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8:16 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Valois Faces Approval of Full State Senate

Marcel Valois at last week's Senate Committee meeting.
Credit RIPR

Governor Lincoln Chafee’s choice to lead the state Economic Development Corporation faces approval by the full state Senate committee Tuesday.  The votes comes amid debate over the EDC’s future.

Chafee’s choice, Marcel Valois, was unanimously approved by a Senate committee last week. Valois led the EDC in the 1990s during Lincoln Almond’s tenure as governor. He says Rhode Island needs to do a better job of helping business when it can and getting out of the way when it can’t.

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Boston Marathon Explosions
7:16 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Receives Warm Welcome Home

Heather Abbott, at Rosecliff Mansion in Newport for her 'welcome home' party.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Newport residents threw a big welcome home party Sunday for Heather Abbott.  She’s the 38-year-old woman who lost the lower part of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings.  A veritable who’s who of Rhode Island’s political establishment was on hand to praise her courage and spunk.

The Preservation Society of Newport County donated the use of Rosecliff Mansion for Heather Abbott’s welcome home party.   When she arrived on crutches, wearing a form-fitting royal blue sleeveless dress, she received a round of applause.

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8:37 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Revenue Estimates to be Heard at State House

Rhode Island State House
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The outlook for Rhode Island’s next state budget will come into sharper view when the latest revenue data is discussed this morning.

The annual revenue estimating conference takes place twice a year, in November and May. It’s when legislative staffers offer their estimates of state revenues, based on taxes and other sources of income.

The latest revenue estimates are then used by the General Assembly when it makes revisions to the governor’s proposed budget for the fiscal year starting July first.

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On Politics
7:49 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

After 16-Year Fight, Rhode Island Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Governor Lincoln Chafee presents Rhode Island's new same-sex marriage law to openly gay lawmakers, House Speaker Gordon Fox and state Senator Donna Nesselbush
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

To the delight of a crowd of hundreds of people in front of the Statehouse, Governor Lincoln Chafee on Thursday evening signed into law legislation making Rhode Island the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Two companion bills forming the basis for the law sped through the General Assembly in recent weeks, in sharp contrast to how the issue of same-sex marriage languished for the preceding 16 years.

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8:30 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Rhode Island Poised to Join 10 Others in Same-Sex Marriage

A previous vote in the RI House drew big crowds
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Ian Donnis will be reporting from the statehouse as Rhode Island is poised to join the other New England states that have already legalized same-sex marriage. This follows a battle of almost 20 years.

Two companion bills for same-sex marriage are expected to get overwhelming support during a House vote this afternoon. Immediately after, Governor Lincoln Chafee plans to sign the legislation into law during a ceremony on the south side of the Statehouse.

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RI News
8:23 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Beacon Atop Superman Building Won't Go Out

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The beacon light atop the tallest building in Rhode Island will remain on for the time being. But the owner of the so-called “Superman Building” says that could change if state leaders don’t approve a $39 million package of tax credits. State leaders are decidedly lukewarm to the idea.

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On Politics
4:51 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

TGIF: 8 Things to Know About RI Politics + Media

Rhode Island, you do us proud with your ceaseless stream of unexpected political developments. Happy Friday, and welcome back. You're tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Here we go:

1. Former state treasurer Frank Caprio's is on the comeback trail after his gubernatorial campaign melted down in 2010: he's planning to run for treasurer next year, regardless of who else might be in the race.

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RI News
3:15 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Marcel Valois Nominated as Executive Director of RI EDC

Marcel Valois has been nominated for Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Develop Corporation, which has been under a cloud since the 38 Studios bankruptcy.

It is the same position Valois held in the 1990’s under then Governor Lincoln Almond.

Valois most recently served as the Vice President of the Foundation of Rhode Island, a private non-profit organization.

The announcement came today from Governor Lincoln Chafee after his initial choice for the position, William Parsons, withdrew for medical reasons.

Pension Overhaul
1:50 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Raimondo Tells Bond Buyer Crowd: No Short Cuts to Pension Fix

Firefighters protest Treasurer Gina Raimondo's keynote speech at a conference in downtown Providence.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

About a hundred firefighters protested Monday morning outside a conference focused on distressed municipalities, where state treasurer Gina Raimondo was the keynote speaker. Inside, Raimondo applauded the cooperation it took from organized labor to make the state pension overhaul possible.

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RI News
4:19 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Gov. Chafee kicks off Meals on Wheels March Campaign

Governor Lincoln Chafee joined Meals on Wheels RI today for the start of the program “March for Meals.”  

The nationwide campaign works to increase the awareness of senior hunger, recruit volunteers, and draw donations.

Governor Chafee accompanied Meals on Wheels on their lunch route and personally served 2 seniors. 

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