Ian Donnis http://ripr.org en TGIF: 10 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-10-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-11 <p>Welcome back to my weekly column, and thanks for stopping by. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me all week long on the twitters. Here we go.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:13:02 +0000 Ian Donnis 36591 at http://ripr.org Despite Objections, Hearing Into Possible 38 Studios' Lobbying Violations Moves Ahead http://ripr.org/post/despite-objections-hearing-possible-38-studios-lobbying-violations-moves-ahead <p>A lawyer for Michael Corso, who was involved in talks to bring 38 Studios from Massachusetts to Rhode Island, on Friday challenged the legal basis for a hearing into whether Corso violated state lobbying laws.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:56:41 +0000 Ian Donnis 36580 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: de Ramel on Lobbyists, Newport Grand & The Race for Governor http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-de-ramel-lobbyists-newport-grand-race-governor <p></p><p>Democratic secretary of state candidate Guillaume de Ramel joins Political Roundtable to discuss his campaign; disclosure shortcomings involving lobbyists; the Democratic race for governor; and other issues.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36517 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: de Ramel on Lobbyists, Newport Grand & The Race for Governor Bonus Q&A: de Ramel on His Run for Secretary of State & More http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-de-ramel-his-run-secretary-state-more <p>Democratic secretary of state candidate Guillaume de Ramel joined Bonus Q+A this week to discuss his run campaign and a host of related issues, including business regulation, early voting, and how to encourage more political competition.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36532 at http://ripr.org Judge Set To Hear First Settlement Case Out Of 38 Studios Lawsuit http://ripr.org/post/judge-set-hear-first-settlement-case-out-38-studios-lawsuit <p>A Superior Court judge is scheduled Tuesday to consider the first settlement growing out of the state’s lawsuit over 38 Studios. The settlement calls for the state to get a payment of $4.3 million.</p><p></p><p>After 38 Studios went bankrupt in 2012, the state sued 14 defendants to try to cut down the roughly $90 million owed by taxpayers. The first proposed settlement in the case was announced late last month. It involves the law firm of Moses Afonso Ryan, which served as bond counsel for the ill-fated 38 Studios project.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:41:12 +0000 Ian Donnis 36384 at http://ripr.org Zaccaria Unveils Republican Challenge to Jack Reed http://ripr.org/post/zaccaria-unveils-republican-challenge-jack-reed <p></p><p>Republican <a href="http://zaccariaforsenate.com/">Mark Zaccaria</a>, a former state GOP chairman who ran unsuccessfully against US Representative Jim Langevin in 2008 and 2010, on Monday unveiled his challenge against US Senator <a href="http://www.jackreed2014.com/splash">Jack Reed</a>.</p><p>Although Republicans hope to gain control of the US Senate, Reed's seat is considered<a href="http://ripr.org/post/reed-poised-chair-senate-armed-services-committee-2015"> among the safest </a>in the chamber.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:26:57 +0000 Ian Donnis 36348 at http://ripr.org Zaccaria Unveils Republican Challenge to Jack Reed House Speaker Mattiello Claims Improvement on RI's Business Climate http://ripr.org/post/house-speaker-mattiello-claims-improvement-ris-business-climate <p></p><p>House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello emerged in March with a strong hold on what is commonly called the state's most powerful political office. Following the unveiling of a probe of former speaker Gordon Fox, Mattiello won a brief succession fight and pledged a stronger focus on jobs and the economy. Mattiello sat down last week to discuss his first few months as speaker and some of the top issues facing the state, including his choice for governor and Buddy Cianci's latest comeback attempt.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36127 at http://ripr.org House Speaker Mattiello Claims Improvement on RI's Business Climate TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-17-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-3 <p>Happy Independence Day! Thanks for stopping by for my Friday column. Feel free to share your tips via idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to follow me <a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon">on the twitters</a>. Without further ado, and with a lot more political fireworks on the way, let's get going.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 17:05:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36059 at http://ripr.org Bonus Q+A: RI ACLU Director Steve Brown On Supreme Court And RI General Assembly http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-ri-aclu-director-steve-brown-supreme-court-and-ri-general-assembly <p>The US Supreme Court made two high-profile decisions this week, and civil liberties again made for a hotly debate subject at the General Assembly this year. The head of the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Steve Brown, stopped by our studios to discuss those and other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:32:43 +0000 Ian Donnis 36232 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Brown on Civil Liberties, the General Assembly, and the Hobby Lobby Decision http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-brown-civil-liberties-general-assembly-and-hobby-lobby-decision <p></p><p>Steve Brown, executive director of the Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss a new law instituting harsher sentences for gang-related crime; the 2014 session of the General Assembly; the US Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision; and why the ACLU opposes the convening of a constitutional convention.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 36120 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Brown on Civil Liberties, the General Assembly, and the Hobby Lobby Decision