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4:11 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Ex-Speaker Fox selling Providence Home

Former Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox of Providence has put his Providence home on the market.

Fox, who resigned as speaker after state police and FBI and IRS agents raided his State House office and his East Side home on March 21, is asking  $615,00 for his house on Gorton Street on the East Side of the city.

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4:05 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Media & Politics

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and my short missives can be found on the twitters. Let's head right in:

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On Politics
4:20 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

RI Unemployment Rate Dips

Rhode Island's unemployment dipped in March, but it continues to have one of the highest rates of unemployment in the country.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate has inched down to 8.7 percent in March, an improvement, but evidence that the state trails the region and most of the nation in economic activity.

The state Department of Labor and Training reports that new data shows the seasonally adjusted rate declined from 9 percent in February and is now at the lowest rate since September, 2008.

The number of Rhode Islanders who were working increased to 506,000 in March, a hike of 2,700 from February  statistics.

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On Politics
5:10 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Block Dings Dems & Fung; Touts Himself as Change Agent

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block used a Statehouse news conference Wednesday afternoon to present a hat trick of related assertions: 1) Rhode Island Democrats are bad for previously supporting former House Speaker Gordon Fox; 2) rival GOP candidate Allan Fung is wrong to accept campaign contributions from members of the police union Fung negotiates with as mayor of Cranston; 3) all this, combined with Block's distance from politics as usual, makes Block the embodiment of change in the race for governor.

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1:35 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Taft-Carter Rejects State Motion to Dismiss Pension Lawsuit

A judge has rejected a state motion to dismiss the public pension lawsuit.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter has denied a state motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the 2011 overhaul of Rhode Island’s pension system.

In her ruling, Taft-Carter found that there is “an implied in-fact contract” between the state and the public employees challenging the pension overhaul.

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11:53 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Campaign Finance Angle Emerges In Gordon Fox Probe

A state police officer can be seen in former Speaker Gordon Fox's office during the raid on March 21
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The investigators who raided former House Speaker Gordon Fox's Statehouse office and East Side home on March 21 appear to be examining Fox's campaign fundraising.

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11:14 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Ajello, Tsiongas Endorse Regunberg for State Rep

Aaron Regunberg, a candidate for the state representative seat being vacated by former House speaker Goron Fox, has won the endorsement of Representative Edith Ajello and former rep Nick Tsiongas.

Ajello, who lost her post as chair of the House Judiciary Committee after Nicholas Mattiello won the fight to succeed Fox as speaker, is a liberal favorite on Providence's East Side. Tsiongas formerly represented the East Side's Mount Hope and Summit neighborhoods.

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12:48 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Fung Proposes $200M Tax Cut Plan; Takes Dig at Block

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung on Tuesday unveiled a $200 million tax-cutting proposal that he billed as a way to jump-start Rhode Island's economy.

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4:10 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Raimondo: State Needs to Streamline, Modernize Regulations

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo says the state needs to streamline and modernize regulations to encourage entrepreneurs.

Speaking at Foolproof Brewing in Pawtucket, Raimondo cited the company as part of Rhode Island’s growing craft-brewing sector. But Raimondo says startups like Foolproof are succeeding in spite of excessive and antiquated regulations. She says entrepreneurs are sometimes left feeling like they’ve done something wrong after filling out government applications and permits.

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1:04 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Taveras promotes Dormody, hires Hull

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has announced some staff changes in his office, including the hiring of Brian Hull as director of municipal and intergovernmental affairs.

Taveras, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, said in a news release that Hull will begin work April 28th.  The job is basically a government relations post that includes representing the administration before the Providence City Council.

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