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On Politics
3:24 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Passing the torch to a new generation of RI pols

Out with old and in with the new. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why that may be the theme of Rhode Island’s 2014 election cycle.

John F. Kennedy put it eloquently in his 1961 inaugural address: ``Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.’’

The Ocean State elections promise to turn friend into foe, but that happens every two years in our insular political culture. What is becoming notable as the parade forms for the 2014 is the changing of the generational guard.

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On Politics
11:45 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Jason Pleau sentenced to life in prison for Woonsocket murder

The murder case that pitted Gov. Lincoln Chafee against federal prosecutors over the issue of the death penalty has been closed with a life prison sentence for Jason Pleau, who shot and killed a Woonsocket gas station manager in 2010.

Pleau was sentenced to life without parole in U.S. District Court by Judge William E. Smith. Pleau, 35, of Providence, shot David Main at close range as Main approached the doorstep of a Woonsocket bank where he was to have deposited the gas station receipts.

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On Politics
5:02 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Raimondo's retort to pension critics: Send her campaign cash

So here is State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s response to criticism of her state pension investment strategy: Send campaign cash!

In an e-mail message, Raimondo denounces critics of her pension investments as partisans. ``You might haved seen the latest round of attacks against me by a `pension expert’ who was paid tens of thousands of dollars by a Rhode Island special interest group to criticize our work stabilizing our state’s failing pension system. Make no mistake: These attacks were personal, recycled an an attempt to take down pension reform.’’

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On Politics
4:38 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Sen. Whitehouse uses government shutdown to raise campaign cash

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has become the second member of the RI Washington, D.C. delegation to use the 16-day federal government shutdown as a rationale for raising campaign dollars. In an e-mail message to supporters, Whitehouse decries the Republican-inspired closing of the federal government.

``If there is one thing we have learned in these past weeks, it’s that the Tea Party will go to great lengths – including putting the American economy in danger and holding our government hostage – to destroy Obamacare,’’ writes Democrat Whitehouse.

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On Politics
12:45 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Chafee win plaudits for advancing women in RI government

Gov. Lincoln Chafee may be a lame duck but he is getting some love from the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island and Vision 2020 for his appointments of women to Rhode Island state boards and commissions.

The report by the advocates of women in government shows that women now hold 34 percent of state commission and board appointments. Since taking office Chafee has appointed 441 women to boards and commissions out of 1,071 total appointments.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:25 am
Mon October 21, 2013

What Ever Happened To Gun Control In Rhode Island?

Despite calls for more gun control, little has happened in the last year in the Ocean State.
Credit Don Boorman / RIPR

In the aftermath of last year’s Newtown school shootings, Rhode Island politicians leaped on the gun control bandwagon. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what’s happened since.

After last December’s horrific school massacre in Connecticut, political leaders from the White House to the Rhode Island State House vowed to crack down on gun violence. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed all advocated measures to advance gun control in our state.

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On Politics
1:22 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

New York Times columnist questions Raimondo's pension investment strategy

The disputes over State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s pension investment strategy rages on. The latest  salvo comes from Gretchen Morgenson, the respected financial columnist for the New York Times.

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On Politics
4:58 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Do RI lawmakers care about gun carnage?

In the aftermath of last year’s Newtown school shootings, Rhode Island politicians leaped on the gun control bandwagon. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what’s happened since.

After last December’s horrific school massacre in Connecticut, political leaders from the White House to the Rhode Island State House vowed to crack down on gun violence. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed all advocated measures to advance gun control in our state.

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On Politics
2:51 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Shutdown over, Cicilline gets down to what Congress does best

There is one element of the U.S. Congress that  government shutdowns, fiscal Thelma and Louise threats, and the endless disputes over Obamacare never seem to touch: the relentless search for campaign money by senators and representatives.

The latest Rhode Island example is 1st District Democratic Congressman David Cicilline. The ink was barely dry on the eleventh-hour deal that delayed the shutdown craziness for 90 days or so when Cicilline was on the Internet, begging for campaign money.

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On Politics
3:00 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Mike Guilfoyle leaves Bishop Tobin for Assumption College media relations post

Mike Guilfoyle, the smart and helpful press spokesman for Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, is leaving the diocese to become Assumption College’s communications chief.

``Michael brings over 15 years of senior leadership experience in the communications field to Assumption marketing and communications efforts,’’ said college president Francesco Cesareo. ``His professionalism, creativity and understanding of social media will serve the college well.’’

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