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5:19 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

TGIF: 19 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column, recapping another eventful week in Rhode Island. As always, your tips and feedback is welcome, and you can follow me on the twitters. Best wishes to my readers for Easter and Passover. Here we go.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Roberts on Healthcare Spending, Executive Compensation, Marijuana & More

Elizabeth Roberts, secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, joins Bonus Q+A to talk about efforts to cut healthcare spending, whether nonprofit healthcare CEOs are paid too much, and other topics.

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RI News
8:03 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Former House Speaker, Gordon Fox, Disbarred

Gordon Fox and his attorney at his arraignment, after pleading guilty to charges of public corruption in March.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The State Supreme Court has disbarred former house Speaker Gordon Fox. Fox recently pleaded guilty to several counts of public corruption.

Fox acknowledged that he would lose his license to practice law when he accepted a plea deal for the corruption charges.  In March he pleaded guilty to charges of misspent campaign funds, and accepting a bribe for 52-thousand dollars.

In addition to losing his license and house seat, state education officials rescinded his honorary degree from his Alma Mater Rhode Island College.

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Politics
1:07 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Advocates Call for More Openness in Magistrate-Selection Process

Common Cause RI's John Marion
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

A good government group is supporting a bill that would bring more transparency to the process of selecting magistrates. Magistrates perform many of the same functions of judges, but they’re selected behind closed doors.

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Politics
8:31 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Hearings On Gov. Raimondo's Proposed Budget Set To Begin

Hearings on the proposed state budget are set to begin Tuesday at the Statehouse.
Credit RIPR FILE

Legislative finance committees are set to start holding hearings Tuesday on details of Governor Gina Raimondo’s first budget. The governor’s spending plan has attracted both praise and criticism.

The House and Senate finance committees stage weeks of hearings to review different aspects of the annual budget. Supporters and opponents of different programs turn out to testify, in an attempt to sway lawmakers.

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