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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Ferri on the Minimum Wage, His Campaign, and Why He Wants to Be Lieutenant Governor

State Representative Frank Ferri (D-Warwick), one of three Democrats running for lieutenant governor, joins Bonus Q+A this week to talk about his campaign and related issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Political Roundtable: Ferri on Running for LG; RI's Healthcare Exchange; 38 Studios & More

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State Representative Frank Ferri (D-Warwick), one of three Democrats running for lieutenant governor, joined Political Roundtable this week discuss his campaign and other issues, including 38 Studios and the Democratic race for governor.

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Politics
10:33 am
Thu June 5, 2014

House Committee Approves Mental Health Gun Legislation

The House Judiciary Committee voted to approve what may be some of the only gun legislation this session.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, is one of three federal databases that federally licensed gun sellers check before selling anyone a gun.  

Right now the state does not submit any information to NICS.  The bill voted on by the House Judiciary Committee would allow the state’s District Court to report to NICS anyone who has been deemed a danger to themselves or others after a mental health hearing.

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Politics
8:51 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Finance Committee To Take First Pass At 2015 State Budget

The House Finance Committee is expected to voted on the State Budget Thursday night.
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The House Finance Committee is expected to vote this Thursday on a new state budget for the fiscal year beginning July first. The General Assembly traditionally makes significant revisions to the governor’s proposed spending plan.

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Politics
8:36 am
Thu June 5, 2014

New Poll Shows Raimondo And Taveras Neck And Neck

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras leads the poll with 33 percent support.
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A new poll shows that Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo remain locked in tight battle in the Democratic primary for governor.  The WPRI/Providence Journal poll surveyed 506 Democratic primary voters.

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Politics
4:43 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Bill Would Add Constitutional Amendment On Gambling Venues

Newport Grand, located in the northern part of Newport.
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A senate committee will look at legislation Wednesday creating a constitutional amendment centered on gambling in the Ocean State.

The bill would put a constitutional amendment before voters that states a casino or slot parlor cannot change locations without approval from voters in that city or town.

A development team is looking to buy Newport Grand, but promises that if casino games are allowed at the slot parlor that it will not change locations.

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Politics
2:14 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Judge Declines to Quash Subpoena for Fox Over 38 Studios

A Superior Court judge has declined to quash a subpoena calling for former House speaker Gordon Fox to answer questions related to the state’s lawsuit over 38 Studios.

The ruling by Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein means that Fox must attend a deposition conducted by one of the 14 defendants being sued by the state over 38 Studios.

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Politics
5:52 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

First Lady's Initials Welded At Keel Laying Ceremony

"I declare this keel to be well and truly laid," said First Lady Michelle Obama, shortly after she took a look at the welded version of her initials with Electric Boat welder, Michael Macomber (left), and Electric Boat CEO Jeff Geiger.
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First Lady Michelle Obama participated in a keel laying ceremony of a new submarine this afternoon at the Electric Boat's Quonset Point Facility in North Kingstown.

Less than a month ago, the U.S. Navy awarded $17.6 billion, its largest contract, to Electric Boat and its construction partner Newport News Shipbuilding, to build 10 new attack submarines for the fleet the Virginia class. The First Lady is the sponsor of the fleet's 13th submarine, the Illinois, named after the First Family's home state.

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Politics
3:14 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Sen. Reed: Congress Needs To Help Fix VA’s Problems

Sen. Jack Reed is calling on Congress to address the systemic challenges plaguing the VA healthcare system.

Reed made the statement just hours after Veterans Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned amid a growing cover up of long wait times for healthcare. Reed said the next secretary needs to start the job with a top to bottom review of what’s causing the backlog.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Smiley on Providence's Economy, Taxes, Pensions, Development & More

Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley joins Bonus Q+A to discuss his campaign and a host of other issues, including taxes, the city's economy, development, and more.

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