018 political campaigns. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay says there is improvement, but the Ocean State is still a long way from flourishing.

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Rhode Island state and local government have grappled with police and firefighter disability pensions for many years.  Now, as RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains, two recent  Rhode Island Supreme Court have gone against police and firefighters. 


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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has delivered her annual state budget proposal to the General Assembly. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says her objective this year for the $9.4 billion tax and spending proposal is focused on voters.


Eugene McCaffrey, a former Rhode Island Democratic state representative, state senator and mayor of Warwick, has died. He was 84.

McCaffrey was the father of Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey, D-Warwick.

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Former Gov. and U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee is back on the scene with a series of media appearances. Chafee is thinking about running for governor again, but RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay wonders why. 

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In a letter to doctors, Lifespan CEO Dr. Timothy J. Babineau has criticized the proposed merger of Boston-based Partner HealthCare and Lifespan’s chief Rhode Island competition, Care New England.

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The latest twist in the never-ending 38  Studios soap opera is the joust over grand jury secrecy.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this spat is more about politics than legal precedent.

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What’s broken about Rhode Island’s mental health system and what would it take to fix the problems? 

'Twas the night before Christmas at the Rhode Island Statehouse and not a creature was stirring or clicking a mouse.

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The plan to improve the Port of Providence and a proposal to build a new power plan in Burrillville have stirred vigorous debates in recent weeks. 

Gov. Gina Raimondo has scheduled a sit-down with plant opponents. Rhode Island. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if these plans will reprise the 20th Century battles  between environmentalists and business and labor interests. 

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Bernie Sanders campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is winding down. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay ponders what’s next for the Vermont senator and the movement he and his followers built. 

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