Politics

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.
Credit RIPR FILE

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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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Political Roundtable: Edwards on Sakonnet Tolls, the Pension Settlement & the Gun Debate

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Representative John "Jay" Edwards joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge; the Statehouse debate over guns; fallout from the Cranston parking ticket scandal; and the proposed state pension settlement.

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Politics
10:59 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Fung Says Retiring Police Chief Will Not Receive An Enhanced Pension

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and the city's police force have been embroiled in controversy over a slew of suspicious parking tickets.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said the city’s police chief did not enhance his retirement benefits by briefly being reinstated before retiring earlier this week.  Former chief Marco Palombo will get an annual pension of just under $80,000.

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Governor's Race
11:15 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Raimondo Unveils State Infrastructure Improvement Plan

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo unveiled a plan Monday to improve the state’s roads, bridges, and other infrastructure.  Raimondo touts her proposal as a way to bolster Rhode Island’s lackluster economy.

Raimondo toured an outdated bridge on the East Providence-Seekonk line to dramatize her call for improving Rhode Island’s infrastructure. Raimondo says putting more money into overhauling roads, bridges and school buildings will improve the state while also sparking its economy.

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Politics
9:49 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Senator Whitehouse "Moved" by Trip to Ukraine

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (center) looks down at a memorial in Maidan Square, alongside Senator John McCain (far left) and Senator Dick Durbin (yellow tie)
Credit Office of Senator Dick Durbin

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse returned Sunday from Ukraine, which he visited as part of a bipartisan Senate delegation.

The delegation, headed by Senators John McCain and Dick Durbin, met with officials from the Ukrainian government in Kiev. The group also traveled to Maidan square where they paid their respects to the fallen.

Whitehouse says he was “moved and inspired” by his visit. He praised what he called Ukraine’s  “commitment to freedom,” and condemned Russia’s aggression as “outside the conduct of a civilized nation.”

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Raimondo on Wall Street, Hedge Funds, Transparency, Inequality & More

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q+A to discuss government transparency, Wall Street, how to reduce inequality, hedge fund investments in the state pension, and much more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Political Roundtable: Raimondo on Her Jobs Plan, I-195 Development, High-Stakes Testing & More

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her plan meant to add manufacturing jobs; high-stakes testing; tax policy; the slow start to redeveloping former I-195 land; and other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Fung on Taxes, Debates, Paying for his Proposals & More

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss his Republican gubernatorial campaign and a host of other issues, including how many debates he plans to have with GOP rival Ken Block.

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