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Politics
9:39 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Lt. Gov. Candidates Differ On The Future Of HealthSource RI

Healthsource RI

The two candidates running for lieutenant governor differ on what should be done with the state’s health insurance exchange HealthSource RI. Right now federal dollars are funding the exchange, but soon Rhode Island will have to come up with $20 million to keep it running.

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Governor's Race
9:29 am
Tue October 14, 2014

New Governor's Race Poll Results Out Tomorrow

Republican candidate for governor Allan Fung, was 5 percent behind Democrat Gina Raimondo, in a poll from September.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A new poll in the governor’s race comes out Tuesday from The Providence Journal and WPRI.  It’s the second poll in the governor’s race since the primary. It comes with just three weeks remaining before the general election.

The first poll came out in late September, and showed Democratic state treasurer Gina Raimondo with a slight lead over Republican Cranston Mayor Allan Fung. 

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Politics
9:18 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Scoop GOP Endorsements

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has received an endorsement from Mitt Romney, while businessman Ken Block is expected to receive endorsement from RI Republican John Robitaille.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With the primary election just a week away, Republican Mitt Romney is throwing his support behind Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.  Romney says Fung has a strong record of financial reform in Cranston.

Republican John Robitaille is expected to endorse businessman Ken Block for Governor in the upcoming primary. Robitaille ran for Governor in 2010, losing narrowly to then-independent Lincoln Chafee.  Block also ran in that election, as a Moderate.  Robitaille is scheduled to make his endorsement at the Statehouse later today.

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Politics
9:32 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Fung Recieves Endorsement From Former Governor Lincoln Almond

Republican candidate for governor Allan Fung receives an endorsement from former governor, Lincoln Almond.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Former governor Lincoln Almond Wednesday endorsed Cranston Mayor Allan Fung for the state’s top job.  Almond calls Fung the best-qualified Republican in the GOP primary for governor.

Almond says he reached out to Fung after being unimpressed with a recent TV appearance by Fung’s GOP rival, Ken Block. Almond says it’s not realistic to think Block can cut a billion dollars from the state budget over four years. The former governor said Fung’s experience as a mayor is what sets him apart.

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Political Roundtable
9:17 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Political Roundtable: Block On RI's Economy, Pension Settlement, + More

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Block
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

On tap this week, Republican Ken Block’s plan to rescue the Rhode Island economy, and the outlook for the settlement aimed at ending the lawsuit over the state pension system.  Host Elisabeth Harrison sits in for Ian Donnis, and is joined by Rhode Island Public Radio’s political analyst Scott MacKay, and University of Rhode Island Political Science Professor Maureen Moakley.

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Politics
8:54 am
Wed February 26, 2014

GOP Candidate Ken Block Presents Plan To “Fix Rhode Island”

Block's plan calls for ambitious tax reforms, some of which have been brought up, and failed in previous legislative sessions.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block announced his “Block Plan” to “fix Rhode Island,” should he be elected governor.

Block outlined a series of major tax reforms he would pursue, including reducing the corporate sales tax from 9 percent to 7 percent.  That would make it the lowest in New England.

He also called for eliminating a $500 minimum tax for new businesses. Block said the current tax policy makes Rhode Island an uninviting place for businesses and entrepreneurs.

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Politics
10:39 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Baldelli-Hunt To Be Inaugurated As New Mayor Of Woonsocket

Woonsocket City Hall
Credit RIPR FILE

The new mayor of Woonsocket, Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, is slated to be inaugurated this evening Tuesday.  Baldelli-Hunt is taking on the job after winning four terms as a state representative.

House Speaker Gordon Fox plans to swear in Baldelli-Hunt during a 7 pm ceremony at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket.  Her uncle, Charles Baldelli, a former mayor in the city, will emcee the event.

Baldelli-Hunt beat two term Republican mayor Leo Fontaine in an election last month. The change comes as Woonsocket continues to wrestle with financial problems.

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RI News
4:23 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Federal Prosecutors Feel Pinch of Shutdown

Federal Courts in Rhode Island are feeling the effects of the partial government shutdown.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The federal government shutdown is having an impact on the prosecution of federal cases in Rhode Island. 

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha has had to furlough a third to a half of his 45-person staff because of the federal government shutdown.  He said they’re managing by bringing in people who are working on the most urgent cases and then rotating them as the cases change.

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Politics
1:01 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Sen. Reed: We Have to Pay our Debts, There’s Time for Politics Later

Sen. Jack Reed calls a government shutdown "an expensive, political gamble."
Credit file / RIPR

The federal government is edging closer to a government shutdown. President Barack Obama said he'll veto legislation coming out of the House that delays much of the Affordable Care Act for a year.  Over in the Democratic-run Senate, it has passed legislation preventing the shutdown and leaving Obamacare untouched. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Rhode Island’s senior senator Jack Reed to talk about what could be done to avoid a shutdown.

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