8:32 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Have RI politicians cleaned up their acts?

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's politicians are known throughout the nation for chicanery. But Rhode Island Public Radio's Scott MacKay wonders whether the skullduggery is hitting new lows.

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3:23 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Cicilline makes good on Super Bowl bet

Congressman David Cicilline in his Giants jersey with New York Congresswoman Nan Hayworth.
Photo by: Congressman David Cicilline

PROVIDENCE, RI – Congressman David Cicilline donned a jersey of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants as part of a bet with a colleague from the Empire State.

Cicilline picked the Patriots to win the Super Bowl. Congresswoman Nan Hayworth of New York picked the Giants.

As part of the bet, Cicilline's office released a photo showing him wearing the jersey of Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

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8:36 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Chafee OKs redistricting plan

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee signed legislation Wednesday that redraws Rhode Island's legislative and congressional districts for the next 10 years. Republicans say they intend to go to court to challenge part of the plan.

Chafee spokeswoman Christine Hunsinger says the governor signed the bill after he was assured that it was constitutional. She says GOP complaints about changes to a Burrillville House district are "a legislative decision."

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8:54 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Doherty kicks off Congressional campaign

Republican congressional candidate Brendan Doherty
Photo by Flo Jonic

PROVIDENCE, RI – Republican congressional candidate Brendan Doherty says his campaign to unseat former Providence mayor David Cicilline will be about character and accountability. Doherty's comments were made to hundreds of volunteers at an election year kick-off breakfast Sunday.

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9:03 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Taveras tops RI campaign fundraising

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras was the top fundraiser among local and state politicians in 2011. That's a surprise since state Treasurer Gina Raimondo is also a leading fundraiser.

As a former venture capitalist, Raimondo has been able to draw on a network of contacts in building an impressive campaign war chest. She's also attracted a lot of national attention while leading the push to overhaul Rhode Island's pension system.

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9:01 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Chafee delivers message of hope, taxes in State of the State

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee used his State of the State address to make the case for two new tax proposals.

Chafee wants to use a 2% hike in the meal and beverage tax to steer more money to K-12 education. The governor says that an investment in the state that will relieve pressure on property taxes for struggling cities and towns.

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1:55 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Former Gov. J. Joseph Garrahy laid to rest

Garrahy's casket at Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul
Photo by: Flo Jonic

PROVIDENCE, RI – Former Governor J. Joseph Garrahy has been laid to rest after a funeral attended by powerful politicians and ordinary citizens. He was remembered as a man who never forgot his humble roots.

The Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul was nearly full for the funeral of former Governor Joe Garrahy, who died last week at the age of 81.

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9:39 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Constituents divided over Watson's political future

PROVIDENCE, RI – State representative Robert Watson has been summoned to appear in district court this week to answer to a charge of marijuana possession. His arrest a week ago yesterday in South Kingstown was his second drug charge in less than a year. Rhode Island Public Radio headed to East Greenwich to find out what his constituents in East Greenwich think of his brushes with the law.

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3:32 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

S. Kingstown Police probing lack of sobriety test for Rep. Watson

Rep. Robert Watson's booking photo from his arrest over the weekend.
Credit: South Kingstown Police Department

PROVIDENCE, RI – South Kingstown police say they're conducting an internal investigation into why State Representative Robert Watson wasn't given a sobriety test when he was charged with marijuana possession early Sunday morning. The police report on the incident says he appeared, quote, "highly intoxicated."

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8:26 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Chafee: cities and towns need help

Governor Lincoln Chafee
Staff photo

PROVIDENCE, RI – Pressing issues facing the General Assembly in its new session include a budget deficit, troubled local pensions, and struggling cities and towns. Last week, we heard from Senate president Teresa Paiva-Weed and House Speaker Gordon Fox. Today, we hear from Governor Lincoln Chafee, who talked with Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis about the urgency of helping struggling cities and towns.

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