Eighty years ago, Rhode Island Democrats took over state government with one fell swoop in a coup that became known as the Bloodless Revolution. The event has set the template for Rhode Island politics ever since.
In just 14 minutes at the State House on New Year’s Day, 1935, the Democrats took control of the General Assembly, replaced the entire Rhode Island Supreme Court, consigned to the dustbin of history more than 80 boards and commissions and fired Republican appointees who had run state government forever.
An ambitious four-year plan to upgrade T.F. Green Airport has finally gotten underway. Monday one of the airport’s two runways was shut down to make way for the removal of a hangar. Next month work begins on a new de-icing fluid treatment plant.
Peter Frazer, general counsel to the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, said none of this should inconvenience travelers.
A snow storm is on its way. Yes, again. The ACLU says the state's Attorneys General are falling down on the job of enforcing the Open Meetings Law. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast, along with this week's Political Roundtable with guest Pablo Rodriguez.
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State Representative Joe Shekarchi joins the Roundtable this week to talk about NECAP test results, binding arbitration, leveraging the airport, and the political future of state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.