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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It remains unclear if the Pawtucket Red Sox will support the revised stadium plan unveiled this week by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

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With the House Finance Committee set to review a revised PawSox stadium plan on Thursday, debate continues about whether the project is good or bad for Rhode Island taxpayers.

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Former U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee has decided against pursuing the post he lost to U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in 2006.

It's Memorial Day weekend, a time to reflect on the sacrifices of others while also looking to summer pleasures. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can reach me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has overthrown a ban on sports betting. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay looks at the pros and cons of allowing states to legalize wagering on sports. 

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has approved the cuts in state retiree pensions approved by the General Assembly seven years ago, in a decision released today.

The court ruled against a group of more than 100 retired public employees who took their legal case to the state’s highest court in their battle to overturn the changes designed to save taxpayers about $4 billion in unfunded pension liabilities.

Sulina Mohanty, chairwoman of the RI Democratic Party's Women's Caucus, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss activism, the caucus' efforts, the impact of President Trump in Rhode Island and much more.

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New York developer Jason Fane’s proposal for a 600-foot residential tower in Providence’s I-195 District has sparked sharp debate. Fane calls his concept an iconic structure that would bring fresh vitality to Rhode Island’s capital. But opponents say the scale of the project is too big, and that the I-195 District is the wrong location.

Rhode Island’s largest state employee union, Council 94 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has ratified a three-year contract with Gov. Gina Raimond's Administration that provides pay raises of 7.5 percent over the life of the agreement.

J. Michael Downey, president of Council 94, said the final vote was an overwhelming 1,624 to 439. The raises area retroactive to January, 2018, he said.

The union represents almost 4,000 state workers. The contract also calls for changes in health insurance benefits that are expected to save money.

Donald J. Farish, who as president of Roger Williams University since 2011 has been credited with expanding programs and redefining the school for the 21st Century, plans to retire in June 2019 when his contract expires, the university’s Board of Trustees announced today.

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the upcoming exhibition of “Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance, 1850 to 1970.”

Gorham, an iconic Rhode Island company, projected uniquely American design  on the world stage. This exhibition casts a new light on the golden era of the Providence-based firm that was first established in 1831.

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Tax incentives approved Monday by the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. board -- including a previously announced agreement with submarine maker Electric Boat -- will create 2,000 jobs and about 1,000 more construction jobs, according to Gov. Gina Raimondo.

Campaign season continues to heat up, with the end-of-June filing deadline drawing ever closer. 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.

Scott Avedisian is leaving after nearly two decades as Warwick’s mayor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay caught up with Avedisian last week on his final day in office.

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Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss the fate of the PawSox stadium plan, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza's proposed monetization of the Providence water supply, the line item veto, and much more.

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