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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Pre-2013 archives of the On Politics​ blog can be found here.

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.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Hundreds of people came to the Rhode Island Statehouse Tuesday to testify for and against a series of gun-related bills.

Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

A poll released Monday by WPRI-TV, Channel 12, shows Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and one of the Republicans seeking to challenge her, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, in a statistical dead heat.

Former Rhode Island State Rep. Peter Palumbo, a Cranston Democrat, in plea deal with the attorney general’s office in a campaign finance case, has been found guilty of unlawful appropriation of more than $1,000 from his campaign fund, sentenced to probation and ordered pay restitution.

March is here, along with a new activist movement influencing the gun debate in Rhode Island. 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.

Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is facing criticism from his rivals in the gubernatorial race for taking too long to share his views with voters.

Fung announced his latest run for governor last October.

But his campaign has declined to answer some policy questions from some news organizations, including Rhode Island Public Radio.

Cano for Senate

Pawtucket City Councilor Sandra Cano scored a deeisive victory on the Democratic side of a primary Tuesday to fill a vacant state Senate seat, while Republican Nathan Luciano prevailed on the GOP side of the race.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

The mass shootings that have punctuated America life in recent history linger as milestones in the mind of Adah Bryan, a freshman at Classical High School in Providence.

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