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7:08 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Roger Suchite Moving From City Hall to Cicilline's Staff

Roger Suchite is leaving his job as director of advance for Providence Mayor Angel Taveras to become senior field representative for Congressman David Cicilline.

Suchite's responsibilities in the new post will include constituent casework and joining Cicilline at Rhode Island events, according to Cicilline spokesman Andrew Gernt.

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3:29 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Fox, Paiva Weed Offer Non-Committal Statement on Proposed Pension Settlement

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, along with Gordon Fox, has issued a statement on the proposed pension settlement.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

In their first comment since a proposed pension settlement was unveiled Friday afternoon, House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed steer clear of either endorsing or opposing the deal.

Here's a joint statement from the two legislative leaders:

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3:04 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

RI Pension Settlement more start than end of debate

In the famous words of Yogi Berra, `it ain’t over till its over.’ RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why that’s the case with the latest twist in Rhode Island’s public employee pension settlement.

In many a long legal  battle, a settlement reached out of court marks the end of a contentious lawsuit. The opposing parties shake hands and sometimes share an odd drop. Then they put the dispute behind them.

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7:48 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

What a week in Rhode Island politics. Welcome back to my weekly column, and thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Let's get snapping.

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6:31 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

The Politics of the RI Pension Settlement

In most protracted court battles, a settlement reached after tortuous year-long negotiations marks the end of a lawsuit and allows the parties to move forward. Often the lawyers celebrate and perhaps even share an odd drop together.

That wasn’t the case Friday. The  proposed legal settlement between the state and the unions that represent public school teachers and state employees and retirees is just the beginning of a cumbersome ratification process that is sure to become ensnared in what is shaping up as a contentious political campaign season in Rhode Island.

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On Politics
3:23 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Roberts Endorses Gorbea for Secretary of State

Nellie Gorbea is touting an endorsement from Elizabeth Roberts, Rhode Island's first female lieutenant governor, as Gorbea tries to become the state's first Latina secretary of state.

Roberts, who is poised to leave public office in 2015 after two terms as lieutenant governor, is co-chairing a Women for Nellie fundraiser on March 3 at Embolden Design in Pawtucket. The other co-chair is Embolden's owner, Ann-Marie Harrington. Suggested contributions for the event run from $50 to $1000.

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11:59 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Pension Settlement Appears Back on Track

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo during a 2011 pension meeting with state lawmakers
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Update: It looks like a settlement is back on; the federal mediation service plans to hold a news conference at 4:15 pm Friday.

A news conference to unveil a pension settlement Wednesday afternoon was abruptly postponed, although closed-door mediation in the case will continue. Meanwhile, the judge overseeing the dispute has also set a trial for September 15, in the event that a settlement can’t be reached.

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10:28 am
Wed February 12, 2014

WPRI/ProJo Poll Shows a Wide-Open Race for Governor

The latest WPRI-TV/Providence Journal poll shows Angel Taveras clinging to a small lead among the three major Democratic candidates for governor, although the main takeaway is the wide-open nature of the contest.

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On Politics
5:13 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Sony, Chafee, 38 Studios and reality

Now comes another high-tech blabber seeking to blame Gov. Lincoln Chafee for the Curt Schilling -38 Studios fiasco that was actually done in the waning days of Gov. Donald Carcieri’s administration.

John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment, slammed Chafee in a series of twitter comments this week. But his arguments are so incongruous that it is very difficult to take him seriously.

It’s more like he has been sampling the new legal stuff in Denver or Seattle.

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3:34 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Fung Calls For Immediate Release of Details on Pension Settlement

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung is calling for the immediate release of details about a settlement of the state pension dispute.

The federal mediation service that oversaw more than a year of closed-door talks plans to unveil the details during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

In a statement, Fung say it’s past time to let local officials on what was discussed during months of closed-door talks.

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