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Politics
8:47 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Raimondo Ultimately Outspent Gubernatorial Rivals During Election Cycle

Gina Raimondo outspent both her major gubernatorial rivals; Republican Allan Fung, Moderate Bob Healey.
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Democrat Gina Raimondo outspent Republican rival Allan Fung by a more than 2-to-1 margin during the 2014 campaign. Raimondo will be sworn in as governor January 6th.

Raimondo spent more than five million dollars as part of her winning run for governor. She beat Fung on a 4-point margin in the November 4th election. Fung himself spent about $2 million during the campaign.  The two candidates have almost exhausted their accounts. Raimondo has just less than $50 thousand left in her war chest, while Fung has about $66 thousand.

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Politics
8:39 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Judge OK's Jury Trial, Sets Date For RI Pension Overhaul Case

If the state pension overhaul is settled in mediation it will have to go back to the General Assembly for approval.
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A legal observer says he expects the legal dispute over a 2011 overhaul of the state pension system to be settled out of court.

Roger Williams University Law School dean Michael Yelnosky said he’s fairly optimistic about the outlook for a settlement. “For a couple of reasons: one, they came so very close before; there continue to be lots of good reasons to settle on both sides,” said Yelnosky.

Efforts to settle the pension dispute fell apart in April when one of six plaintiff groups rejected a proposed deal.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Political Roundtable: Thanksgiving Edition

This Thanksgiving, our political analyst Scott MacKay is thankful for Rhode Island politics; which he calls "the gift that keeps on giving."
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Reporters in the Ocean State often say Rhode Island politics is the gift that keeps on giving. This week, political analyst Scott MacKay and Associated Press reporter Erika Niedowski join Weekend host Chuck Hinman to reflect upon this past year's news stories for which they're thankful.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Raimondo on Staffing Up, Investing in Education, the Pension Dispute & More

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q+A to talk about the ongoing state pension dispute, HealthSourceRI, CVS' decision to develop a new technology center in Boston, the Rhode Map controversy, and more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Political Roundtable: Raimondo on Jobs, RI's Deficits & Working With the General Assembly

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Governor-elect Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her pre-inaugural focus, plans for confronting budget deficits, how she'll work with the General Assembly, and more.

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Politics
9:18 am
Thu November 20, 2014

House Finance Committee To Review State Budget

The House Finance Committee will review the state budget Thursday.
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The House Finance Committee is slated to meet Thursday to review the condition of state budget. The state will face a deficit for the next fiscal year.

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Politics
8:59 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Government Watchdog Group Weighs In On Unregistered Lobbying

Common Cause of Rhode Island director John Marion
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A local government watchdog group thinks stiffer penalties are needed to discourage the practice of unregulated lobbying.   

The Associated Press reported this week that former Attorney General Patrick Lynch has lobbied his former office several times without registering as a lobbyist. Lynch told the AP his actions didn’t amount to lobbying.

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Politics
7:40 am
Wed November 19, 2014

"Depoliticize" Judicial Nominating Process Says Former Good Government Leader

Rhode Island Superior Court building
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A former government watchdog says governors and state legislators have weakened efforts meant to depoliticize the selection of judges.

The Judicial Nominating Commission was created 20 years ago to try to lessen the General Assembly’s influence on picking judges. The JNC is supposed to choose 3 to 5 highly qualified candidates, and the legislature is expected to act quickly once a governor picks a judge. But former Common Cause head Phil West said governors and lawmakers have fouled up the process.

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Politics
4:00 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Phil West On Two Decades Of "Secrets & Scandals" In Rhode Island

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H. Philip West Jr. served as the executive director of Common Cause of Rhode Island for almost 20 years before stepping down in 2006. His tenure coincided with corruption in Governor Edward DiPrete’s administration, the state banking crisis, and high-profile battles over the Ethics Commission. West has turned his two decades observing Ocean State politics into a 684-page book called “Secrets and Scandals.” Rhode Island Public Radio Reporter Ian Donnis sat down with West to discuss the book and how much Rhode Island has changed.

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Providence
9:28 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Providence Mayor-Elect Elorza To Host Series Of Community Forums

Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza has already begun laying out his transition team, and will begin a series of community forums in the city.
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The mayor-elect of Providence, Jorge Elorza, has scheduled a series of forums to hear from city residents.

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