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5:00 am
Mon July 16, 2012

R.I.P. Elaine Hanlon

Elaine Hanlon of Providence, a dedicated veteran investigator for the Rhode Island Public Defender’s office, died at Rhode Island Hospital last week after suffering an apparent heart attack at a July Fourth picnic. She was 54.

Universally known as `Laney,’ Hanlon was known for compassion towards her impoverished clients and her tenacity in helping them obtain justice in the Rhode Island legal system.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Internet sales tax fairness needed now

Congress can easily help cash-strapped states collect millions in sales taxes from Internet sales. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why action is needed to protect Main Street retailers.

The sun is high; your vacation is nigh. What better way to while away a splendid July afternoon in the Ocean State than a trip to the shore with that book you’ve been meaning to get to.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Narragansetts remain on the sidelines as RI + Massachusetts gear up for more gambling

Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas can only watch in frustration as 1) Massachusetts moves ahead with plans for expanded gambling in nearby Taunton; and Rhode Island’s slot parlors spend heavily in hopes of adding table games at Twin River and Newport Grand.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Gemma says his campaign gained 242K in Q2, some of it from a loan

Democratic congressional candidate Anthony Gemma says his campaign account collected $242,000 during the quarter that ended June 30, from contributions and a personal loan of unspecified size.

“I am grateful to all who considered my candidacy and made the decision to support it financially,” said Mr. Gemma.  “I shall continue to demonstrate, through deed and word, that their confidence in me was well placed.”

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On Politics
5:00 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Patrick Kennedy says he’s disappointed in Anthony Gemma’s lack of support for other RI Democrats

Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy is calling out Anthony Gemma for comments made by Gemma during an appearance on WPRO’s Buddy Cianci show earlier this week:

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On Politics
4:00 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Hinckley says he’ll have enough money to get his message out against Whitehouse

Republican Barry Hinckley continues to lag far behind the fundraising pace set by Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, but Hinckley says he’ll have enough money to get his message out on the way to the November election.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Would a full-time General Assembly be better for Rhode Island?

A few months ago, a young campaign operative made an earnest argument to me: Rhode Island would be better served by a full-time General Assembly. Observers of Smith Hill might have reason to be skeptical that longer hours and better pay would improve the legislature. Yet my friend Arlene Violet is now adding her voice to those calling for a full-time General Assembly:

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On Politics
2:00 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Whitehouse campaign says it raised 450K+ in Q2; 3.5M+ COH

No surprise here, but Sheldon Whitehouse isn’t hurting for cash as he gets into campaign mode:

Whitehouse for Senate today announced that it will report over $3.5 million cash on hand for Senator Whitehouse’s re-election campaign, after raising more than $450,000 in the second fundraising quarter of 2012. In addition, the grassroots campaign has submitted over 3,500 nomination signatures from people representing every city and town across Rhode Island so the Senator can appear on the ballot in November.  

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On Politics
5:00 am
Wed July 11, 2012

East Providence on path to Solvency; Bradley Hospital gets paid

East Providence city government is on its way to solvency and the lessons are fairly simple: Once again, negotiation and conciliation works better than confrontation and litigation.

Under the arrangement forged by the state Budget Commission that was ushered in to scrutinize East Providence finances, the city’s largest creditor, Bradley Hospital, which provides special education services to the city, will receive all payments within 60 days. The hospital had been owed more than $4 million for services, which threatened to send the city into receivership.

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4:00 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Chafee says he’s vindicated by testimony in 38 Studios’ bankruptcy; pledges review of EDC oversight

Governor Lincoln Chafee says he’s vindicated by testimony offered yesterday during a meeting in Wilmington, Delaware, on the bankruptcy of Curt Schilling’s failed video game company, 38 Studios.

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