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12:49 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

State-Commissioned Report Finds RI Better Off Paying Back 38 Studios' Investors

Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

A report commissioned by the Chafee administration has found that even under the best-case scenario, Rhode Island will be better off paying back bondholders who invested in the failed video-game company 38 Studios.

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Politics
3:50 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Bill Would Put RI Gov. & Lt. Gov. On Joint Ticket

A senate committee will vote Wednesday on legislation that would ultimately put the governor and lieutenant governor on a joint ticket. The bill co-sponsored by Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed would let voters decide on a constitutional amendment linking the two top offices.

Paiva Weed said previous lieutenant governors have had to define their own roles, while this legislation would make them an assistant to the governor.

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On Politics
6:51 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

House Votes 70-0 To Kill Master Lever; Paiva Weed "Keeping An Open Mind"

Rep Doreen Costa (R-North Kingstown) rebutted one colleague's concern by saying grandparents are "smart cookies" who can understand voting without the master lever.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The Rhode Island House, in an abrupt change after years of indifference to the issue, voted unanimously Thursday to eliminate the use of the master lever in Rhode Island in 2014. Through her spokeswoman, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed said she's "keeping an open mind about the legislation to eliminate the straight ticket voting option from Rhode Island ballots."

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Politics
2:15 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Coalition Mounts Opposition To RI Constitutional Convention

Coalition members speak out against a constitutional convention in Rhode Island.
Credit John Bender

Dozens of people gathered in Providence Wednesday to protest a proposed constitutional convention in Rhode Island. The debate whether to hold this convention comes up every 10 years.

The constitutional convention gives Rhode Island voters an opportunity to change their state constitution.  Delegates outside the general assembly are chosen to represent districts across the state in a meeting to draft referenda that will appear at state-wide elections.

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On Politics
8:50 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

House Judiciary Committee Votes to Kill the Master Lever

Judiciary Chairman Cale Keable reads into the record the names of master lever repeal supporters who left before they had a chance to testify.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

After years of opposition have failed to yield a response, the House Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday evening to this year eliminate the use in Rhode Island of the master lever.

Critics have complained for decades that the master lever is outdated, confuses voters, and offers an advantage to the Democrats who rule the General Assembly.

In what could be an early win for Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, the full House is slated to vote on the issue Thursday. Similar legislation has yet to emerge from the Senate Judiciary Committee or be scheduled for a full Senate vote.

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On Politics
4:31 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

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

Welcome back to my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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On Politics
4:05 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

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

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and my short missives can be found on the twitters. Let's head right in:

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On Politics
11:53 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Campaign Finance Angle Emerges In Gordon Fox Probe

A state police officer can be seen in former Speaker Gordon Fox's office during the raid on March 21
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The investigators who raided former House Speaker Gordon Fox's Statehouse office and East Side home on March 21 appear to be examining Fox's campaign fundraising.

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On Politics
11:14 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Ajello, Tsiongas Endorse Regunberg for State Rep

Aaron Regunberg, a candidate for the state representative seat being vacated by former House speaker Goron Fox, has won the endorsement of Representative Edith Ajello and former rep Nick Tsiongas.

Ajello, who lost her post as chair of the House Judiciary Committee after Nicholas Mattiello won the fight to succeed Fox as speaker, is a liberal favorite on Providence's East Side. Tsiongas formerly represented the East Side's Mount Hope and Summit neighborhoods.

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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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