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On Politics
4:50 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

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

Did anything happen this week not involving the New England Patriots and deflated footballs? Indeed. So read on, dear reader, and thanks for stopping by. As always feel free to share your tips/thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Bonus Q+A: Gorbea on Disclosure, Mail Ballots, Voting & More

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Bonus Q+A to talk about whether mail ballots are too easily obtained, what steps should be taken to increase disclosure by lobbyists, how to better encourage voting participation, and more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Political Roundtable: Gorbea on Lobbying Reform, Voter ID, State of the Union & More

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Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Political Roundtable to talk about what needs to be done to improve lobbying oversight; whether she'll move to oppose Voter ID; her reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address; and more.

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On Politics
7:40 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Social Workers, Lawmakers Debate Blame for DCYF's Deficits

Sue Pearlmutter, dean of the social work program at Rhode Island College, testifies in the House Education and Welfare Committee.
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A bill to change the requirements to lead the state Department of Children, Youth and Families ran into opposition from social workers during a House Education and Welfare Committee meeting Wednesday evening. The two sides also disputed the reason for persistent budgetary overruns at DCYF

Six social workers argued that expertise in protecting children is vital for the next head of DCYF. A bill under consideration by the House Education and Welfare Committee would eliminate a requirement that the director have a master’s in social work (or a closely related field).

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Politics
11:13 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Two Raimondo Nominees Sail Through Senate Confirmation Hearings

Nominee for director of elderly affairs, Charles Fogarty, in his Senate confirmation hearing.
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Separate Senate committees gave initial approval Tuesday to two of Governor Gina Raimondo’s nominees to lead state agencies. Both of the nominees held positions in the Chafee administration.

In the Senate Judiciary Committee, State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell won unanimous backing to remain the director of the state Department of Public Safety. 

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On Politics
7:40 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Meet the Class of 2015: State Representative Aaron Regunberg

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With 18 new members in the 113-seat General Assembly, On Politics is offering a periodic look at the latest additions to the House and Senate. We continue with Representative Aaron Regunberg (D-Providence), who used his activist background to catapult into the seat previously held by former Speaker Gordon Fox.

Age: 24

Occupation: organizer with the Providence Student Union.

Party: Democrat

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On Politics
4:50 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

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

Happy mid-January, dear readers. Bad news: winter is far from over. Good news: spring training isn't that far, and the political beat remains busy. So thanks for stopping by, freel 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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Politics
8:58 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Job Development Bill Slated For Introduction Thursday

A new bill which provides tax credits to encourage job development is slated to be introduced Thursday in the House of Representatives.
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A bill scheduled to be introduced Thursday would use tax credits to try to spark the creation of jobs.  

State Representative Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick) is introducing his job development tax credit bill for the third time. He said it’s modeled on a program that incentivizes larger employers to create jobs by lowering their taxes.

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On Politics
6:44 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Meet the Class of 2015: State Representative Joseph J. Solomon Jr.

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With 18 new members in the 113-seat General Assembly, On Politics is offering a periodic look at the latest additions to the House and Senate. We continue with Representative Joseph J. Solomon Jr. (D-Warwick), who comes from a family tradition of being politically active.

Age: 31

Occupation: Self-employed lawyer.

Party: Democrat

Twitter: No

Favorite Food: Eggplant Parmesan sandwich with hot pepper rings.

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On Politics
6:41 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Meet the Class of 2015: State Representative Daniel Reilly

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With 18 new members in the 113-seat General Assembly, On Politics is offering a periodic look at the latest additions to the House and Senate. We start with Representative Daniel Reilly (R-Portsmouth), who first won election in 2010, lost his seat in 2012, and is now back after defeating Democrat Linda Finn.

Age: 25

Occupation: EMT

Party: Republican

Twitter: @RepDanReilly

Favorite Food: "Can't beat a good cheeseburger."

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