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10:09 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Paiva-Weed: no "quick fix" on local pensions

PROVIDENCE, RI – The top issues facing the General Assembly in its new session include a budget deficit, troubled local pensions, and casino gambling. Over the next two days, we'll hear from the leaders of the House and the Senate. We start with Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed, who recently sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis.

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4:32 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Raimondo recognized by Manhattan Institute

Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

PROVIDENCE, RI – State treasurer Gina Raimondo said passage of the pension reform bill is proof that government can work when people focus more on problem solving than politics.

Raimondo's comments were made in New York, as she received the Manhattan Institute's "Urban Innovator" award. Previous honorees include former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former Washington D.C. Schools chancellor Michelle Rhee.

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8:33 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Redistricting proposal approved by commission

Providence, RI – The State Redistricting Commission approved new boundaries last night for Rhode Island's legislative and congressional districts. The new districts include one that offers a boost to Congressman David Cicilline.

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5:14 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Redistricting plan drawing critics

PROVIDENCE, RI – The two Republicans hoping to run against Congressman David Cicilline are sharply criticizing a plan for redrawing Rhode Island's congressional lines. Cicilline's Democratic colleague, Congressman Jim Langevin, also opposes the plan.

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5:20 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Independent tack for RI's Republican Party

PROVIDENCE, RI – One of the two men running to be the next state Republican Party chairman heads a conservative group called the Rhode Island Republican Assembly. Raymond McKay thinks the GOP needs to be more independent in setting its own direction.

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2:32 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Redistricting commission rolls out the maps

PROVIDENCE, RI – The latest maps for state and congressional political districts go before the public Monday night at a meeting in Johnston. It's the first of several meetings this week where the public will get a chance to comment on maps for most of the state districts and the two congressional districts.

Commission member Ray Rickman said now's the time for public input.

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12:16 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Federal probe into Providence's anti-poverty program

PROVIDENCE, RI – The U.S. Attorney's office is investigating ProCAP, the anti-poverty agency that came under fire last week amidst allegations of financial mismanagement.

Bill Fischer, a spokesman for ProCAP, said federal prosecutors subpoenaed copies of all applications and receipts for assistance five months ago. He said investigators have not been satisfied with the Providence agency's response.

Jim Martin, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said the probe is focused on the expenditure of federal funds.

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7:30 am
Tue November 29, 2011

State GOP chairman leaves for D.C. post

PROVIDENCE, RI – After eight months in his volunteer role, State Republican Party chairman Ken McKay is leaving for a staff job in Washington, D.C.

McKay resigned last week to become a senior adviser to freshman Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. In a message released by Johnson's office, McKay says he wanted to be a part of what he calls, "the battle of our time," in the nation's capital.

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9:31 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Providence police brace for Occupy Providence

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence police officials are getting ready for a demonstration later this week by a group inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Occupy Providence has announced plans for a march through the capital city's downtown at 5 pm Saturday. It also plans to maintain a presence at Burnside Park in Kennedy Plaza. Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare says law enforcement isn't sure what to expect.

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9:35 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Engage Rhode Island forms to reform pension system

Providence, RI – A new advocacy group, Engage Rhode Island, was created to build public support for implementing what it calls comprehensive pension reform.

In tax lingo, Engage Rhode Island is a 501(c)4. In other words, it's a nonprofit that can do unlimited lobbying and campaigning without disclosing where its money comes from. Spokesman Jon Duffy says Nortek executive Ed Cooney started the group for civic reasons and the threat posed to the state by the rising cost of public pensions.

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