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The first general election poll is out in the Rhode Island governor campaign and the kickoff television debate is Thursday. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says Republican Allan Fung’s biggest obstacle is the lack of unity in his own party.

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Rhode Island voters head to polls in primary elections Wednesday. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has been thinking about what’s at stake as candidates jockey for positions in the November midterm elections.

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It’s Labor Day, when we honor workers and the unions that gave them better lives. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this year’s big labor issue is the fate of public employee unions, following asignificant Supreme Court decision. 


Summer is fading, the kids are headed back to school and the political campaign season is getting serious. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay looks at the biggest upcoming Rhode Island statewide primary contests. 


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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.

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The election season starts early next month with primaries in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Rhode Island Public Radio Political Analyst Scott MacKay takes this opportunity to consider New England’s history of restricting who can cast ballots. 

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Americans have jousted over abortion for decades. Some supporters of abortion rights thought the 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that permitted legal abortions would end the debate. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says they were wrong.

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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. 

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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Providence is looking to solve a yawning employee pension problem by leveraging the water system that supplies drinking water to 60 percent of Rhode Island. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says this plan deserves more scrutiny.

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Last week’s Rhode Island political developments among both Democrats and Republicans shook up the 2018 political campaigns. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay analyzes the new landscape.


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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo faces headwinds in her reelection campaign. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses why the governor is so well-regarded outside the state but not so well-liked at home. 

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It’s that time of year again: income tax filings are due. And candidates for governor are talking about cutting taxes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says voters should be wary of political tax promises.

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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.

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The Rhode Island economy is sure to be a crucial topic in the state’s 2018 political campaigns. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay says there is improvement, but the Ocean State is still a long way from flourishing.

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