John DeSimone http://ripr.org en Former Rep. Peter Wasylyk heads back to RI Statehouse http://ripr.org/post/former-rep-peter-wasylyk-heads-back-ri-statehouse <p>On occasion the best way to pick up Rhode Island political tidbits is to head to Boston, specifically to Fenway Park on the afternoon of the home opener, aka the Big Papi show.</p><p>As usual, former Providence Democratic state and devout Sawx fan Rep. Peter Wasylyk was in his seat near the first base line cheering on the team. During a brief conversation, he confirmed that he is going back to the Statehouse to become legal counsel to the new House Majority Leader, Rep. John DeSimone, D-North Providence.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:36:42 +0000 Scott MacKay 31585 at http://ripr.org Where are the women in Mattiello leadership choices? http://ripr.org/post/where-are-women-mattiello-leadership-choices <p>Nick Mattiello has only been House Speaker for two days. So it may not be fair to criticize his committee and leadership choices; he had to throw together his team very quickly.</p><p>But it hasn’t escaped notice that Mattiello’s new team has given women lawmakers short shrift.</p><p>The new speaker has named three committee chairs: Ray Gallison, D-Bristol, takes over the House Finance Committee; Cale Keable, D-Burrillville, assumes control of the Judiciary Committee; and Robert Craven, D-North Kingstown becomes the new chairman of the Municipal Affairs Committee.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:39:51 +0000 Scott MacKay 31192 at http://ripr.org Leo Skenyon to become Speaker Mattiello chief of staff http://ripr.org/post/leo-skenyon-become-speaker-mattiello-chief-staff <p>UPDATE: Skenyon began working in Mattiello's office today, according to House spokesman Larry Berman.</p><p></p><p>With rumors dancing through the Statehouse corridors of power, new House Speaker Nick Mattiello, D-Cranston has yet to reveal his leadership team. Which isn’t unusual, considering he wasn’t formally elected speaker until about an hour ago.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:40:36 +0000 Scott MacKay 31041 at http://ripr.org How Mattiello Won the Votes to Become Speaker http://ripr.org/post/how-mattiello-won-votes-become-speaker <p>When House Majority Leader Nick Mattiello held a caucus at the Providence Marriott Friday evening -- on the same day when state and federal investigators raided House Speaker Gordon Fox's home and Statehouse office -- the race to succeed Fox was up for grabs. Mattiello himself put the number of supporters at his caucus between 25 and 27.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:38:18 +0000 Ian Donnis 31005 at http://ripr.org Speaker Fox resigns, is the RI House ready for a chaotic speaker transfer? http://ripr.org/post/speaker-fox-resigns-ri-house-ready-chaotic-speaker-transfer <p>This just in: Gordon Fox has resigned as RI House Speaker. Here's why in a post that predicted this and was posted several hours before the Fox announcement:</p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:24:11 +0000 Scott MacKay 30876 at http://ripr.org