Democrat http://ripr.org en Taveras Unveils Plan For State's Tourism Industry http://ripr.org/post/taveras-unveils-plan-states-tourism-industry <p>Providence mayor and Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Angel Taveras unveiled his plan for the state’s tourism industry.</p><p>Taveras says he plans to spend five million dollars a year to the industry for a total of twenty-million dollars over a four year term to promote the state. Taveras says the plan would create about 2600 new jobs in the state, helping the floundering economy.&nbsp; Rhode Island’s unemployment remains the nation’s highest at more than eight percent.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:32:19 +0000 John Bender 33845 at http://ripr.org Taveras Unveils Plan For State's Tourism Industry Baldelli-Hunt To Be Inaugurated As New Mayor Of Woonsocket http://ripr.org/post/baldelli-hunt-be-inaugurated-new-mayor-woonsocket <p>The new mayor of Woonsocket, Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, is slated to be inaugurated this evening Tuesday.&nbsp; Baldelli-Hunt is taking on the job after winning four terms as a state representative.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>House Speaker Gordon Fox plans to swear in Baldelli-Hunt during a 7 pm ceremony at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket.&nbsp; Her uncle, Charles Baldelli, a former mayor in the city, will emcee the event.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 15:39:31 +0000 Ian Donnis 25684 at http://ripr.org Baldelli-Hunt To Be Inaugurated As New Mayor Of Woonsocket Frank Caprio Announces Bid for Old Job as Rhode Island's Treasurer http://ripr.org/post/frank-caprio-announces-bid-old-job-rhode-islands-treasurer <p>It&rsquo;s official. Former state treasurer Frank Caprio is running for his old job. And he&rsquo;ll be running as a member of his old party.</p><p></p><p>After disaffiliating from the Democratic Party and toying with the idea of running as a Republican, Frank Caprio has decided to run for his old job as general treasurer as a Democrat.&nbsp; Announcing his candidacy at a Federal Hill pizzeria, he explained his reasoning.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 19:07:57 +0000 Flo Jonic 22884 at http://ripr.org Frank Caprio Announces Bid for Old Job as Rhode Island's Treasurer Federal Prosecutors Feel Pinch of Shutdown http://ripr.org/post/federal-prosecutors-feel-pinch-shutdown <p>The federal government shutdown is having an impact on the prosecution of federal cases in Rhode Island.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha has had to furlough a third to a half of his 45-person staff because of the federal government shutdown.&nbsp; He said they&rsquo;re managing by bringing in people who are working on the most urgent cases and then rotating them as the cases change.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 20:23:38 +0000 Flo Jonic 22595 at http://ripr.org Federal Prosecutors Feel Pinch of Shutdown Sen. Reed: We Have to Pay our Debts, There’s Time for Politics Later http://ripr.org/post/sen-reed-we-have-pay-our-debts-there-s-time-politics-later <p>The federal government is edging closer to a government shutdown. President Barack Obama said he&#39;ll veto legislation coming out of the House that delays much of the Affordable Care Act for a year.&nbsp; Over in the Democratic-run Senate, it has passed legislation preventing the shutdown and leaving Obamacare untouched. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Rhode Island&rsquo;s senior senator Jack Reed to talk about what could be done to avoid a shutdown.</p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 17:01:01 +0000 Scott MacKay 22411 at http://ripr.org Sen. Reed: We Have to Pay our Debts, There’s Time for Politics Later RI Gun Control Task Force Unlikely to Meet January Deadline http://ripr.org/post/ri-gun-control-task-force-unlikely-meet-january-deadline <p>A legislative task force created in the last General Assembly session to examine the intersection of gun violence and mental health issues has yet to meet. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:56:02 +0000 Ian Donnis 21912 at http://ripr.org RI Gun Control Task Force Unlikely to Meet January Deadline With Same-Sex Marriage Legal State Rep Frank Ferri Plans to Marry http://ripr.org/post/same-sex-marriage-legal-state-rep-frank-ferri-plans-marry <p>As same-sex marriage becomes legal in Rhode Island Thursday, state Representative Frank Ferri and his longtime partner are among those planning to mark the day by tying the knot. &nbsp;It took almost 20 years to legalize same-sex marriage in the Ocean State.</p><p></p><p>Ferri and his partner, Tony Caparco, plan to marry in Warwick this evening with about 300 friends and family members on hand. House Speaker Gordon Fox will perform the ceremony. Ferri, a Warwick Democrat, says the newfound ability of gays and lesbians to marry in Rhode Island will lend special meaning to the nuptials.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:06:25 +0000 Ian Donnis 19353 at http://ripr.org