general assembly http://ripr.org en Campaign Finance Angle Emerges In Gordon Fox Probe http://ripr.org/post/campaign-finance-angle-emerges-gordon-fox-probe <p></p><p>The investigators who raided former House Speaker Gordon Fox's Statehouse office and East Side home <a href="http://ripr.org/post/state-police-federal-authorities-raid-house-speaker-s-office">on March 21 </a>appear to be examining Fox's campaign fundraising.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:53:42 +0000 Ian Donnis 32138 at http://ripr.org Campaign Finance Angle Emerges In Gordon Fox Probe Ajello, Tsiongas Endorse Regunberg for State Rep http://ripr.org/post/ajello-tsiongas-endorse-regunberg-state-rep <p>Aaron Regunberg, a candidate for the state representative seat being vacated by former House speaker Goron Fox, has won the endorsement of Representative Edith Ajello and former rep Nick Tsiongas.</p><p>Ajello, who lost her post as chair of the House Judiciary Committee after Nicholas Mattiello won the fight to succeed Fox as speaker, is a liberal favorite on Providence's East Side. Tsiongas formerly represented the East Side's Mount Hope and Summit neighborhoods.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:14:45 +0000 Ian Donnis 32134 at http://ripr.org Mediation Over; Pension Dispute Headed to Trial in September http://ripr.org/post/mediation-over-pension-dispute-headed-trial-september <p></p><p>Rhode Island's multi-billion dollar pension dispute appears headed to a September 15 trial date in Superior Court after a breakdown in attempts to resolve the conflict through mediation.</p><p>Each side blamed the other for the impasse following more than a year of talks.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:01:06 +0000 Ian Donnis 31919 at http://ripr.org Mediation Over; Pension Dispute Headed to Trial in September Judge Considers Request to Release 4000+ Pages of 38 Studios Depositions http://ripr.org/post/judge-considers-request-release-4000-pages-38-studios-depositions <p>Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein took under advisement Friday morning a request to release 4000-plus pages of depositions in the state's lawsuit over failed video game company 38 Studios.</p><p>Silverstein heard about 90 minutes of competing arguments that releasing the depositions will either serve the public interest or compromise the right to fair trial of at least some of the defendants in the case. It's not clear when he'll decide the request to release the depositions, which was made by the Providence Journal and the House Oversight Committee.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:20:19 +0000 Ian Donnis 31913 at http://ripr.org Bonus Q&A: Marcello on Ethics, Mattiello's Speakership, Guns & More http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-marcello-ethics-mattiellos-speakership-guns-more <p>State Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate) joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his fight for the speakership with Nicholas Mattiello and a host of other issues, including guns, ethics, the budget outlook, and more.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 31871 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Marcello on the Pension Dispute, Speaker Fight, Brown Poll & More http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-marcello-pension-dispute-speaker-fight-brown-poll-more <p></p><p>State Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate), who made an unsuccessful challenge for the House speakership last month, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the latest developments in the state pension dispute; fallout from changes at the House; a new Brown University poll; whether public dollars should help revitalize the vacant Superman Building; and more.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 31846 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Marcello on the Pension Dispute, Speaker Fight, Brown Poll & More Marcello On Fallout From the Speaker Fight http://ripr.org/post/marcello-fallout-speaker-fight <p></p><p>State Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate), who <a href="http://ripr.org/post/mattiello-wins-overwhelming-vote-speaker-vows-economic-focus">lost the battle last month to succeed Gordon Fox</a> as House speaker, says he's unsure if members of the faction that backed him will try to increase their numbers by supporting primary challengers this September.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:46:20 +0000 Ian Donnis 31870 at http://ripr.org Marcello On Fallout From the Speaker Fight House Oversight Committee Meets For First Time With New Leadership http://ripr.org/post/house-oversight-committee-meets-first-time-new-leadership <p>The House Oversight Committee will hold its first meeting Thursday since recently getting a new chairwoman.&nbsp; The new chair has been a sharp critic of paying back bondholders who invested in failed video game company 38 Studios.</p><p></p><p>After winning his post last month, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello ousted his rival for the speakership, Michael Marcello, from the chairmanship of House Oversight. He replaced Marcello with Representative Karen MacBeth of Cumberland, who sharply criticized last year’s payment to bondholders in 38 Studios.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:46:42 +0000 Ian Donnis 31831 at http://ripr.org House Oversight Committee Meets For First Time With New Leadership Chafee Says He's Still Hopeful on Pension Settlement http://ripr.org/post/chafee-says-hes-still-hopeful-pension-settlement <p></p><p>Governor Lincoln Chafee says he remains hopeful the proposed state pension settlement can be salvaged, possibly by leaving out the police group that was the only one of six in an initial round of voting <a href="http://ripr.org/post/pension-settlement-doubt-now-taft-carter-orders-both-sides-back-mediation">to reject the deal</a>.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:26:39 +0000 Ian Donnis 31704 at http://ripr.org Chafee Says He's Still Hopeful on Pension Settlement Pension Settlement in Doubt For Now; Taft-Carter Orders Both Sides Back to Mediation http://ripr.org/post/pension-settlement-doubt-now-taft-carter-orders-both-sides-back-mediation <p>In a move that could send the battle over Rhode Island's 2011 pension overhaul back to court, one of the six plaintiff groups that had to initially sign off on a proposed settlement has voted against the deal.</p><p>As a result, Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter has ordered the two sides in the dispute -- the state and a series of public-employee unions -- back to mediation. Taft-Carter is slated to get an update on the talks next Monday, April 14.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:53:15 +0000 Ian Donnis 31648 at http://ripr.org Pension Settlement in Doubt For Now; Taft-Carter Orders Both Sides Back to Mediation