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On Politics
5:00 am
Fri June 1, 2012

The myth of RI labor’s State House clout

The cliché that organized labor controls the General Assembly has become one of the biggest fallacies in Rhode Island politics. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains.

Conservative Republicans, some business and media leaders and more than a few Democrats these days say that Rhode Island’s economic troubles stem from organized labor’s political influence.  If only that were true. As George Nee, president of the state AFL-CIO laments, “we’ve taken a lot of bruises lately.’’

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Cicilline staffer Raymonde Charles joining Obama’s campaign in Ohio

Raymonde Charles, press secretary for Congressman David Cicilline, is leaving that role to become a regional Ohio-based press secretary for Presid

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On Politics
3:00 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Taveras lands two more PILOT agreements

The hits keep coming for Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, whose administration has landed new agreements for payments in lieu of taxes from Care New England and CharterCARE. City Hall says the latest agreements mean the administration is approaching its $7.1 million target for new contributions by tax-exempts.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Taveras strikes wide-ranging tentative deal with city unions, retirees

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has struck a tentative agremeent with unions representing city workers and retirees that could move the B-word — bankruptcy — out of the lexicon in the capital city.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

ProJo (hearts) Raimondo

Every newspaper has sacred cows. The Providence Journal’s latest is State Treasurer Gina Raimondo. The mordant newsroom joke is that Raimondo is so sacred that she `moos’. Raimondo is a favorite of publisher Howard Sutton; the two served together on the board of Crossroads, which does much good work in our community to help the homeless get back on their feet.

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