Anya Rader Wallack, who as chairwoman of the Green Mountain Health Care Board has led Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin’s ambitious state health care overhaul, is leaving the post and moving back to Rhode Island.
Rader Wallack, one of New England’s leading health policy gurus, is leaving Vermont because her family, which is based in Little Compton, does not want to move to the Green Mountain state, she said.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras unveiled a 20-point economic plan Wednesday morning during a meeting of the Providence Foundation. The mayor's repeated rhetorical emphasis -- how Providence has bounced back from the financial abyss thanks to collaboration and shared sacrifice -- sounded like one message he'll wield next year during an expected Democratic run for governor.
Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin issued a statement this morning, calling on the General Assembly to put the brakes on same-sex marriage legislation due to the US Supreme Court's consideration of related issues:
David Scharfenberg, the news editor of the Providence Phoenix and one of Rhode Island’s very best young journalists, is leaving the alternative weekly for a position covering politics at Boston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR.
Add Senator Josh Miller (D-Cranston) to the list of potential candidates for lieutenant governor in 2014.
Miller says it's too early to consider him an LG candidate, but adds that there "might be a point before the end of the session that I'll start looking at it."
The Cranston Democrat and restaurateur says he's focused on legislative matters for now and wants to consider his potential effectiveness as lieutenant governor before making a decision. Miller says he can offer "a wide range of experience on a wide range of issues."
In the flurry of commentary about the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. intervention in Iraq, the role of one Rhode Island political figure who did the right thing has not received much attention from the Rhode Island media.
That would be then-Republican Sen. Linc Chafee’s lonely vote against President Bush’s rush to war under the most dubious of rationales. Chafee was the only Republican senator who voted against the ill-fated Iraq War that Bush pushed under the false evidence that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
Rhode Island lawmakers have spent a lot of time recently searching for ideas to jump-start the state economy. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay suggests they head back to the future.
Hardly a week passes without Rhode Island’s business, political and public policy elite floating yet another plan for digging our state out of its economic rut. The ideas run the gamut; from modest proposals as providing more internships to keep college students in Rhode Island after they graduate to bigger dreams, such as abolishing the state sales tax.
Welcome back to my weekly column. A 12-hour legislative committee meeting on the same night when the RI GOP invalidates a vote for chairman? Just another day in the Biggest Little. Your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's get to it.
In another sign that Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is serious about running for governor in 2014: sources close to the mayor say he has hired a leading Washington, D.C.-based political consulting firm and top Rhode Island campaign strategist J.B. Poersch, a longtime aide to U.S. Sen. Jack Reed.
Taveras has retained SKDKnickerbocker as his campaign consultants. Poersch and veteran consultant Bill Knapp will lead the team advising Taveras as he plans his campaign.