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On Politics
2:45 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Providence East Side: Where democracy flourishes in House District 4

While pols and pundits lament the lack of competition in R.I. House elections across Rhode Island – almost half of all lawmakers are unopposed – that isn’t the case on Providence’s East Side House District 4.

The seat opened up after the incumbent, former House Speaker Gordon Fox, stepped away after his capitol office and home were raided by state and federal agents in March. Fox hasn’t been charged with any crimes yet, but he wisely decided against running again.

Three well-qualified Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination in the September 9 primary.

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On Politics
4:00 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Congressman Fernand St Germain Dies At 86

Fernand St Germain
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Former U.S. Rep. Fernand  "Fred"' St Germain, who rose from modest roots in French-Canadian Woonsocket to become one of the most powerful politicians in Washington, D.C., only to meet defeat in 1988 among allegations of ethical misconduct, has died. He was 86.

St Germain, a Democrat, first elected in 1960 with President John F. Kennedy, was known for paying vigorous attention to constituent services and bringing federal programs, especially housing for the elderly, to Rhode Island.

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On Politics
12:10 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

RIP. U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords; Ally To John Chafee

It was an improbable tableaux that unfolded in a hotel overlooking Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont, on the afternoon of May 24, 2001: A man so unassuming he was known as `Geesum Jim’, from a state of scant consequence in American politics, changed the course of the most powerful government on earth merely by saying he no longer believed in the Republican Party he grew up in.

That was the day then-U.S. Sen. James M. Jeffords, universally known as ``Jim’’ stood in a hotel ballroom and told the world why he was leaving the Republican Party to caucus with U.S. Senate Democrats.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
3:56 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Down To The Wire In Providence Mayoral Campaign

Jorge Elorza, Brett Smiley, and Micheal Solomon, are coming down to the wire as the Democratic primary for Providence Mayor draws close.
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With three weeks to go, the Providence mayoral campaign is heating up. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what to look for in the Democratic primary as the days dwindle down.

One of Rhode Island’s favorite spectator and participant sports has long been Providence mayor elections. A mélange of circus, street theater and rugby scrum, this year’s campaign is bound to land in the capital city’s political Hall of Fame, and perhaps, shame.

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On Politics
11:34 am
Fri August 15, 2014

The Power Of Incumbency: Reed To Bring Obama Administration Officials To R.I.

For some indication of what Sen. Jack Reed’s reelection campaign will look like: Today’s  announcement of top Obama Administration officials who will be visiting Rhode Island in the coming weeks.

On Monday, August 18, Jane Chu, chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts will touch down in Pawtucket, Providence and East Providence to meet with non-profit and community leaders and local artists.

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On Politics
3:28 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

RI Unemployment Rate Drops To 7.7 Percent In July

Rhode Island's unemployment numbers ticked down this July.
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Rhode Island’s unemployment rate has inched down again, from 7.9 percent in June to 7.7 percent in July, according to data released today by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training.

The 7.7 percent rate is the lowest level since June, 2008, according to figures compiled by the DLT.

The number of Rhode Island based jobs increased by 1,200 from June 2014 and 5,600 since June 2013.

The estimates for nonfarm payroll in the Ocean State was 477,800 in July, the highest number since September 2008.

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On Politics
3:24 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Sen. Reed Supports Obama Iraq Air Strikes

U.S. Sen Jack Reed, D-R.I., supports President Barack Obama’s military air strikes against Islamic militants in Iraq.

In a statement, Reed, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that while he supports the president’s   current air strike policy, he does not back sending ground troops back into Iraq for a extended period.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
4:58 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time For Providence Club Owners To Control Violent Patrons

Providence must figure out a way to deal with the violence springing up in Federal Hill and other neighborhoods with clubs.
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Street crime is once again a political topic in Providence. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for nightclub owners to better control their rowdy customers.

Federal Hill is more restaurant theme park than Little Italy these days. While the Providence neighborhood is dear to older generations of Italian-Americans, it is no longer the fulcrum of such revered up-from-poverty Rhode Islanders as former Sen. John Pastore, who grew up there.

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On Politics
3:40 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

N.Y. Rep. Peter King coming to R.I. to raise money for R.I. GOP

Republican U.S. Rep. Peter King, one of the last of the true moderate Republicans in the U.S. House, is headed to Rhode Island for a fund-raising event for the RI GOP.

King, a Long Island Republican,  will speak at RI Republican Party headquarters on Post Road in Warwick on August 15. The cost is $125 per person or $200 per couple for a VIP lunch and discussion with Congressman King. There is also a $50 per person lunch option ($90 per couple). For further information call 401-732-8282.

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On Politics
2:12 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

For Bill Clinton, FOB Magaziner trumps past Caprio support

In December, 1991 Bill Clinton swooped into Providence for a University Club fund-raiser for his nascent presidential campaign. He arrived at Green Airport in a small  private plane and was met by former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino, Suzanne Magaziner and her young son.

As Clinton got off the plane, he reached out and patted the young boy on the head. ``Hey Seth, how areyah?, said the Arkansas governor in the drawl that would become known around the world after his 1992 election as president.

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