Politics http://ripr.org en Political Roundtable: de Ramel on Lobbyists, Newport Grand & The Race for Governor http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-de-ramel-lobbyists-newport-grand-race-governor <p></p><p>Democratic secretary of state candidate Guillaume de Ramel joins Political Roundtable to discuss his campaign; disclosure shortcomings involving lobbyists; the Democratic race for governor; and other issues.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36517 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: de Ramel on Lobbyists, Newport Grand & The Race for Governor Bonus Q&A: de Ramel on His Run for Secretary of State & More http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-de-ramel-his-run-secretary-state-more <p>Democratic secretary of state candidate Guillaume de Ramel joined Bonus Q+A this week to discuss his run campaign and a host of related issues, including business regulation, early voting, and how to encourage more political competition.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36532 at http://ripr.org Rhody Votes '14: Dems for Governor Debate http://ripr.org/post/rhody-votes-14-dems-governor-debate <p>The Democratic candidates running for governor took part in a special, live edition of The Political Roundtable. Todd Giroux, Clay Pell, Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras answered questions from our moderators and asked each other questions.&nbsp;</p><p>You can hear the program in its three segments here:</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:25:43 +0000 Catherine Welch 36435 at http://ripr.org Rhody Votes '14: Dems for Governor Debate Rhody Votes '14 http://ripr.org/post/rhody-votes-14 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:57:59 +0000 RIPR Newsroom 36430 at http://ripr.org Whitehouse Leading Efforts To Keep Federal Highway Trust Afloat http://ripr.org/post/whitehouse-leading-efforts-keep-federal-highway-trust-afloat <p>Lawmakers are running out of time to shore up money for the Federal Highway Trust Fund. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is helping spearhead efforts.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:48:52 +0000 John Bender 36385 at http://ripr.org Whitehouse Leading Efforts To Keep Federal Highway Trust Afloat Judge Set To Hear First Settlement Case Out Of 38 Studios Lawsuit http://ripr.org/post/judge-set-hear-first-settlement-case-out-38-studios-lawsuit <p>A Superior Court judge is scheduled Tuesday to consider the first settlement growing out of the state’s lawsuit over 38 Studios. The settlement calls for the state to get a payment of $4.3 million.</p><p></p><p>After 38 Studios went bankrupt in 2012, the state sued 14 defendants to try to cut down the roughly $90 million owed by taxpayers. The first proposed settlement in the case was announced late last month. It involves the law firm of Moses Afonso Ryan, which served as bond counsel for the ill-fated 38 Studios project.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:41:12 +0000 Ian Donnis 36384 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Brown on Civil Liberties, the General Assembly, and the Hobby Lobby Decision http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-brown-civil-liberties-general-assembly-and-hobby-lobby-decision <p></p><p>Steve Brown, executive director of the Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss a new law instituting harsher sentences for gang-related crime; the 2014 session of the General Assembly; the US Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision; and why the ACLU opposes the convening of a constitutional convention.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36120 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Brown on Civil Liberties, the General Assembly, and the Hobby Lobby Decision Table Games Back On The Ballot After Senate Reconvenes http://ripr.org/post/table-games-back-ballot-after-senate-reconvenes <p>In what the Senate president called “an abundance of caution” the state senate voted again and approved a bill putting casino gambling in Newport on the November ballot.</p><p></p><p>Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed says the governor’s legal counsel was worried that the part of the bill giving $1.5 million dollars to Newport would be considered an appropriation. And appropriation measures need a two-thirds majority, or 26 votes. It got only 24 votes in the final hours of the session.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:33:03 +0000 Catherine Welch 36053 at http://ripr.org Table Games Back On The Ballot After Senate Reconvenes Buddy Cianci Running Again For Providence Mayor http://ripr.org/post/buddy-cianci-running-again-providence-mayor <p>After claiming not to have his mind made up before taking to the airwaves for his afternoon talk show, 73-year-old Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr. revealed Wednesday he's staging an improbable comeback to become the next mayor of Providence.</p><p></p><p>Cianci is running as an independent -- the same approach he used during his 1990 return to power&nbsp; -- in a close three-way race, after having first won office in 1974 as a Republican.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:06:22 +0000 Ian Donnis, Catherine Welch & Scott MacKay 35755 at http://ripr.org Buddy Cianci Running Again For Providence Mayor Several Veterans Bills Make It Through The RI General Assembly http://ripr.org/post/several-veterans-bills-make-it-through-ri-general-assembly <p>Several veteran-related bills made it through the General Assembly and are on their way to the governor’s desk. One of those bills gives disabled veterans waivers for classes at state colleges and universities.</p><p></p><p>Another bill lets honorably discharged veterans and National Guard reservists transfer skills they’ve learned during their service to fulfill requirements for trade apprenticeships.</p><p>Lawmakers also passed a resolution urging employers to give veterans who work for them time off on Veteran’s Day.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:16:45 +0000 Catherine Welch 35631 at http://ripr.org Several Veterans Bills Make It Through The RI General Assembly