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On Politics
5:51 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

First woman firefighter recruit finishes atop new Providence class

Mayor Angel Taveras reports that for the first time in the 159-year history of the Providence Fire Department, a women recruit –Alison Philbrick, 28, of North Providence – is graduating at the top of the 54-member recruit class.

The new recruits range in age from 20 to 44, include 20 Providence residents and three women. Four grads are military veterans, two of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This year marks the 50th class of fire academy graduates in Providence.

Scott MacKay Commentary
9:01 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: A Commercial Christmas Can Help The State's Economy

The 2013 Christmas tree at the Rhode Island Statehouse.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

The hours are dwindling to Christmas and the annual shopping frenzy is on.

Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay says we should shop local to support the Rhode Island the Rhode Island economy, and details what Congress can do to help.

Scott MacKay’s commentary can be heard at 6:35 and 8:35 every Monday on Morning Edition and at 5:50 on All Things Considered. You can also follow his political reporting and analysis at our ‘On Politics’ blog at ripr.org.

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On Politics
4:58 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Scott MacKay's favorite books of 2013

In keeping with what has become an annual tradition, here are our 10 favorite books of 2013. In no particular  order, of course.

Good Prose by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd: A wonderful book for the writer on your Christmas list. This inspiring and instructive work is about the partnership of a great narrative writer (Kidder) and his editor (Todd).

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On Politics
3:01 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

So you think your family is dysfunctional? Try to top Rep. Charlene Lima's

So you think you have a dysfunctional family and are dreading the holidays. Well, the odds are very good that your kin are not as divided as that of Rep. Charlene Lima, a Democrat who represents parts of Cranston and Providence.

Lima is married to a former Democratic state representative, Frank Fiorenzano, a notorious  Providence pol who was convicted in the 1990s of obtaining money under false pretenses after he bilked Statehouse employees and other politicians out of thousands of dollars in a doomed Ponzi-type scheme.

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On Politics
11:49 am
Thu December 19, 2013

What the pols can do to help RI small business

The hours are dwindling to Christmas and the annual shopping frenzy is on. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says we should shop local to support the Rhode Island economy and details what Congress can do to help.

The twinkle of  seasonal  lights on new fallen snow are everywhere,  Christmas shopping is in full blush and youngsters are readying for the annual reading of Clement Clarke Moore’s classic `Twas the Night Before Christmas.’

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On Politics
5:12 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Can Taveras raise enough money to beat Raimondo?

Money isn’t everything in political campaigns. Yet, it is a lot of things, explains Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay who ponders the role of campaign cash in the 2014 RI Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Jesse Unruh, speaker of the California Assembly, coined the term back in 1966. ``Money,’’ said Unruh. ``is the mother’s milk of politics.’’

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On Politics
2:51 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Charles Pinning to read from new novel at Brown Bookstore

Novelist Charles Pinning will  be reading and signing his new book tomorrow (Thursday, Dec.12)  at 5:30 at the Brown University book store. Pinning’s new work, entitled `Irreplaceable’ is set in Rhode Island and is about an art theft at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum that is reminiscent of the great, unsolved heist of precious art from the Isabella  Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

The Brown bookstore is at 244 Thayer Street on Providence’s East Side. The store has a café.

Scott MacKay Commentary
5:34 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: Providence Journal, We Knew Ye Well

The Providence Journal building in downtown Providence
Credit Emma Ruddock / RIPR

For nearly two centuries, the Providence Journal has been Rhode Island’s most important news organization. Now that it is up for sale, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay brings us the ProJo’s  storied  past and uncertain future.

When the first edition of the Providence Journal  was printed in 1829, it was a four-page broadsheet hand pressed into paper fashioned from recycled linen rags.

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On Politics
3:58 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Raimondo supports drivers' licenses for undocumented immigrants, criticizes Taveras

State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo has fired a salvo at her like Democratic gubernatorial opponent, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras over the issue of drivers’ licenses for undocumented immigrants.

In a statement on the social media platform Twitter, Raimondo said she is ``disappointed’’ in Taveras’ position of leaving this matter up to the U.S. Congress.

``This is a public safety issue,’’ said Raimondo, who supports licenses for undocumented immigrants.

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On Politics
12:42 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Raimondo: Happy Thanksgiving, send me campaign money

A window into just how relentless campaign fund-raising has become: Democrat  Gina Raimondo’s latest email wishing Rhode Islanders a Happy Thanksgiving.

The Internet missive contains a photo of the state treasurer with her husband Andy and children Tommy and Ceci. ``At Thanksgiving…I think about everything we are grateful for. We live in an amazing state with so much potential, we are surrounded by family and friends who care about us, and living up to our Italian traditions, we are preparing and eating way too much food.’’

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