Newport Grand http://ripr.org en Scott MacKay Commentary: The R.I. And Mass. Casino Conundrum http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-ri-and-mass-casino-conundrum <p>It’s election year in Rhode Island. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the one issue that never goes away in our small state – casino gambling.</p><p></p><p></p><p>There’s an old gallows humor joke about banks and creditors. If you owe the bank $30,000, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank $300 million, you own the bank.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:46:20 +0000 Scott MacKay 36596 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The R.I. And Mass. Casino Conundrum 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 Bills Signed Aimed At Making Twin River More Competitive http://ripr.org/post/bills-signed-aimed-making-twin-river-more-competitive <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee signed several bills designed to attract more gamblers to Twin River Casino.&nbsp; The Lincoln casino is one of two in Rhode Island, and the only one with table games.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:21:42 +0000 John Bender 36508 at http://ripr.org Bills Signed Aimed At Making Twin River More Competitive Joe Paolino moving to Newport, planning strong table games campaign for Newport Grand http://ripr.org/post/joe-paolino-moving-newport-planning-strong-table-games-campaign-newport-grand <p>Former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino has been a stalwart booster of Buddy Cianci’s redemption tour. But now that Cianci has filed for election for Providence mayor and Charles Mansolillo has been appointed Cianci’s campaign manager, Paolino is turning his political attention to Newport, where he is part of a group that wants to buy and improve the Newport Grand gambling emporium.</p><p>(Rhode Island being Rhode Island, Paolino and Mansolillo are well-acquainted; the two ran against each other for mayor in 1986 in a campaign won comfortably by Paolino).</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:02:56 +0000 Scott MacKay 36121 at http://ripr.org Table Games Back On The Ballot After Senate Reconvenes http://ripr.org/post/table-games-back-ballot-after-senate-reconvenes <p>In what the Senate president called “an abundance of caution” the state senate voted again and approved a bill putting casino gambling in Newport on the November ballot.</p><p></p><p>Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed says the governor’s legal counsel was worried that the part of the bill giving $1.5 million dollars to Newport would be considered an appropriation. And appropriation measures need a two-thirds majority, or 26 votes. It got only 24 votes in the final hours of the session.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:33:03 +0000 Catherine Welch 36053 at http://ripr.org Table Games Back On The Ballot After Senate Reconvenes The General Assembly Passes Newport Casino Plan, Calls It A Wrap for 2014 http://ripr.org/post/general-assembly-passes-newport-casino-plan-calls-it-wrap-2014 <p></p><p>In a marathon session that stretched for almost 12 hours before ending shortly after 4 am, the General Assembly closed its 2014 session by approving a plan that could turn Newport Grand into a casino, imposing a three-year moratorium on the use of high-stakes tests as a graduation requirement,&nbsp; and setting the stage for Governor Lincoln Chafee to sign a bill making calamari Rhode Island's official state appetizer.</p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:22:48 +0000 Ian Donnis 35572 at http://ripr.org The General Assembly Passes Newport Casino Plan, Calls It A Wrap for 2014 Bill Would Add Constitutional Amendment On Gambling Venues http://ripr.org/post/bill-would-add-constitutional-amendment-gambling-venues <p>A senate committee will look at legislation Wednesday creating a constitutional amendment centered on gambling in the Ocean State.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The bill would put a constitutional amendment before voters that states a casino or slot parlor cannot change locations without approval from voters in that city or town.</p><p>A development team is looking to buy Newport Grand, but promises that if casino games are allowed at the slot parlor that it will not change locations.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 08:43:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 34601 at http://ripr.org Bill Would Add Constitutional Amendment On Gambling Venues Newport Residents May Vote Once Again On Table Games At Newport Grand http://ripr.org/post/newport-residents-may-vote-once-again-table-games-newport-grand <p>The Newport City council has approved a resolution that could put table games back on the ballot. The council will ask the General Assembly to put the question to Newport voters.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 13:09:54 +0000 John Bender 34340 at http://ripr.org Newport Residents May Vote Once Again On Table Games At Newport Grand The Bottom Line: Paolino Bets On Table Games In Newport http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-paolino-bets-table-games-newport <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment The Bottom Line.</p><p>This week Dave and Mark talk Joe Paolino about plans he and his partners have to revamp Newport Grand. The idea is to turn the struggling slot parlor into an entertainment complex that offers table games, but that all hinges on residents approving the move at the polls.</p><p></p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p><p>You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 19:00:59 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 33332 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: Paolino Bets On Table Games In Newport Deal Signed To Sell Newport Grand Slot Parlor http://ripr.org/post/deal-signed-sell-newport-grand-slot-parlor <p>Developer Joe Paolino and two partners have signed an agreement to buy Newport Grand.</p><p>Paolino isn’t ready to say how much he’s paying for Newport Grand, but said he and his partners are ready to bring table games to Newport and sink $40 million to upgrade the struggling slot parlor.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 20:47:15 +0000 Catherine Welch 33112 at http://ripr.org Deal Signed To Sell Newport Grand Slot Parlor