On Politics http://ripr.org en RI Unemployment Rate Dips http://ripr.org/post/ri-unemployment-rate-dips-0 <p>Rhode Island’s unemployment rate has inched down to 8.7 percent in March, an improvement, but evidence that the state trails the region and most of the nation in economic activity.</p><p></p><p>The state Department of Labor and Training reports that new data shows the seasonally adjusted rate declined from 9 percent in February and is now at the lowest rate since September, 2008.</p><p>The number of Rhode Islanders who were working increased to 506,000 in March, a hike of 2,700 from February &nbsp;statistics.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:20:57 +0000 Scott MacKay 32218 at http://ripr.org RI Unemployment Rate Dips Block Dings Dems & Fung; Touts Himself as Change Agent http://ripr.org/post/block-dings-dems-fung-touts-himself-change-agent <p></p><p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block used a Statehouse news conference Wednesday afternoon to present a hat trick of related assertions: 1) Rhode Island Democrats are bad for previously supporting former House Speaker Gordon Fox; 2) rival GOP candidate Allan Fung is wrong to accept campaign contributions from members of the police union Fung negotiates with as mayor of Cranston; 3) all this, combined with Block's distance from politics as usual, makes Block the embodiment of change in the race for governor.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:10:05 +0000 Ian Donnis 32165 at http://ripr.org Block Dings Dems & Fung; Touts Himself as Change Agent Taft-Carter Rejects State Motion to Dismiss Pension Lawsuit http://ripr.org/post/taft-carter-rejects-state-motion-dismiss-pension-lawsuit <p>Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter has denied a state motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the 2011 overhaul of Rhode Island’s pension system.</p><p></p><p>In her ruling, Taft-Carter found that there is “an implied in-fact contract” between the state and the public employees challenging the pension overhaul.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:35:32 +0000 Ian Donnis 32143 at http://ripr.org Taft-Carter Rejects State Motion to Dismiss Pension Lawsuit Campaign Finance Angle Emerges In Gordon Fox Probe http://ripr.org/post/campaign-finance-angle-emerges-gordon-fox-probe <p></p><p>The investigators who raided former House Speaker Gordon Fox's Statehouse office and East Side home <a href="http://ripr.org/post/state-police-federal-authorities-raid-house-speaker-s-office">on March 21 </a>appear to be examining Fox's campaign fundraising.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:53:42 +0000 Ian Donnis 32138 at http://ripr.org Campaign Finance Angle Emerges In Gordon Fox Probe Ajello, Tsiongas Endorse Regunberg for State Rep http://ripr.org/post/ajello-tsiongas-endorse-regunberg-state-rep <p>Aaron Regunberg, a candidate for the state representative seat being vacated by former House speaker Goron Fox, has won the endorsement of Representative Edith Ajello and former rep Nick Tsiongas.</p><p>Ajello, who lost her post as chair of the House Judiciary Committee after Nicholas Mattiello won the fight to succeed Fox as speaker, is a liberal favorite on Providence's East Side. Tsiongas formerly represented the East Side's Mount Hope and Summit neighborhoods.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:14:45 +0000 Ian Donnis 32134 at http://ripr.org Fung Proposes $200M Tax Cut Plan; Takes Dig at Block http://ripr.org/post/fung-proposes-200m-tax-cut-plan-takes-dig-block <p></p><p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung on Tuesday unveiled a $200 million tax-cutting proposal that he billed as a way to jump-start Rhode Island's economy.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:48:16 +0000 Ian Donnis 32082 at http://ripr.org Fung Proposes $200M Tax Cut Plan; Takes Dig at Block Raimondo: State Needs to Streamline, Modernize Regulations http://ripr.org/post/raimondo-state-needs-streamline-modernize-regulations <p></p><p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo says the state needs to streamline and modernize regulations to encourage entrepreneurs.</p><p>Speaking at Foolproof Brewing in Pawtucket, Raimondo cited the company as part of Rhode Island’s growing craft-brewing sector. But Raimondo says startups like Foolproof are succeeding in spite of excessive and antiquated regulations. She says entrepreneurs are sometimes left feeling like they’ve done something wrong after filling out government applications and permits.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:10:27 +0000 Ian Donnis 32036 at http://ripr.org Raimondo: State Needs to Streamline, Modernize Regulations Taveras promotes Dormody, hires Hull http://ripr.org/post/taveras-promotes-dormody-hires-hull <p>Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has announced some staff changes in his office, including the hiring of Brian Hull as director of municipal and intergovernmental affairs.</p><p>Taveras, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, said in a news release that Hull will begin work April 28<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; The job is basically a government relations post that includes representing the administration before the Providence City Council.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:04:23 +0000 Scott MacKay 32029 at http://ripr.org Nuala Pell, Spouse And Political Partner Of Sen. Claiborne Pell, Dies http://ripr.org/post/nuala-pell-spouse-and-political-partner-sen-claiborne-pell-dies <p>Nuala Pell, widow of revered Sen. Claiborne Pell, confidante of Pastores, Kennedys and European royalty, a force in Rhode Island politics for decades and a woman who was as at ease at a Democratic Party rally at a Portuguese Club as she was with the well-born swells of Newport society at Bailey’s Beach, died early this morning at Newport Hospital. She was 89.</p><p><strong>The Pell family has announced a memorial service to be held Monday, April 21 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newport, at 11 a.m.</strong></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:13:52 +0000 Scott MacKay 31993 at http://ripr.org Nuala Pell, Spouse And Political Partner Of Sen. Claiborne Pell, Dies TGIF: 10 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-10-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-8 <p>Just another quiet Friday in Rhode Island. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome and you can follow me all week long <a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon">on the twitters</a>. Let's head in.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:40:23 +0000 Ian Donnis 31922 at http://ripr.org