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1:53 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Taveras: “It’s a question of how you resolve your differences”

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is understandably downplaying dissension on the City Council, and he denies that he’s losing support among the majority of councilors who’ve backed him since he took office.

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12:56 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

More City Council chaos in Providence; FinCom meeting scrapped

Here’s a tangible sense of how things are going sideways with the Providence City Council: a Finance Committee meeting with a litany of important items, originally scheduled for 5:30 today, was cancelled at 9:32 this morning.

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4:59 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Why won’t Anthony Gemma appear on RINPR’s Political Roundtable?

Despite vowing during his campaign announcement in April to sit down for detailed interviews with reporters, Anthony Gemma’s campaign has spurned repeated invitations to appear as a guest on Rhode Island Public Radio’s weekly Political Roundtable.

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3:03 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Narragansett chief wants a meeting with Chafee to talk gambling + discrimination

Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas has followed through on his plan to seek a meeting with Governor Lincoln Chafee.

The Narrgansetts remain on the sidelines as Rhode Island’s gambling halls are spending big bucks to promote an expansion of their offerings this November.

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2:06 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Providence City Hall slams council faction’s plan for allocating road repair money

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is “completely opposed” to a plan by some city councilors to use a ward-based approach in allocating money for road repairs, says spokesman David Ortiz:

Ortiz says the council proposal would claim half of the money from a planned $40 million money road-repair bond “to break into pots of money they can spend at their discretion.”

He adds:

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1:09 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Providence council pushing for ward-based approach to road repairs

A special meeting at 6 pm today will take up a push by some Providence City Councilors to use a ward-based approach in making $40 million in envisioned road repairs.

Ward 12 Councilor Terry Hassett says councilors plan to review the bonding authority for the improvements:

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11:12 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Bob Walsh on the pension lawsuit: “The state went too far in making changes”

Here’s a link to the audio for my Q+A with Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island, on the lawsuit by a series of unions against the state’s 2011 pension overhaul.

Politics
3:50 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Gov. Chafee: more high-ranking women in RI government

Photo by: Flo Jonic

PROVIDENCE, RI – Gov. Lincoln Chafee has been unable to jump start Rhode Island's stalled economy, but he says he has fulfilled another campaign promise.

Chafee says he has more than doubled the number of women in high ranking state positions as he promised to do when he ran for office.

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Politics
2:56 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Gov. Chafee: The facts will support my position on 38 Studios

PROVIDENCE, RI – Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he feels vindicated by testimony during the bankruptcy case of failed video game maker 38 Studios.

A bankruptcy meeting on the company's debts and assets began Tuesday in Wilmington, DE. Chafee says the testimony supports his stance in 2010 that 38 Studios was a bad bet for public dollars.

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Politics
2:59 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Sen. Rhoda Perry not seeking re-election

Courtesy: RI General Assembly

PROVIDENCE, RI – A veteran Rhode Island state lawmaker says she will not seek re-election. State Senator Rhoda Perry is calling it quits after 22 years on the job. She leaves a legacy of commitment to liberal causes.

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