There are some glimmers of positive economic news as Rhode Island races toward the New Year. So thanks for stopping for my weekly column. Feel free to share your tips and thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.
A Superior Court judge has ruled that the Secretary of State’s office improperly used the courts to investigate a lobbyist for 38 Studios.
Scott Judge Daniel Procaccini ruled that Secretary of State Ralph Mollis and his lawyer misused the courts when looking into whether Michael Corso was registered with the state while lobbying for the failed video game company.
How did Mollis misuse the courts in the judge’s view? Here to join us with more is Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay
Pablo Rodriguez joins Political Roundtable this week as we discuss the outlook for a trial on the pension dispute; Governor-elect Gina Raimondo going out of state to pick her chief of staff; fallout from recent cases in New York and Ferguson, Missouri, and questions about unregistered lobbying.
If anyone still cares about the Holiday/Christmas tree Statehouse kerfuffle, Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced today that this year’s rotunda evergreen will be called a`` Christmas tree’’ and that Secretary of State Ralph Mollis will light it on Wednesday, December 3 at 6 p.m.
The 15-foor Fraser Fir evergreen was donated to the state by Sarah Partyka of the Farmer’s Daughter farm in South Kingstown.
``I am happy to be part of such a wonderful holiday tradition, lighting the State House Christmas tree,’’ said Mollis in a statement.
Despite two close races and a controversial vote on gambling in Newport, The Rhode Island Secretary of State is predicting only moderate voter turnout for today’s mid-term elections. But the hope is for better numbers than 2010.
That’s because this year has an extremely tight and potentially landmark governor’s race on the line. Latest polling numbers show Democrat Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung neck in neck. Secretary of State Ralph Mollis says his office is hoping for about fifty percent of eligible voters to exercise their right.