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Ah, the intra-party fellowship of the holiday season! That's one of one of our top themes this week, so thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

As we near the end of 2017, Rhode Island Public Radio Political Analyst Scott MacKay has  been reflecting on the year in politics and the year ahead. Today he brings us his annual ode, “Twas the night before the New General Assembly session, with thanks to poet Clement Moore. (Advance copy of commentary that airs Monday).

Twas the Night Before Christmas and all through the Rhode Island Statehouse, the pols were stirring, with the Senate calling the House a louse.

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The Pawtucket Red Sox management says it has concerns with and is not ready to get behind a revised stadium financing plan floated last week by the Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee.

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RIPR political reporter Ian Donnis has learned that Darin Early, COO of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, is leaving in January and will be replaced by Jesse Saglio, according to commerce secretary, Stefan Pryor.

More proof positive this week that Rhode Island politics *is* the gift that keeps on giving. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Without further ado, here we go.

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The holiday season is in full swing.  The Christmas lights are up, the eggnog is in the fridge and the TV Pundits are talking about the “War on Christmas.” RIPR  political analyst Scott MacKay says this cliché deserves a closer look.   


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A revised bill unveiled Thursday for funding a new PawSox stadium makes a series of changes, including the steering of more stadium revenue to the City of Pawtucket, although the outlook for the proposal remains uncertain in the General Assembly.

Amid a rising chorus of calls Wednesday for U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota to resign, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed said Franken should step down.

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Former state Rep. Joe Trillo, a one-time national committeeman for the Rhode Island Republican Party, scrambled the Ocean State's 2018 field for governor by announcing Tuesday that he will run as an independent.

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Longtime Rhode Island fundraiser Dee Dee Witman has signed on to help Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung with his fundraising.

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The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and state Auditor General Dennis Hoyle have offered qualified support for the debt service obligations of a proposed new stadium in downtown Pawtucket, according to documents released by the state Senate Monday.

There's barely a month left in 2017, meaning we're on the brink of what promises to be a dynamic election year in Rhode Island. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Thursday, President Donald Trump participated in a venerable ceremony than harkens back to the Calvin Coolidge Administration in the 1920s – the annual lighting of the national Christmas Tree.

At a speech in Missouri Wednesday, the president opened his remarks by saying, “I told you we would be saying Merry Christmas, again right?”

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The Internet has revolutionized communications in the 21st Century. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this open communication system is threatened by a move in Washington, D.C., to remove Internet neutrality.


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The longtime head of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, A.T. Wall, is retiring. He plans to leave the prison system early next year.

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