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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Political Roundtable: Salvatore on Providence's Finances, the People's Pledge, Master Lever & More

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Providence Ward 14 City Councilor David Salvatore, chairman of the council's Ways and Means Committee, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the emergence of Providence's finances as a campaign issue; the impact of a "People's Pledge" in the Democratic primary; the soaring cost of growing state Medicaid enrollment; and the possible effect of eliminating the master lever.

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2:15 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Coalition Mounts Opposition To RI Constitutional Convention

Coalition members speak out against a constitutional convention in Rhode Island.
Credit John Bender

Dozens of people gathered in Providence Wednesday to protest a proposed constitutional convention in Rhode Island. The debate whether to hold this convention comes up every 10 years.

The constitutional convention gives Rhode Island voters an opportunity to change their state constitution.  Delegates outside the general assembly are chosen to represent districts across the state in a meeting to draft referenda that will appear at state-wide elections.

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1:50 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Pell, Raimondo, Taveras Sign On To A “People’s Pledge”

A so-called “people’s pledge” has been hammered out and agreed to by the three leading democratic candidates running for governor. The goal is to limit outside spending.

To limit that outside spending, Clay Pell, Gina Raimondo, and Angel Taveras have agreed to a pledge calling for any candidate who benefits from an ad bought by an outside group to make a charitable donation for the same amount of the ad buy.

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9:25 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Fung Wants To Split RI Board Of Education

Cranston mayor and gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung.
Credit Ian Donnis

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung wants Rhode Island to go back to having separate state boards for K-through-12 and higher education.

Fung unveiled his education plan Thursday. He said he’d make the state education commissioner report directly to the governor, and eliminate a separate post for commissioner of higher education. Fung said he believes these structural changes will improve public education in Rhode Island.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Hodgson on 38 Studios, Guns, the General Assembly & More

State Senator Dawson Hodgson (R-North Kingstown), the Republican candidate for attorney general joins Bonus Q&A to discuss unanswered questions about 38 Studios, his challenge to AG Peter Kilmartin, his effort to impose stiffer sentences for illegally possessing a gun, and many other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Political Roundtable: Hodgson on the Fox Probe, His Run for AG, I-195 Confidentiality & More

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Republican attorney general candidate Dawson Hodgson joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the ongoing probe involving former House speaker Gordon Fox; Hodgson's challenge to Democratic AG Peter Kilmartin; questions of confidentiality involving the development of former I-195 land; and other issues.

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3:38 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

RI Bill Would Also Ban Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors

E-cigarettes may soon be subject to the same regulations as traditional cigarettes.
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Tobacco Free Rhode Island is applauding proposed rules out of the US Food and Drug Administration to regulate e-cigarettes. The rules are similar to those in a bill pending at the Statehouse.

The proposed FDA rules would require warning labels and ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. A bill before the General Assembly also bans the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and would require a license for e-cigarette retailers.

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9:30 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Providence Official Indicted In 'Plunder Dome' Scandal Dies

Providence City Hall
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A former Providence tax official who was convicted of extorting bribes in the Operation Plunder Dome case has died.  David Ead testified against Buddy Cianci during the trial that landed Cianci in prison.

Ead was a former Providence police officer who ran a vending machine company. During the Plunder Dome trial in 2002, Ead testified that a $5000 payment and a call from Cianci got a family friend a job in the Providence planning department.

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8:57 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Youth Advocacy Groups To Hold Providence Mayoral Forum

Members of youth advocacy groups Providence Student Union and Young Voices will host a mayoral forum Thursday at the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex on Thurber's Avenue in Providence.

The group members will press all six candidates for Mayor of Providence on multiple issues affecting young people. The issues in question will range from an increase in hands-on learning in schools to transportation policies. Kinte Howie of Young Voices says the forum will be a good way for youths to get involved in the policies that affect them.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Reis on the GOP Budget, Obamacare, Social Security, Immigration & More

Republican Second Congressional District candidate Rhue Reis joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his challenge to Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin, and a host of related issues, including jobs and the economy; the federal budget; Obamacare; immigration, and more.

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