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5:34 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Reed poised to chair Senate Armed Services Committee in 2015

Barring a Republican takeover of the US Senate, Senator Jack Reed is poised to take over the chairmanship in 2015 of the Senate Armed Services Committee. That's due to just-announced plans by the current chair, Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, to not seek re-election next year.

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4:25 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

RI Jobless Rate Drops Slightly

In a sign that Rhode Island finally, albeit slowly, is emerging from the recession, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped slightly in January to 9.8 percent, from 9.9 percent in December.

The good news is that January represented the third consecutive month of job growth in the state. Hiring was led by the retail and restaurant industries. The jobless rate has dropped considerably since the high of 11.9 percent in January, 2010.

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On Politics
2:56 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Woonsocket Council Prez Ward Concerned About Possible Tax Hit for CVS

Woonsocket City Council President John Ward is concerned that jobs provided by CVS Caremark Corporation could vanish if the company loses a big chunk of a state tax credit.

"Based on their reaction, I'm a little concerned," Ward said, referring to how CVS lobbyist Robert Goldberg said the company may reconsider its ties to Rhode Island if it loses part of a job development tax credit worth about $15 million a year.

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On Politics
12:01 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Is There a Political Cost For Voting for Same-Sex Marriage?

As the wait continues for the Senate Judiciary Committee to take up a same-sex marriage bill, supporters and opponents are continuing grassroots campaigns trumpeting their point of view. One of their points of contention is whether there's a political cost for lawmakers  for lawmakers who vote in support of same-sex marriage.

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On Politics
11:41 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Tax debate heats up in Rhode Island as some push for a "game-changer"

The debate over tax policy is heating up as the House Finance Committee gets set to hear testimony Wednesday on Governor Lincoln Chafee's proposed cut to the corporate tax.

Highlights:

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On Politics
4:47 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

RIPR's `On Politics' blog cited by Wash Post as one of nation's best

Not to brag or anything, but we must point out that our `On Politics’ blog has made the Washington Post’s annual list of best state-based political blogs in the United States. This is the second straight year `On Politics’ has been in such august company with blogs from all 50 states. We also should note that our friendly competition, Nesi’s Notes, the work of intrepid WPRI_TV blogger Ted Nesi, was the other Rhode Island blog to make the coveted list.  On Politics is co-authored by Ian Donnis, RIPR political reporter, and Scott MacKay, RIPR political analyst.

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On Politics
2:54 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Len Levin becomes new RI Supreme Court grammarian

Len Levin, a retired Providence Journal editor known for his meticulous work with reporters’ copy and a deep knowledge of all things Rhode Island, has been chosen as the Rhode Island Supreme Court’s new grammarian.

Levin, an extraordinarily literate and well-read person, replaces the late Joel Sekeres, also a retired ProJo editor and reporter who died recently. Levin will assume responsibility for parsing high court decisions for grammar errors.

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On Politics
12:56 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

New State Board of Education to Hold its First Meeting Next Monday

The merged state board that will oversee K through 12 and higher education is set to hold its first meeting at 5 pm next Monday, March 11, at the Warwick campus of the Community College of Rhode Island.

The combined board is expected to take us issues lingering since the dissolution of two separate state education boards last December. The state Senate has already confirmed 4 of 11 members for the merged board; the remaining seven are due to be confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

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On Politics
4:47 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Cicilline Predicts Backlash over Sequestration Will Bring Progress

Congressman David Cicilline thinks public frustration over broad-based federal spending cuts will lead -- eventually -- to more fruitful budget talks in Congress.

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On Politics
12:22 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

RI economy to suffer sequester foolishness

Rhode Island’s economy is finally showing signs of emerging from the recession. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay tells us how the sequester fiasco in Washington threatens our state’s progress.

Most Rhode Islanders by now have adopted a my-eyes-glaze over attitude towards a dysfunctional federal government that careens from one self-inflicted crisis to another. The latest is the so-called sequester, the arbitrary cuts in federal spending that loom because Democrats and Republicans in Congress can’t seem to act like grown-ups and figure out how to deal with taxing and spending.

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