Politics

Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Political Roundtable: McKee on Mayoral Academies, 38 Studios, Tax Policy & the I-195 Process

Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Daniel McKee, the mayor of Cumberland, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his support for mayoral academies; more revelations about 38 Studios; transparency in the I-195 process; and the outlook on Smith Hill for tax cuts.

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Politics
9:50 am
Wed May 21, 2014

RI ACLU Says I-195 Commission Should Err On The Side Of Transparency

The Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU says the 195 Commission should err on the side of transparency in releasing information to the public. The commission held a number of votes in a closed session Monday without describing what they were about. A spokeswoman for the commission says it has received several proposals for land made available by the relocation of Interstate 195.

Rhode Island ACLU head Steve Brown said the 195 commission appears to be within its legal rights by not releasing more information about its votes before signing a letter of intent.

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Politics
4:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

At 73, Buddy Cianci Considers Yet Another Run for Mayor of Providence

Cianci holding forth during a Federal Hill event to celebrate his 73rd birthday.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

As the longest serving mayor in Providence history, Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr. is known both for his skills as a political showman and the criminal charges that twice forced him from City Hall. Now, at age 73 and almost done with his treatment for colon cancer, Cianci is considering another run for the top job in Rhode Island’s capital city. Because there’s a large field of candidates splitting the vote, the former mayor has a credible shot at winning. Yet a campaign by Cianci would also raise a national focus on Rhode Island’s checkered history of political corruption.

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Politics
10:28 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Judge Advises Both Sides In 38 Studios Lawsuit Against Release Of Facts Too Early

Lawmakers continue to debate whether or not to pay back the money owed from the failed video game company 38 Studios.
Credit RIPR FILE

The judge overseeing the state’s lawsuit over 38 Studios warned lawyers Monday about what he called the dribbling out of information. The state is suing 14 defendants to try to cut taxpayers’ losses from the failed video-game company.

Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein gently advised lawyers on both sides of the case against the early release of facts that he calls better suited for discussion at trial. That came after Silverstein heard arguments about whether to release documents connected to the case. The judge did not make an immediate decision on that question.

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Governor's Race
9:32 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Taveras Unveils Plan For State's Tourism Industry

Providence mayor and gubernatorial hopeful Angel Taveras says his plan for the state's tourism industry will bring more than 2000 jobs to Rhode Island.
Credit RIPR FILE

Providence mayor and Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Angel Taveras unveiled his plan for the state’s tourism industry.

Taveras says he plans to spend five million dollars a year to the industry for a total of twenty-million dollars over a four year term to promote the state. Taveras says the plan would create about 2600 new jobs in the state, helping the floundering economy.  Rhode Island’s unemployment remains the nation’s highest at more than eight percent.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Kilmartin on 38 Studios, Guns, Deepwater & More

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin joins Bonus Q+A to talk about 38 Studios, Deepwater Wind, gun violence and gun control, and a host of other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Political Roundtable: Kilmartin on the Debate Over Repaying 38 Studios' Bondholders

Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin joins Political Roundtable to discuss warnings to the state from credit-rating agencies over 38 Studios; the debating over repaying the company's debt; and other issues.

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Politics
2:22 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Sen. Reed Outlines Bill Lowering Cost Of Student Loan Debt

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Jack Reed joined by Senators Al Franken and Elizabeth Warren outlined legislation Wednesday that curbs student loan debt.

The bill allows federal and private student loans to be refinanced at a lower rate with no refinancing fees. The interest on some loans can reach 14 percent. The bill lowers that to 3.86 percent. Reed said the bill is critical to the country’s future.

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Politics
9:34 am
Tue May 13, 2014

House Finance Committee Takes Up 38 Studios Repayment

The House Finance Committee will take up the issue of repaying 38 Studios bondholders.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The House Finance Committee is slated to meet this Tuesday with the author of a recent report calling on the state to pay back 38 Studios’ bondholders.  The appearance comes amid growing debate about whether to skip paying the bonds.

SJ Advisors of Minnesota is slated to deliver a presentation to the Finance Committee, and no public testimony will be taken. A report by SJ Advisors, made public last week. Found that even under a best-case scenario, Rhode Island would be better off paying its debt from 38 Studios.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Political Roundtable: 38 Studios; Infrastructure Funding; & Chafee as Lame Duck

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Pablo Rodriguez joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the latest developments related to 38 Studios; competing legislative plans on funding infrastructure improvements; Governor Chafee's effectiveness as a lame duck; and the impact in Rhode Island of climate change.

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