Politics

Politics
9:25 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Cicilline And Challengers Gear Up For Next Election Cycle

Congressman David Cicilline is already prepping for the coming election.
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Congressman David Cicilline faces a number of little-known challengers as he starts campaigning for a third-term. The former Providence mayor was first elected to Congress in 2010. But one of his past opponents, Republican John Loughlin, who ran against Cicilline four years ago, says he's also considering a rematch.

Cicilline was the beneficiary over the weekend of an East Side fundraiser billed as a campaign kick-off reception. Unlike 2010, and 2012, Cicilline heads into campaign season without a well-known opponent.

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Economy
9:14 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Bill To Increase Apprenticeships Slated For Review In House Committee

The House Labor Committee looks at a bill that would increase the use of apprentices on publicly contracted projects.
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The House Labor Committee is slated to review a bill Tuesday that could increase the use of apprentices on state public works contracts. But critics say that mandating more work by apprentices could increase costs for municipal and state projects.

A union-backed bill sponsored by Providence Representative John Carnevale would require companies bidding on public projects worth more than $1 million to have an apprenticeship program. The legislation would apply only to contractors and subcontractors with five or more employees.

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Politics
3:49 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Cicilline to Honor U.S. Ambassador to Portugal

U.S. Congressman David Cicilline will honor the new U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Bob Sherman today at an event in East Providence. Notable members of the Portuguese-American community in Rhode Island will be attending. Cicilline says he hopes the event will form a connection between Sherman and the large Portuguese community in Rhode Island.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Mattiello on the Pension Settlement, Tolls, Ethics, the Master Lever & More

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and guest panelist Erika Niedowski of The Associated Press join Bonus Q+A this week to discuss changes in the RI House; the proposed pension settlement; whether the House should vote on a proposal to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of the General Assembly; and much more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Political Roundtable: Mattiello on His Priorities, 38 Studios, the Statehouse Raid + More

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The new speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Nicholas Mattiello of Cranston, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his priorities and what they mean for the House; jobs and government regulation; and what's next for the House.

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Politics
10:08 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Giroux Kicks Off Campaign For Governor

Todd Giroux officially announced Tuesday that he’s running for governor. Giroux declared he’d run as a democrat back in October.

Giroux is a 43-year-old Woonsocket native. He’s a general contractor who specializes in historic preservation. He ran for governor in 2010 as an independent.

Giroux said he’ll be a governor who listens and responds. “We need a governor that has a steady hand on the rudder of this state,” he said. “And if we provide a commerce fund, an infrastructure fund then we have the tools that support the jobs plan.”

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General Assembly
9:25 am
Wed March 26, 2014

What The New House Speaker Means For The General Assembly

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and his family at the Statehouse.
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An incredible five days at the Rhode Island Statehouse have seen the resignation of Gordon Fox as House Speaker, and Cranston Representative Nicholas Mattiello replace him.  It is expected that many key positions in the House will be changing as well. 

Political Analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio host Chuck Hinman to discuss what all the changes mean for the legislative session.

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General Assembly
9:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

A Closer Look At Gordon Fox's Resignation And Changing Leadership In The House

Major changes are expected to come to the House of Representatives, following the resignation of former Speaker Gordon Fox.
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The Rhode Island House of Representatives is expected to cap a dramatic sequence of events unfolding over the last few days by electing a new speaker Tuesday. The change was set in motion last Friday when state and federal authorities raided House Speaker Gordon Fox’s East Side home and Statehouse office. Fox resigned from his leadership position the next day, saying he doesn’t plan to seek re-election to his state rep seat in November.

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Politics
11:37 am
Fri March 21, 2014

State Police, Federal Authorities Raid House Speaker’s Office

Investigators carted away boxes of evidence from the Statehouse office of House Speaker Gordon Fox.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The future leadership of the House of Representatives was cast in doubt Friday when state and federal investigators raided House Speaker Gordon Fox's Statehouse office and East Side home, leaving with boxes full of material. Fox and investigators did not comment on the nature of the probe.

Fox staffers were allowed to return to the office about six hours after it was raided around 10 am. Later in the day, Fox's spokesman, Larry Berman, says Fox had texted him to say he hadn't resigned his post as speaker.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Edwards on Tolls, Jobs, Infrastructure, the General Assembly & More

State Representative John "Jay" Edwards (D-Tiverton) joins Bonus Q+A this week to talk about tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge; why RI's roads and bridges are in such poor repair; whether the General Assembly is doing enough to boost the economy; the political fallout from 38 Studios; and much more.

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