Ethics Commission en Richard Licht Judgeship Vote Expected For Tuesday <p>The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote this Tuesday on a top state official’s nomination to be a Superior Court judge.&nbsp; Richard Licht currently heads the state Department of Administration.</p><p></p><p>Governor Lincoln Chafee nominated Licht for the judicial post last month. If confirmed, Licht will take the place of retired Superior Court judge Judith Savage and earn close to 150-thousand dollars a year.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 34927 at Bonus Q&A: Marcello on Ethics, Mattiello's Speakership, Guns & More <p>State Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate) joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his fight for the speakership with Nicholas Mattiello and a host of other issues, including guns, ethics, the budget outlook, and more.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 31871 at TGIF: 14 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media <p>Happy April, happy opening week of baseball, and thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As always, your tips and feedback are always welcome, and you can follow me through the week via<a href=""> the twitters</a>. Let's head in.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:51:34 +0000 Ian Donnis 31546 at Bonus Q+A: Mattiello on the Pension Settlement, Tolls, Ethics, the Master Lever & More <p>House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and guest panelist Erika Niedowski of The Associated Press join Bonus Q+A this week to discuss changes in the RI House; the proposed pension settlement; whether the House should vote on a proposal to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of the General Assembly; and much more.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 31142 at Common Cause Gives Qualified Support to Sheehan Bill to Bolster Ethics Commission <p>Common Cause of Rhode Island is giving qualified support to <a href=";ID=9568">a new proposal introduced by state Senator James Sheehan (D-North Kingtown) </a>to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of the General Assembly.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:57:52 +0000 Ian Donnis 30700 at Common Cause Gives Qualified Support to Sheehan Bill to Bolster Ethics Commission Bonus Q+A: Marion on Transparency, Ethics, Campaign Finance & More <p>John Marion, executive director of Common Cause of Rhode Island, joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss improved technology in the General Assembly; the impact of super PACs in Rhode Island; the outlook for strengthening the state Ethics Commission; and many other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 27449 at Ethics Commission Backs Investigating Complaint Against Speaker Fox <p>Back <a href="">in 2007</a>, Gordon Fox said he didn't think his public office had been beneficial to his private law practice. The statement has some unintentional irony in the present, considering how Fox faces a state Ethics Commission investigation for not disclosing legal work done from 2005 to 2009 for the Providence Economic Development Partnership.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:09:47 +0000 Ian Donnis 22168 at State Ethics Committee to Investigate Complaint Against House Speaker Gordon Fox <p>The state Ethics Commission on Tuesday decided to investigate a complaint filed against House Speaker Gordon Fox. The question is whether Fox needed to disclose legal work done for the City of Providence.</p><p>Jason Gramitt, a staff attorney for the Ethics Commission, calls the step taken by the commission &quot;preliminary. The commission only looks at the complaint and decides whether or not it should authorize an investigation, and so that&#39;s all they&#39;ve done. They didn&#39;t offer any opinion as to whether the complaint is a good complaint or a bad complaint.&quot;</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:48:33 +0000 Ian Donnis 22150 at State Ethics Committee to Investigate Complaint Against House Speaker Gordon Fox Bonus Q+A: Marion on the General Assembly, Campaign Finance, a Constitutional Convention + More <p>Common Cause of RI executive director John Marion joins us on Bonus Q+A to discuss the General Assembly, selecting judges in Rhode Island, the evolving world of campaign finance, the 2014 vote on a constitutional convention, and other topics.</p><p></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 19017 at Bonus Q+A: Archambault on Same-Sex Marriage, the Master Lever, and the Ethics Commission <p>State Senator Stephen Archambault (D-Smithfield) joins us to talk about the outlook on same-sex marriage; the effectiveness of the General Assembly; whether the master lever should be abolished; and whether Ethics Commission oversight of lawmakers should be restored, among other issues.</p><p></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 12737 at