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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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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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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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1:22 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Time to take RI water seriously

If there is one government service most Rhode Islanders take for granted, it’s the drinking water that flows from our faucets. RIPR political analyst  Scott MacKay says that may not be the case in the future.

One of Rhode Island’s grand assets is the millions of gallons of water that flows every day from the Scituate Reservoir to the sinks, bubblers and bathtubs that serve 60 percent of our state. In a state with a serious inferiority complex about so much, our water is the boast of a small state.

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12:28 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Ruggerio Proposes Special Commission for Garrahy Garage

The idea of creating a parking garage near the Garrahy Judicial Complex has been periodically batted around for a quarter-century. Now, Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio is proposing a special legislative commission "to make a comprehensive study and issue findings regarding building a structured parking facility in downtown Providence, specifically at the Garrahy Judicial Complex."

The commission would be charged with reporting its findings by January 7, 2014. Via news release:

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3:51 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Robert Walsh Now Regrets Backing Obama over Clinton in 2008

Walsh bending the ear of House Speaker Gordon Fox during a previous legislative session
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

One of Rhode Island's most prominent Democratic union leaders, Robert A. Walsh Jr., says he now regrets backing Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in 2008:

"I was an early and vocal supporter of President Obama's first bid for [presidential] office, and in hindsight, I probably should have been an early and vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton. So for all my friends who have chastised me for that, this is an admission that I was wrong on that case -- on the experience issue."

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1:45 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

WJAR-TV Parent Media General Merging with Young Broadcasting

Virginia-based Media General, the owner of WJAR-TV (Channel 10), is merging with Young Broadcasting.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

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On Politics
5:32 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Tensions Flare Anew Between Raimondo's Office and Siedle

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo's office and one of her most prominent critics, Ted Siedle, are trading shots anew after the state's largest public-employee union hired Siedle to review the work of the state Investment Commission.

In a statement, Raimondo spokeswoman Joy Fox says:

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