Scott MacKay Commentary: Of Raimondo, Immigrants And Road Signs

Political scientists recall a time when elected officials campaigned for office, then laid off the political pitches while they governed. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says those days are long gone.

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Some NE Patriots Protest Trump's Comments By Taking A Knee

Seventeen players on the New England Patriots took a knee Sunday, following comments from President Donald Trump that players who protest in such a fashion deserve to be suspended or fired-- others linked arms.

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Peter F. Neronha of Jamestown, the former U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island, will announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Rhode Island attorney general.  Neronha, a Jamestown native and Democrat, will make his announcement  on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Jamestown ferry landing.

A career state and federal prosecutor, Neronha  will be joined at his announcement by family, friends and community leaders. The current attorney general, Democrat Peter Kilmartin, is serving his second term and is term-limited so he cannot run for a third term.

The Native American group that camped out for weeks on land owned by Brown University has ended their demonstration. The university and the group reached an agreement late last week.

The group, which calls itself the Pokanoket Nation, camped out on Bristol’s Mount Hope for a month. Members called for Brown to return the land to the tribe. The 375 acres of waterfront land was a center for the Pokanoket people in the years before the American Revolution. Brown has owned the property since the 1950s.

More than 1,400 Rhode Island students have enrolled at the Community College of Rhode Island through a new program that gives students two years tuition-free at the state’s only public junior college.

In a statement, CCRI said that first-time, full-time freshman students have jumped by 47 percent as a result of the new program, called the Rhode Island Promise scholarship program.

“We are so pleased to welcome all of our new and returning students to CCRI this fall, especially those in the Rhode Island Promise cohort,” said CCRI President Megan Hughes.

Nothing like a long afternoon-into-night at the Rhode Island Statehouse to add a dash of September excitement, right? We've got it all covered, 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.

Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Walter R. Stone of Bristol, a civil rights activist and one of Rhode Island’s top trial lawyers before his elevation to Superior Court, where he served as one of the very few African-American judges in the state, died today in a Newport hospice after a long illness. He was 73.

The Puerto Rican community in Rhode Island and Massachusetts is teaming-up with local businesses to help Puerto Ricans on the island devastated by recent hurricanes.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable to discuss the PawSox' proposed Pawtucket stadium; her administration's plans for a promotional blitz about her 1,000 days in office; and a bill to expand disability pensions for firefighters.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q&A to discuss UHIP, the I-195 District, her DACA initiative, and much more.


New Englanders largely missed the brunt of Tropical Storm Jose. It’s moved miles off the coast of Massachusetts and is expected to weaken in those waters. Wind energy advocates say Jose’s path to New England illustrates the ideal location for wind turbines.

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The biggest union at The Providence Journal plans to stage a protest outside the newspaper’s Fountain Street office at noon Thursday.


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