Nick Mattiello

The calendar flips from summer to fall, and we move ever closer to the November election. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Most of the media coverage of last week’s Rhode Island primaries focused on the statewide contests for governor and lieutenant governor. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says if you are seeking clues to change, look at General Assembly and city council contests.

Now that we political junkies have spent a year or so obsessing about the Rhode Island primary, there's just a bit more than seven weeks until Rhode Island's general election on November 6. 

Moira Walsh

While Matt Brown’s underfunded and underwhelming primary campaign from the left failed to even dent Gov. Gina Raimondo’s march to a second term as Rhode Island’s first female governor, progressive Democrat Aaron Regunberg, a 28-year old Providence state representative, fared much better and ran a close, but ultimately losing bid, against incumbent Lt. Gov. Dan McKee of Cumberland.

Rhode Island's primary election is almost here, and there's a lot on the line -- and a hurricane may land around mid-week, potentially suppressing turnout. 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.

We're getting down to the wire, with less than two weeks until Rhode Island's September 12 primary election. 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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Republican Steven Frias, who lost a close state representative race to Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello in 2016, is stepping up his criticism of Mattiello.

In a statement Monday, Frias said Mattiello should have fired Frank Montanaro, the head of the Joint Committee on Legislative Services, the legislature’s spending and hiring arm, after revelations in 2017 that Montanaro got about $50,000 in free college tuition while working at the legislature,

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Rivulets of sweat coursed across Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien’s face and Gov. Gina Raimondo tried gamely to keep her piano key smile frozen as a gaggle of pols, state officials and union and business poohbahs crammed into a steamy Slater Mill this morning to try to put their spin on the loss of the Pawtucket Red Sox to Worcester.

The end of an era is dawning, with plans by the PawSox to move to Worcester -- a story that will continue to reverberate 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. (Program note: I'm taking next week off, so TGIF will return August 31.)

The Pawtucket Red Sox drew fans to McCoy Stadium with the slogan “where the dreams begin.” With the team’s decision to move to Worcester,  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it makes Rhode Island seem more like where baseball dreams die


Summer is zipping by, with August coming up fast and the September primary not far behind. So thanks for stopping by for the return of 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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Steven Frias, the Republican running for the state representative seat held by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello (D-Cranston) joins Bonus Q&A this week to talk about his campaign and related issues, including the PawSox, taxes, the minimum wage, state spending and more.

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Steven Frias, the Republican challenging Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, joins Political Roundtable to discuss his campaign and its potential impact, a scuffle over rent in Cranston, and more.

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Truckers are now paying tolls on the Rhode Island side of on Interstate 95. They've racked up more than a half million dollars in just the first month of the tolling program.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that’s hardly the end of this debate.

  

‘Tis the season of road and bridge construction. It seems like you can’t drive anywhere without encountering the pungent odor of fresh asphalt, the drone of backhoes and long lines of the unofficial summer state tree --- the orange highway cone.

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Rhode Island politics is once again enveloped in the economic rating game. Some national rankings show the state’s economy to be doing well, while others don’t. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay is skeptical of all the rankings, ratings and lists.

The CNBC business network recently ranked Rhode Island at 45 out of 50 on its 2018 list of the top states for business. Business Insider's web site put Rhode Island much higher, stating it has the ninth best business climate in the country.

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