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On Politics
5:22 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

It's a new phase in Rhode Island politics, with the election this week of Gina Raimondo as governor, and Jorge Elorza as mayor of Providence. Democrats had a big sweep, while Republicans had to settle for modest gains in the RI House of Representatives. So thanks for stopping by, and 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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On Politics
5:02 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Some General Assembly Races To Keep an Eye On

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Beyond the marquee races for governor and mayor of Providence, Republicans are trying to increase their paltry ranks in the General Assembly -- with just 6 of 75 state reps, and 5 of 38 senators -- and Democrats, naturally, are pushing back.

Here's a look at a dozen top contests being decided on Election Day:

-- Former GOP Rep Dan Reilly is trying to stage a comeback by overcoming Linda Finn (D-Middletown).

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Rhody Votes 2014
6:06 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: A Heated Debate Over The ConCon

Voters will decide on Tuesday whether to approve a Constitutional Convention, known as the ConCon. This is a delegation of elected representative who would recommend changes to the state’s constitution.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay gathered two men for a lively debate: Phil West, retired Executive Director of Common Cause of Rhode Island for the ConCon and Steven Brown, Executive Director of the ACLU of Rhode Island against it.

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Politics
8:57 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: The Major Battles At The State Legislature

In addition to the race for governor, Rhode Islanders will elect, or re-elect their state legislators on November 4th.
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Besides the competitive state elections and ballot questions, voters next week will elect every member of the Rhode Island General Assembly. As part of our Rhody Votes ’14 coverage, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay speaks with morning host Elisabeth Harrison for a look at the major battles in the state legislature.

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Politics
6:17 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Former Delegates Voice Opposition To RI Constitutional Convention

Tom Izzo served as a delegate during the 1986 Constitutional Convention, he now opposes the convention.
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Former delegates to the 1986 Constitutional Convention are speaking out against the event Rhode Islanders will vote on November 4th. 

1986 was the last time the state held a Constitutional Convention.  The state can hold one once every ten years, pending voter approval.  Delegates are elected to the convention which creates legislation then voted on by the public; bypassing the general assembly.  Critics say the delegates can be easily swayed by special interest groups, because they are not seeking reelection.  Tom Izzo was a delegate in 1986.

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Politics
8:09 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Grover Norquist Joins Ken Block In Support Of Constitutional Convention

The Constitutional Convention allows delegates from municipalities across the state to create legislation to be voted on without the General Assembly.
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National anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist visits Rhode Island Thursday for an event supporting a Constitutional Convention.  Voters will decide in November whether the state should hold the convention.

It’s been 28 years since the last time Rhode Island held a Constitutional Convention. They are formed by a body of delegates that creates proposals then voted on by the public. Bypassing the General Assembly. 

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Local Features
4:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

One Square Mile: Cesspools And Sewers Remain a Contentious Subject in Warwick

Save The Bay's Jonathan Stone says speeding the removal of cesspools in Warwick will help Narragansett Bay.
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On a brilliantly sunny recent day at Oakland Beach in Warwick, waves from Narragansett Bay splash against sea rocks, a few sailboats bob in the distance, and scores of people enjoy the chance to be outside.

But the head of Save The Bay, Jonathan Stone, is thinking about a very different kind of situation at Oakland Beach from the summer of 2013. "This beach was closed for half the summer last year," Stone says, "and it wasn’t closed from pollution from Providence. It was closed because of local pollution, a significant source of which is cesspools."

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On Politics
4:44 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

TGIF: 10 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

With just over a month until Election Day, the post-primary lull is rapidly fading into the past. So thanks for stopping by, feel to send your tips and thoughts my way at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go:

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On Politics
9:10 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Paiva Weed Now Opposes Newport Casino Referendum; Developers Offer Added Incentives

Paiva Weed during a previous Statehouse news conference
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Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Newport) on Wednesday night said she opposes the addition of table games at Newport Grand, after the Newport City Council voted 4-3 to reject the host agreement for a transformation of the slot parlor into a full-fledged casino.

"In light of the council's decision to not approve the host agreement, I can not support the referendum," Paiva Weed told RIPR.

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On Politics
12:30 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Wasserman Schultz to Headline RI Democrats' Unity Dinner

US Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will headline Rhode Island Democrats' October 14 unity dinner at the West Valley Inn in West Warwick.

The news comes amid reports questioning how long Wasserman will remain in her role with the DNC.

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