Politics

Governor's Office
12:17 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Governor Chafee To Give Final State Of The State

Governor Lincoln Chafee at previous State of the State address.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Lincoln Chafee will unveil his last state budget during a State of the State address Wednesday at the Statehouse. As Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis reports, Chafee announced last year he wouldn’t seek re-election

Chafee will present his spending plan during a public address to the legislature, which typically makes significant changes to the budget before ending its session in June. During a recent interview, Chafee said his spending priorities remain unchanged.

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RI Elections
12:12 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's Political Future

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Now that Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has made public that he killed a man in a car accident 25 years ago, the question remains: how will this affect his run for governor?

Veteran Rhode Island pollster Joseph Fleming says he is almost certain that with his emotionally-charged news conference, Fung successfully put the fatal crash in his rear view mirror. 

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RI Elections
12:00 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Republican Lawmaker Dawson Hodgson Seeks Attorney General Position

Dawson Hodgson at the Rhode Island Public Radio studios
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Senator Dawson Hodgson of North Kingstown Tuesday launched his Republican challenge to Democratic Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.  Hodgson says the theme of his campaign will be one of standing up for Rhode Island.

Hodgson is a former state prosecutor serving his second term in the Senate. He’s best known for calling for the creation of an independent commission to investigate failed video game company 38 Studios. Hodgson said he’s consistently been an advocate for the people of the state.

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RI Elections
11:21 am
Wed January 15, 2014

New Voter ID Law Gets Its First Outing In Woonsocket

Woonsocket City Hall
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Woonsocket voters go to the polls next week to elect a state representative to replace Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, who was recently elected mayor of that city.  The election represents the first time that photo identification will be required of voters.

The American Civil Liberties Union is reminding Woonsocket voters to be sure to take along a photo id when they head to the polls Tuesday. Woonsocket is holding a special election to fill the House seat vacated by newly-elected Woonsocket Mayor Lisa-Baldelli Hunt.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Marion on Transparency, Ethics, Campaign Finance & More

John Marion, executive director of Common Cause of Rhode Island, joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss improved technology in the General Assembly; the impact of super PACs in Rhode Island; the outlook for strengthening the state Ethics Commission; and many other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Political Roundtable: Marion on the General Assembly, DC Gridlock & More

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

John Marion, executive director of Common Cause of Rhode Island, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the new legislative session; the battle over extended unemployment benefits; and the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Cranston City Councilors Want State Police To Probe Ticket Scandal

Two Cranston city councilors are calling on the state police to take over an investigation into allegations that city police issued parking tickets as political retaliation. 

THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED HERE.

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Economy
9:04 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Interfaith Vigil At The Statehouse Calls For Lawmakers To Address RI Poverty

Governor Lincoln Chafee at the interfaith vigil on poverty at the Statehouse.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

A coalition of Rhode Island religious leaders is calling on lawmakers to put poverty at the top of their agenda this year.  The plea was issued at a Statehouse rally Wednesday.

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General Assembly
9:06 am
Wed January 8, 2014

General Assembly Opens For 2014 Legislative Session

The RI General Assembly begins the 2014 legislative session this week.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

House Speaker Gordon Fox welcomed lawmakers back Tuesday by hoping the new legislative session is more civil than the one that stretched into last July.

Debate in the House turned prickly over parts of the budget during the last legislative year. In his opening speech on the first day of the new session, Fox called for a different approach.

“I hope that we strengthen the lines of communication, so hopefully we end this session earlier than last session and end it nice. Welcome back to 2014, let’s get to work," said Fox.

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Governor's Race
8:57 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Block Files Complaint Against State Properties Committee

Ken Block addresses crowd at the Statehouse rotunda.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block has filed a complaint, accusing the state agency that manages state-owned properties with multiple violations of the Open Meetings Act.  The candidate is also calling on the General Assembly to strengthen the law and enhance the penalties for violating it.

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