On Politics

Rhode Island Public Radio's political blog. Scott MacKay and Ian Donnis keep you up-to-date with the latest in political news from around Rhode Island.

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What if there were predictions of a big snow storm and the forecasted flakes failed to materialize? Well, unexpected stuff happens -- in weather, as in politics. With that note, 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.

Rhode Island and Connecticut are two bordering New England states whose residents have usually gotten along. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders has noticed that relations have gotten chippy lately. (Advance copy of commentary scheduled to air Monday.)

On a map, Connecticut and Rhode Island are joined at the hip. Two tiny  New England states whose residents have long kept their resentments and rivalries muted.

Latino Public Radio will end its programming at 1290 AM after March 31, becoming an internet-based station, due to budgetary issues at LPR, according to the management of Rhode Island Public Radio.

RIPR, which had a programming agreement with LPR, announced this development in a statement from the public-relations firm Duffy & Shanley. According to the statement, LPR terminated its programming agreement with RIPR.

Univerity of Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island basketball coach Dan Hurley, who has resurrected the URI men’s program and taken the Rams to two consecutive NCAA tournaments, is leaving to coach at the University of Connecticut for a salary reported to be about $3 million a year.

U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse were among the Democrats voting with Republicans Tuesday to block a move to end American support for a Saudi-led coalition in a war in Yemen.

"I share the concerns of many colleagues about the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Yemen," Whitehouse said in a statement. "I don't see how precipitous withdrawal of the limited support the U.S. military provides would make things better in achieving our humanitarian or strategic aims, and voting on it without hearings or committee work seems rash."

Rhode Island Department of Public Safety

Fees from Rhode Island's E-911 program have been diverted for other uses since the fees were introduced in 1997.

The E-911 program faces criticism from state Rep. Robert Lancia (R-Cranston), who fears that under-staffing could cause delays in responding to an emergency, and a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, who calls Rhode Island one of the most egregious offenders in diverting funds meant for 911 services.

We're closing in on the start of the baseball season, although you might not know it from the weather. Plus, the political cauldron continues to boil in the Biggest Little. So thanks for stopping by. Your comments are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go. 

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

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.

Talia Blake / RIPR

Rhode Island's two U.S. senators have expressed reservations about President Trump’s choice to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, who faces scrutiny for her role in running a black site in Thailand after 9/11.

President Trump used a tweet over the weekend to fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

This week offered further proof that Rhode Island politics is the gift that keeps giving, right? 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.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

The first public opinion poll of the 2018 Rhode Island campaign for governor shows a near dead heat between Republican Allan Fung and incumbent Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo.  RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay parses the bad news for Raimondo.

Brown University officials announced Thursday that the university has canceled plans to bring a house belonging to the family of Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks to Providence as part of an exhibition on the Civil Rights movement and Parks place in it.

Rhode Island’s jobless rate was 4.5 percent in January, slightly above the national rate of 4.1 percent, according to date released by the state Department of Labor and Training.

Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

The Rhode Island Republican Party has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission over a fundraising agreement between Gov. Gina Raimondo and the Providence Democratic City Committee.

Matt Brown

Former Rhode Island Secretary of State Matt Brown, who vanished from the local political scene after an ill-fated 2006 run for U.S. Senate, said Thursday he's planning an independent campaign for governor.