Republicans en Republican Party Wants Pension Dispute Settled In Court <p>The Rhode Island Republican Party is backing up the GOP’s two gubernatorial candidates in saying that the state pension dispute should be resolved in court.&nbsp; Two of the state’s leading Democrats still support the push for a settlement between the two sides</p><p></p><p>A proposed pension settlement unveiled in February was cast in doubt Monday when one of six groups that have to offer initial approval rejected the deal. State GOP chairman Mark Smiley said he agrees with his party’s gubernatorial candidates that the pension conflict should be decided in court.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:09:47 +0000 Ian Donnis 31833 at Time for Clay Pell to Step Away from The Car <p>Whither Clay Pell’s campaign for governor? RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts.</p><p>How do you know your campaign is in trouble: When your car is getting more attention than your ideas.</p><p>That’s what’s happening to the infant campaign of Clay Pell, who would like to be our next governor.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:31:44 +0000 Scott MacKay 30373 at Bonus Q+A: Fung on Taxes, Debates, Paying for his Proposals & More <p>Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss his Republican gubernatorial campaign and a host of other issues, including how many debates he plans to have with GOP rival Ken Block.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 30062 at Political Roundtable: Fung on Pensions, Block's Challenge & the Threat to RI's Gambling Revenue <p></p><p>Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a Republican candidate for governor, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his plan for beating rival GOP candidate Ken Block; his opposition to Rhode Island's proposed pension settlement; the impact of Massachusetts gambling on Twin River; and Myrth York's endorsement for Gina Raimondo.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 30051 at Political Roundtable: Fung on Pensions, Block's Challenge & the Threat to RI's Gambling Revenue Fung Wants to Consider Privatizing RIPTA & RI Resource Recovery <p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung says he'd consider privatizing RIPTA and other state agencies to find the money to pay for some of his policy proposals.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:32:18 +0000 Ian Donnis 30064 at Local Republican Calls On Rhode Islanders To Consider GOP Gubenatorial Candidates <p>A leading Rhode Island Republican is calling on GOP voters to keep an open mind about their two choices in this year’s primary.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>By using his Facebook page, former gubernatorial candidate John Robitaille is urging GOP voters to focus on deciding whether Allan Fung or Ken Block has the best plan for moving Rhode Island forward. He says the candidates’ courage and personal authenticity are more important than internal politics within the state Republican Party.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:04:37 +0000 Ian Donnis 28782 at Robitaille Calls for Republicans to Keep an Open Mind on Fung vs. Block <p>John Robitaille, who came within fewer than three percentage points of winning the 2010 race for governor, took to <a href="">Facebook</a> Wednesday to urge Republican voters to keep an open mind on the Republican primary contest between<a href=""> Ken Block</a> and <a href="">Allan Fung</a>.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:07:12 +0000 Ian Donnis 28718 at Scott MacKay Commentary: The Rhode Island Politics Of Poverty <p>From the Vatican to the White House and the Rhode Island Statehouse, the talk these days is about poverty. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what our small state can do to alleviate this scourge.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Gospels tell us that the poor shall always be with us. Pope Francis has dedicated the early months of his papacy to highlighting the need to help the poor and plane the rough edges from unfettered capitalism.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:54:01 +0000 Scott MacKay 27510 at Scott MacKay Commentary: The Rhode Island Politics Of Poverty GOP Small Businessman Plans to Challenge Langevin <p><a href="">Rhue Reis</a>, a contractor from Saunderstown, plans to announce a Republican challenge to Congressman Jim Langevin on January 23.</p><p>Reis, a first-time candidate, outlines some of his issue stances on his Web site. He says Obamacare became law because Congress was "sold a bill of goods on false pretenses." Ress favors returning the power of the federal government "to what I believe the Founders envisioned it to be" and says the Second Amendment should "never be diminished."</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 17:15:12 +0000 Ian Donnis 27386 at Sen Reed Leads Push For Long-Term Unemployment Benefits Extension <p>U.S. Senator Jack Reed, who has taken a leadership role in the democratic drive to renew long-term unemployment insurance benefits, has made a national call for Republicans to join the effort.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Reed was one of four Senate democrats who held a nationwide media conference call Sunday in an effort to break a congressional logjam over long-term unemployment insurance. The insurance expired last week when lawmakers failed to extend a recession-era law providing nearly a year of benefits after state jobless benefits run out.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:50:03 +0000 Flo Jonic 27256 at Sen Reed Leads Push For Long-Term Unemployment Benefits Extension