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General Assembly
9:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

A Closer Look At Gordon Fox's Resignation And Changing Leadership In The House

Major changes are expected to come to the House of Representatives, following the resignation of former Speaker Gordon Fox.
Credit RIPR FILE

The Rhode Island House of Representatives is expected to cap a dramatic sequence of events unfolding over the last few days by electing a new speaker Tuesday. The change was set in motion last Friday when state and federal authorities raided House Speaker Gordon Fox’s East Side home and Statehouse office. Fox resigned from his leadership position the next day, saying he doesn’t plan to seek re-election to his state rep seat in November.

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The Education Blog
8:55 am
Tue March 25, 2014

How Will House Shakeup Affect Education Proposals?

Education officials are taking a "wait and see" approach to leadership changes at the Statehouse, with several education bills pending in the legislature.

"We've had a good relationship with leadership over time," said Elliot Krieger, the spokesman for State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist. "Like everyone else, we're waiting to see what the new leadership will be."

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On Politics
5:10 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

What to Expect If You're Expecting Nick Mattiello As Speaker

The successor to House Speaker Gordon Fox is expected to be elected Tuesday when the House of Representatives meets tomorrow, for the first time since the raid that spelled the end of Fox's 21-year career in the General Assembly. As we've reported, the battle pits House Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello (D-Cranston) and Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate) against one another.

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On Politics
1:19 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Frank Anzeveno Is Out As Chief of Staff for the Speaker

Anzeveno, left, with Marcus LaFond and Speaker Fox, applauds Fox's re-election as speaker in January 2013
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Frank Anzeveno, who served as the powerful chief of staff for former House speaker Gordon Fox, is giving up his post.

“In light of recent events at the Statehouse, time has accelerated. I cleaned out my office over the weekend in anticipation that a new Speaker needs to bring in his own staff," Anzeveno says in a statement released Monday.

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On Politics
7:44 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Marcello "Going All the Way;" Mattiello Says He's Got the Votes

Mattiello comments after his caucus Sunday.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

After a weekend of intense lobbying for the votes to succeed former House Speaker Gordon Fox, one challenger, Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate), vowed Monday morning to take the fight to the House floor, even as House Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello (D-Cranston) claimed to be consolidating his support.

"Going all the way," Marcello told RIPR Monday morning. "We need to let people know who is reform and real change and who is with the status quo."

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On Politics
10:58 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Fight to Succeed Speaker Fox Goes Red Hot Following His Resignation

Fox at the rostrum earlier this legislative session.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

UPDATE: 3:46 pm Sunday. Factions led by Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello and Michael Marcello are meeting today in an attempt to win enough votes for the speakership. Mattiello is holding a 5 pm caucus at the Providence Marriott on Orms Street. A vote to choose a successor to Gordon Fox could happen as soon as Tuesday. I'll have more details later. Follow me on Twitter for updates.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Political Roundtable: Edwards on Sakonnet Tolls, the Pension Settlement & the Gun Debate

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Representative John "Jay" Edwards joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge; the Statehouse debate over guns; fallout from the Cranston parking ticket scandal; and the proposed state pension settlement.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Edwards on Tolls, Jobs, Infrastructure, the General Assembly & More

State Representative John "Jay" Edwards (D-Tiverton) joins Bonus Q+A this week to talk about tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge; why RI's roads and bridges are in such poor repair; whether the General Assembly is doing enough to boost the economy; the political fallout from 38 Studios; and much more.

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On Politics
11:57 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Common Cause Gives Qualified Support to Sheehan Bill to Bolster Ethics Commission

Common Cause RI is looking to bolster the state's Ethics Commission.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Common Cause of Rhode Island is giving qualified support to a new proposal introduced by state Senator James Sheehan (D-North Kingtown) to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of the General Assembly.

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On Politics
4:05 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Ex-Rep Peter Petrarca Set to Lobby for Auto Body Association of RI

Former five-term state representative Peter Petrarca, whose ties to the auto body industry emerged as issue during his 2012 re-election campaign, has registered to lobby at the General Assembly this session for the Auto Body Association of Rhode Island.

Although Petrarca doesn't yet show up on the state's lobbyist registration system, the Secretary of State's office and Petrarca confirm he has registered to lobby for ABARI through his firm, Orion Consulting.

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