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Rhode Island Public Radio's political blog. Scott MacKay and Ian Donnis keep you up-to-date with the latest in political news from around Rhode Island.

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On Politics
2:01 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Mediation Over; Pension Dispute Headed to Trial in September

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.

Each side blamed the other for the impasse following more than a year of talks.

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On Politics
12:20 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Judge Considers Request to Release 4000+ Pages of 38 Studios Depositions

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.

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.

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On Politics
4:46 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Marcello On Fallout From the Speaker Fight

Marcello (right) during the speaker vote on March 25.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate), who lost the battle last month to succeed Gordon Fox 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.

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On Politics
2:28 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Solomon Raises $137K+ in Q1; War Chest Tops $600K

City Council President Michael Solomon has continued his pacesetting fundraising among Providence mayoral candidates, collecting more than $137,000 in the first quarter of 2014 to push his war chest past the $600,000 mark.

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On Politics
9:17 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Brown Poll Shows Raimondo and Taveras Locked In A Virtual Tie

The race to pick Rhode Island's next governor is still up for grabs.

A new Brown University poll shows Democratic gubernatorial candidates Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo locked in a virtual dead heat, with Clay Pell lagging behind in the race. The poll (albeit from a tiny sample size of 86 somewhat or very likely GOP voters) shows a similar scenario with Republicans Ken Block and Allan Fung.

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On Politics
5:20 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Taveras & Raimondo Campaigns Trade Shots on the Pension Settlement

In a preview of things to come as Rhode Island's Democratic primary grows more intense, the campaigns of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo are trading sharp jabs over the handling of the high-stakes state pension conflict.

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On Politics
12:26 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Chafee Says He's Still Hopeful on Pension Settlement

Chafee announcing the proposed pension settlement on February 14.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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 to reject the deal.

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On Politics
7:52 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Ted Kennedy Jr. to enter family business

Ted Kennedy Jr., is about to enter the family business. Kennedy, son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy and brother of former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy, is slated today to announce his candidacy for state Senate in Connecticut, where he has lived for many years.

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On Politics
12:53 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Pension Settlement in Doubt For Now; Taft-Carter Orders Both Sides Back to Mediation

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.

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.

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On Politics
1:36 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Former Rep. Peter Wasylyk heads back to RI Statehouse

On occasion the best way to pick up Rhode Island political tidbits is to head to Boston, specifically to Fenway Park on the afternoon of the home opener, aka the Big Papi show.

As usual, former Providence Democratic state and devout Sawx fan Rep. Peter Wasylyk was in his seat near the first base line cheering on the team. During a brief conversation, he confirmed that he is going back to the Statehouse to become legal counsel to the new House Majority Leader, Rep. John DeSimone, D-North Providence.

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