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3:33 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

We remain stuck in the pit of winter, judging by the forecast for the latest in a string of storms. Yet things are already percolating for our next massive political season, so let's get to it. As always, your thoughts, tips, and reactions are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.

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12:25 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Rhode Island's consolidation blues

RI State Capitol
Credit RIPR file

The high cost of local government in Rhode Island has forever been an issue. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why – even in a recession- our little state can’t make progress on consolidating municipal services.

It seemed like a smart and easy way for both Warwick and East Greenwich to save taxpayer money. In 2011, at the depth of the recession, leaders of the two communities got together to see if they could merge fire dispatch services in a way that would incorporate new technologies and save money.

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12:10 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Jack Reed Cruises into 2014 in Enviable Shape

The informal launch of Senator Jack Reed's campaign for his fourth term is set to start  Sunday evening with a packed fundraiser at the Providence Biltmore.

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5:06 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

ACLU Raps RI AGs on Open Records Prosecutions; Kilmartin Disagrees

A new report by the state chapter of the ACLU says Rhode Island's last three attorneys general -- Sheldon Whitehouse, Patrick Lynch, and Peter Kilmartin -- have prosecuted violations of the state's open records law less than four percent of the time from 1999 to last June.

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2:08 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Central Falls Moves Forward on Ethics; Senate Compromise on Ethics Commission Remains Elusive

Diossa pledged as a candidate to bolster ethics in Central Falls.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The tiny city of Central Falls  is moving ahead Thursday evening with what is considered one of the toughest ethics reforms for a small municipality in the country,  even as efforts to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of the General Assembly continue to languish.

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5:08 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Raimondo bringing in experienced campaign veteran as chief of staff

Gina Raimondo
Credit RIPR file

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo is hiring Andrew Roos, an experienced campaign operative who helmed Myrth York's 2002 gubernatorial general election campaign, as her chief of staff, RIPR has learned. The move is the latest signal that Raimondo is very likely to run for governor in 2014.

Raimondo's chief of staff since 2011, Joe Pratt, will reportedly get a different job within her office.

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10:28 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Brown's Paxson, ProJo's Sutton Among Business Coalition Backing Same-Sex Marriage

Rhode Islanders United for Marriage, the coalition pushing for the state Senate to pass same-sex marriage, has unveiled a new group, Rhode Island Business Leaders for Marriage Equality, whose prominent members include Brown University President Christina Paxson (not yet listed on the Web site) and Providence Journal publisher Howard Sutton.

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On Politics
5:06 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Reed + Whitehouse well-positioned to gain Senate seniority

With a wave of departures in the US Senate, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are positioned to expand their seniority -- a potent coin of the realm in Congress.

Aaron Blake reports at The Fix on the turnover:

Currently, 24 senators have called it quits between 2010 and today — just three less than the previous high of 27 retirements between 1992 and 1996.

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3:10 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Cyber-security comes of age as a media hot topic

Cyber-security -- a topic long championed by Congressman Jim Langevin -- has finally emerged as a bona fide hot topic.

Tech writer Arik Hesseldahl offers this overview Tuesday, in a piece ominously headlined, "Cyberwar with China is here, like it or not":

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On Politics
12:15 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Follies Tickets Still Available

If yesterday’s dress rehearsal is any indication, this year’s Providence Newspaper Guild Follies will be  the funniest in years!

The Follies, of course, is the original spoof in song, skit and stand-up comedy of all things Rhode Island, especially our state’s politicians. This year, among the stars will be Linc, Gina, Angel, Jack, Jim, Sheldon, Elizabeth and David!!

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