Gina Raimondo

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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On Politics
3:36 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Time for deep breath on RI Statehouse tax cuts

Cutting taxes is all the rage at the Rhode Island Statehouse.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why lawmakers are talking about tax cuts before dealing with the red ink in the state budget.

Take a stroll through the corridors of  McKim, Mead and White’s marble palace on Smith Hill and you’ll likely bump into a lawmaker with a plan to cut taxes.

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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.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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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The Education Blog
2:04 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

RI Education Commissioner Gist Confirms She Is Finalist For Job In Tulsa

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is a finalist for superintendent of schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Credit File: Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

R.I. state Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has confirmed that she is a finalist for the Superintendent of Schools post in her home city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gist's statement came after the Tulsa World newspaper reported that she is a finalist for the post.

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The Education Blog
8:28 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Gist Up For Superintendent's Job In Tulsa?

Deborah Gist addressing reporters in December, 2014.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is reported to be a finalist in Tulsa’s search for a new superintendent of schools.

Tulsa World says multiple sources confirm that Gist is one of two finalists scheduled for interviews later this week. Tulsa’s current superintendent is stepping down at the end of June.

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RI News
9:54 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Rhode Island Remembers Activist Sister Anne Keefe

Funeral services for Sister Ann are scheduled for Friday, January 23rd at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Providence.

Tributes are pouring in for Sister Anne Keefe, who died Sunday. She was just 62 years old. Keefe was known for standing for the less fortunate.  She was part of the St. Michael the Archangel church in South Providecnce.  Keefe's work for social justice earned her a mention earlier this month in Governor Gina Raimondo’s inaugural address.  Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza ordered city flags to fly at half-staff after learning of her death.

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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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On Politics
11:16 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Raimondo Picks McDonald for Key Health and Human Services Role

Gov. Gina Raimondo's pick for high-profile role within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services is Jamia MacDonald, former head of the RI Emergency Management Agency.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo has picked Jamia McDonald, a respected state government veteran, for a high-profile role within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

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Politics
8:41 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Initial Confirmation Hearings Scheduled Gov. Raimondo's Nominees

The Senate has begun scheduling confirmation hearings for Gov. Gina Raimondo's department head nominees.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The state Senate has started scheduling confirmation hearings for four of the nomination made by Governor Gina Raimondo for her administration. The first four hearings center on holdovers from Lincoln Chafee’s time in office.

    

The confirmation process for Governor Raimondo’s nominees is slated to start next Tuesday. That’s when separate Senate committees will take up the nominations of Charles Fogarty as head of the Division of Elderly Affairs, and of State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell to remain director of the Department of Public Safety.

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