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1:58 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Chafee using new Democratic label to raise campaign cash

Gov. Lincoln Chafee is busy embracing his new party. The RI governor was in Massachusetts with President Barack Obama on the campaign circuit to boost the Senate candidacy of U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, D_Mass.

Newly minted Democrat Chafee is also ramping up his fundraising for a 2014 reelection bid. The governor has scheduled a fundraising event for Tuesday, June 25th at the University Club on Benefit Street in Providence. It is a two-tier fundraiser with suggested contributions of  $500 and $1,000.

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11:07 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Gannett Buying Belo's TV Side; ProJo Not Part of the Deal

The Gannett Company is buying the Belo Corporation, the Dallas-based entity that owns 20 television stations, for $1.5 billion. Belo Corporation became a separate company in 2008 from A.H. Belo, the owner of the Providence Journal.

The AP reports:

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On Politics
4:31 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Get tickets for the RI 350th Charter Celebration

Rhode Island has a big celebration coming up and the time to get tickets for the fund-raising gala is dwindling down.

Three and a half centuries ago, Rhode Island struck a blow that would ripple around the globe when England granted the colony a charter that for the first time in the modern world set up a government that gave absolute religious freedom to citizens.

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4:24 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

The Stealthy Slyness of Chafee's Rap on Republicans (Part II)

Chafee, when he was still an independent.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The Fix says VP Joe Biden has a message in tune with Democrats' needs as they face a tough mid-term fight in 2014:

Speaking at a fundraiser in D.C. for Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey’s special Senate election campaign, the vice president launched into a lengthy broadside against the current state of the Republican Party.

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On Politics
1:25 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Audit Shows Six Individuals Received $558K in Disability Pension Overpayments

Six people with disability pensions through the state retirement system received almost $560,000 in overpayments, an audit shows.

The findings were announced by state Treasurer Gina Raimondo, who chairs the state Retirement Board. She says they were revealed by the Employees' Retirement System of Rhode Island (ERSRI) and the auditing firm of Sullivan & Company.

Raimondo says the overpayments took place between 2001 and the end of 2011.

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On Politics
11:40 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Tennis Anyone?

The Rhode Island Tennis Festival will take place this Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Slater Memorial Park in Pawtucket. The event is sponsored by the RI state association of the United States Tennis Association. There will be booths, games, tennis lessons as well as program, equipment and tournament information.

The event will feature a Kids 10 and under tennis program, a fast serve contest and mini-lessons for juniors, adults and seniors. There will be information on how to get involved in USTA programs, such as Junior Team Tennis and Adult League Tennis.

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On Politics
2:26 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Cicilline + GOP Counterpart Wager on the Stanley Cup, to Tout Bi-Partisanship

Congressman David Cicilline is touting a casual Stanley Cup bet with a Republican counterpart from Illinois, Adam Kinzinger, as a way of bolstering bi-partisanship in Congress.

Kinzinger and Cicilline are members of No Labels, a group seeking to overcome partisan gridlock in DC.

Via news release:

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On Politics
12:03 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Rainone Resigns as NEARI Secretary After Arrest in East Greenwich

The secretary of the state's largest teachers' union, Louis Rainone, has resigned from that post following his arrest in East Greenwich last Friday on charges of simple assault or battery and disorderly conduct.

In a statement, the National Education Association Rhode Island says:

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On Politics
12:13 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Avedisian Says He "Can't Vote" for Chafee as a Democrat

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, who once described Governor Lincoln Chafee as his political soul-mate, says he "can't vote" for his close friend now that Chafee is a Democrat.

"I'm a Republican and I would expect to be supporting the Republican candidate," Avedisian told reporters, including RIPR's Flo Jonic, before a news conference Monday morning.

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On Politics
4:15 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

TGIF: 14 Things to Know About RI Politics + Media

The start of June has done nothing, naturally, to stop the breakneck flow of news in the Land of The Gift That Keeps on Giving. So welcome back to my weekly column. You can reach me at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) com, and (please) follow me on Twitter. Let's head in.

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