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4:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Ralph Mollis on Why He's Running for Lieutenant Governor

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Ralph Mollis is one of three Democrats running for lieutenant governor. Term limits prevent the state’s current LG, Elizabeth Roberts, from seeking re-electon. Mollis has served two terms as secretary of state since first winning election in 2006. As part of our Rhody Votes coverage of the 2014 election, Mollis says his work as secretary of state shows he has what it takes to move up.

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On Politics
11:10 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Taveras' Field Director Joining High-Profile US House Race in Colorado

The field director for Angel Taveras' gubernatorial campaign, Whitney Larsen, has left that job to work for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on one of the nation's most high-profile US House races, RIPR has learned.

Larsen will working on the effort to help elect Democrat Andrew Romanoff, a former speaker of the Colorado House, in his challenge to Republican Representative Mike Coffman. Larsen did not respond to a request for comment.

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6:24 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Renew RI Coalition Says ConCon Needed to Overcome Legislative Intransigence

Sasse and Flanders (center) make their case for a convention.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

A new coalition known as Renew RI held a news conference near the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence Wednesday morning to assert that a constitutional convention is needed to overcome the General Assembly's unwillingness to pass needed government reforms.

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On Politics
2:45 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Providence East Side: Where democracy flourishes in House District 4

While pols and pundits lament the lack of competition in R.I. House elections across Rhode Island – almost half of all lawmakers are unopposed – that isn’t the case on Providence’s East Side House District 4.

The seat opened up after the incumbent, former House Speaker Gordon Fox, stepped away after his capitol office and home were raided by state and federal agents in March. Fox hasn’t been charged with any crimes yet, but he wisely decided against running again.

Three well-qualified Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination in the September 9 primary.

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On Politics
12:19 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Media General Shedding WJAR As Part of Merger With LIN Media

Media General, which announced plans earlier this year to merge with LIN Media, the parent of WPRI-TV (Channel 12), is shedding WJAR-TV (Channel 10) as part of the deal.

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Environment
11:24 am
Wed August 20, 2014

State Lawmakers Earn Good Grades On Environmental Protection

Rhode Island lawmakers showed commendable leadership on groundbreaking environmental bills. That’s according to a green report card issued every two years by the Environment Council of Rhode Island in advance of state primary elections.

The green report card is meant to help inform voters and lawmakers about the environmental record of the General Assembly for the last two legislative sessions.

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On Politics
9:40 am
Wed August 20, 2014

WPRI-ProJo Poll Has Mixed News for Raimondo, Taveras & Pell

On the surface, the latest WPRI-TV/Providence Journal poll might seem like a clear win for Gina Raimondo, since she leads her closest Democratic primary rival, Angel Taveras by five points, 32 percent to 27 percent, with Clay Pell (26 percent) right behind Taveras.

Yet Raimondo's lead is barely larger than the 4.38 percent margin of error in the poll, and 13 percent of voters remain undecided with just under three weeks to go until the September 9 primary.

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Politics
4:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Frank Ferri on Why He's Running for Lieutenant Governor

Frank Ferri is one of three Democrats running for lieutenant governor, along with Secretary of State Ralph Mollis and Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee. Term limits prevent the state’s current LG, Elizabeth Roberts, from seeking re-electon. Ferri has represented Warwick as a state rep since 2007, and he owns a bowling alley in Johnston. As part of our Rhody Votes covererage of the 2014 election, Ferri says he can speak for the concerns of small business owners.

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Local Features
6:10 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Mentors

Support.  All of us need it now and then, during those occasional life crises or, perhaps, because of the more chronic, ongoing challenges we face.  The most fortunate among us can draw on people who love and care about us, sometimes at a moment’s notice.  And sometimes these relationships leave a deep and everlasting imprint, changing the course of our lives, as we hear from Nadej Giroux.

Nadej Giroux lives in Warwick, Rhode Island and is delighted to be a full-time mom and homemaker. She moved to Rhode Island from Russia 15 years ago.

On Politics
5:38 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

RI ConCon Issue Simmers At Statehouse

As the battle over whether to hold a Rhode Island Constitutional Convention simmers on the back burner in the dog days of August, the debate is taking shape.

Every 10 years, Rhode Island voters must decide whether to hold a so-called ConCon, which is comprised of citizen delegates elected from Rhode Island’s 75 House districts. This time, the discussion is largely along ideological lines, with more conservative groups favoring a convention and liberal and moderate organizations opposed.

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