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5:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Cicilline, Doherty ramp up the battle of the surrogates

Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is set to headline a fundraiser for Republican Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty this evening at the Metacomet Country Club in East Providence.

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4:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Rhoda Perry bowing out of the RI Senate after 22 years

State Senator Rhoda Perry,  a liberal stalwart from Providence, has decided against seeking re-election after more than two decades in the chamber.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Fox says loan guarantee program wasn’t expanded exclusively for 38 Studios

House Speaker Gordon Fox is distancing himself from responsibility for the demise of 38 Studios.

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4:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Jerzyk moving to deputy city solicitor post in Providence

Matt Jerzyk, drector of policy, municipal affairs and senior counsel to Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, has accepted an assignment as deputy city solicitor, RIPR has learned.

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3:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Fox pledges same-sex marriage vote; focus turns to the Senate

House Speaker Gordon Fox, during a taping this morning of WPRI/WNAC-TV’s Newsmakers, said he plans to call a vote on same-sex marriage early in the next legislative session. While legislative elections this fall could change the composition of the House, Fox believes he has the votes to pass the measure (assuming he wins re-election).

Marriage Equality Rhode Island has released the following statement in response:

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On Politics
5:00 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Ferguson’s Triumph

Christine Ferguson is the one Rhode Islander who has been most vindicated by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the so-called individual mandate aspect of the Affordable Care Act that requires everyone to have health insurance coverage.

Ferguson, of Jamestown, was chosen last week by Governor Lincoln Chafee to head the state’s new Health Benefits Exchange that hopes to move Rhode Island toward universal health care coverage.

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4:00 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Providence solicitor backs FinCom’s power to change its leader

Providence City Solicitor Jeffrey Padwa is backing the ability of the City Council’s Finance Committee to change its chairman.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Thu June 28, 2012

RNC’s Priebus helps RI GOP raise money for legislative candidates

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, was the headliner for a mid-day state GOP fundraiser at Hemenway’s Restaurant in Providence.

State GOP chairman Mark Zaccaria says proceeds — which were expected to hit a target of $5000 — will go to Republican legislative candidates. The event was closed to media.

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2:00 am
Thu June 28, 2012

SCOTUS upholds healthcare overhaul; RI officials react

The reaction is streaming in to the US Supreme Court’s decision, on a 5-4 vote, to uphold most of the Democratic-backed Affordable Care Act:

Senator Jack Reed:

“Health reform is long overdue.  Nearly two decades ago, former Republican Senator John H. Chafee pointed out that a private health insurance market works best when everyone is in the insurance market.  And during the debate in 2009, top Republicans in Congress were still saying “there is a bipartisan consensus to have an individual mandate.”

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On Politics
5:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Rhode Island’s Iconic July Fourth

The hydrangeas are in full bloom, the sailboats bob on their harbor moorings and the red, white and blue stripe adorns Hope Street. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay takes a break from politics to celebrate our nation’s birth.

It’s the height of summer: long days of light framed by peach sunsets, high sun and a cobalt sky punctuated by whipped cream clouds.

The handsome Federal and Greek revival homes are dressed in American flags and more red white and blue bunting than Fenway Park on Opening Day.

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