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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Mattiello on Medicaid, Ethics, Legalizing Pot & More,

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Bonus Q+A to discuss the PawSox' proposal for a Providence stadium; state efforts to curb Medicaid spending; the state of ethics reform at the Statehouse; and much more.

You can hear more of our conversation with Speaker Mattiello on Political Roundtable.

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On Politics
12:58 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Speaker Mattiello Wants to Eliminate the "Taylor Swift Tax"

The House, led by Mattiello, has yet to put its imprint on Raimondo's proposed budget.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello wants to eliminate the "Taylor Swift tax"  -- Governor Gina Raimondo's proposed statewide property tax on vacation homes worth more than $1 million.

"I'm hoping that the revenues are there to eliminate that," Mattiello said during a taping Thursday of Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Roundtable. "You could look to see that eliminated. I agree with the public sentiment that you don't open the door to a new tax, because it's just going to expand in the future, so that's something that I'm really looking to eliminate."

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On Politics
2:28 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Governor For A Day Khatima Bulmer Embraces "Girl Power"

Khatima, right, during her visit with Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

An 11-year-old Newport girl, Khatima Bulmer, got VIP access to the corridors of power at the Statehouse as the state’s governor for a day on Wednesday.

Bulmer got the distinction by winning an essay contest organized by the Ocean State’s first female governor, Gina Raimondo.

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On Politics
9:45 am
Tue April 21, 2015

To Compete With Mass.,Twin River Proposes Moving Gambling From Newport Grand To Tiverton Location

The chair of Twin River's board, John E. Taylor Jr., outlines the proposal for what he calls a convenience casino in Tiverton.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The parent company of Twin River proposed Tuesday, in essence, to relocate Newport Grand's video lottery terminals to a new location in Tiverton, close to the border with Fall River, Massachusetts, while adding 30 to 40 table games at the new site.

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On Politics
5:15 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

TGIF: 18 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

After two snow-packed months, the apparent settling of the pension conflict, and Lincoln Chafee's surprising emergence as a possible presidential hopeful, Rhode Island confronts a sharp debate involving baseball, public dollars, and the future of the state. No pressure, right? Thanks, as always, for stopping by for my weekly column. Feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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