edith ajello http://ripr.org en Leo Skenyon to become Speaker Mattiello chief of staff http://ripr.org/post/leo-skenyon-become-speaker-mattiello-chief-staff <p>UPDATE: Skenyon began working in Mattiello's office today, according to House spokesman Larry Berman.</p><p></p><p>With rumors dancing through the Statehouse corridors of power, new House Speaker Nick Mattiello, D-Cranston has yet to reveal his leadership team. Which isn’t unusual, considering he wasn’t formally elected speaker until about an hour ago.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:40:36 +0000 Scott MacKay 31041 at http://ripr.org Mattiello, new RI speaker, cleans House, starts anew amid old RI dealings http://ripr.org/post/mattiello-new-ri-speaker-cleans-house-starts-anew-amid-old-ri-dealings <p>UPDATE: Williams (Labor) Ajello (Judiciary) Melo (Finance) out as committee chairs as Mattiello takes over.</p><p>As has been the case since its days as a British colony, Rhode Island’s florid political culture is once again enmeshed in upheaval because of chicanery in high places.</p><p>The abrupt demise of Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox of Providence means another episode of &nbsp;&nbsp;`As the Rhode Island Statehouse turns.’</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:23:17 +0000 Scott MacKay 30973 at http://ripr.org Chafee: `Pot for Potholes'' ? http://ripr.org/post/chafee-pot-potholes <ul><li>Gov. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:53:17 +0000 Scott MacKay 29625 at http://ripr.org New Poll shows RI voters favor legal pot http://ripr.org/post/new-poll-shows-ri-voters-favor-legal-pot <p>In the run up to a Super Bowl between two teams from states that have legalized marijuana, thus giving whole new meaning to the term Bud Bowl, pollsters are taking the pulse of public opinion on&nbsp; the issue in other states.</p><p>Today, Public Policy Polling released a public opinion survey that shows 53 percent of Rhode Island voters support changing the state’s laws to sell, regulate and tax pot in a manner similar to alcohol.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:19:10 +0000 Scott MacKay 28297 at http://ripr.org Reports of Rep Ajello's Legislative Demise Greatly Exaggerated, She Says http://ripr.org/post/reports-rep-ajellos-legislative-demise-greatly-exaggerated-she-says <p></p><p>In an unusual move, the RI House of Representatives has sent out a news release stating that House Judiciary Chairwoman<a href="http://edithajello.com/"> Edith Ajello </a>(D-Providence) plans to seek re-election next year.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:01:17 +0000 Ian Donnis 24279 at http://ripr.org Reports of Rep Ajello's Legislative Demise Greatly Exaggerated, She Says Bill would Add Two Student Seats to Rhode Island Board of Education http://ripr.org/post/bill-would-add-two-student-seats-rhode-island-board-education <p>Legislation sponsored by Providence Rep Edith Ajello, would add two student positions to the newly formed Rhode Island Board of Education.</p><p>One seat would represent public high schools—the other seat, public colleges.</p><p>The two students would not be given a vote, but would be able to voice their opinions, providing insight to the board says Ajello.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:57:45 +0000 John Bender 12521 at http://ripr.org Should Students Serve on RI Board of Education? http://ripr.org/post/should-students-serve-ri-board-education <p>The House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare will consider adding two students to the State Board of Education at a hearing scheduled for Wednesday.<br><br>The bill, sponsored by Providence Democrat Edith Ajello, proposes two additional seats on the board, one for a college student and one for a high school student. Both positions would be non-voting, but the students would have their opinions recorded in official minutes from any meeting.<br> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:58:13 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 12488 at http://ripr.org Ajello intros bill to legalize, tax, regulate marijuana http://ripr.org/post/ajello-intros-bill-legalize-tax-regulate-marijuana <p>State lawmakers are trying once again to legalize marijuana. More on the proposal to regulate and tax the drug.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 22:50:56 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 9930 at http://ripr.org Ajello intros bill to legalize, tax, regulate marijuana