Republican http://ripr.org en Fung Recieves Endorsement From Former Governor Lincoln Almond http://ripr.org/post/fung-recieves-endorsement-former-governor-lincoln-almond <p>Former governor Lincoln Almond Wednesday endorsed Cranston Mayor Allan Fung for the state’s top job.&nbsp; Almond calls Fung the best-qualified Republican in the GOP primary for governor.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Almond says he reached out to Fung after being unimpressed with a recent TV appearance by Fung’s GOP rival, Ken Block. Almond says it’s not realistic to think Block can cut a billion dollars from the state budget over four years. The former governor said Fung’s experience as a mayor is what sets him apart.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 13:32:16 +0000 Ian Donnis 34342 at http://ripr.org Fung Recieves Endorsement From Former Governor Lincoln Almond Political Roundtable: Block On RI's Economy, Pension Settlement, + More http://ripr.org/post/political-roundtable-block-ris-economy-pension-settlement-more <p>On tap this week, Republican Ken Block’s plan to rescue the Rhode Island economy, and the outlook for the settlement aimed at ending the lawsuit over the state pension system.&nbsp; Host Elisabeth Harrison sits in for Ian Donnis, and is joined by Rhode Island Public Radio’s political analyst Scott MacKay, and University of Rhode Island Political Science Professor Maureen Moakley.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:17:48 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison & Scott MacKay 29799 at http://ripr.org Political Roundtable: Block On RI's Economy, Pension Settlement, + More GOP Candidate Ken Block Presents Plan To “Fix Rhode Island” http://ripr.org/post/gop-candidate-ken-block-presents-plan-fix-rhode-island <p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block announced his “Block Plan” to “fix Rhode Island,” should he be elected governor.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Block outlined a series of major tax reforms he would pursue, including reducing the corporate sales tax from 9 percent to 7 percent.&nbsp; That would make it the lowest in New England.</p><p>He also called for eliminating a $500 minimum tax for new businesses. Block said the current tax policy makes Rhode Island an uninviting place for businesses and entrepreneurs.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:54:08 +0000 John Bender 29673 at http://ripr.org GOP Candidate Ken Block Presents Plan To “Fix Rhode Island” 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 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