The pre-holiday slowdown is descending on the land, but there's still plenty of interesting stuff going on, naturally. So thanks for stopping by and feel free to send me a note at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.
Rhode Island’s Democratic General Assembly leaders want to exempt pensions and social security from state income taxes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if this makes sense in our cash-strapped state government.
House Speaker Nick Mattiello, D-Cranston and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, D-Newport, have both said that one of their top priorities when the Assembly convenes in January is legislation that would end income taxes on pensions and social security.
Longtime political operative and staffer Matt Jerzyk has been hired as deputy legal counsel by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.
"Matt's experience in city and state government will be a valuable addition as we continue to focus on growing the economy and creating jobs," Mattiello said in a statement.
Jerzyk will continue serving as the part-time city solicitor in Central Falls. He previously served as legal counsel for the House committees on Labor and Small Business, and as senior legal counsel to Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.
Governor-elect Gina Raimondo is considering Citizens Bank executive Barbara Cottam for a top position in her new administration, according to Statehouse sources.
Cottam, who has vast experience in both the private and political sectors in Rhode Island, is under consideration for chief of staff, one of the most important positions in any gubernatorial administration.
Rhode Island's crop of newly elected officials are starting to staff up as we move toward the Thanksgiving lull later this month. Thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (org) and to follow me on the twitters. Let's get to it.
Conservatives love to say that liberalism and political correctness have led to a `War on Christmas’ RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the war is actually against Thanksgiving.
The Thanksgiving turkey hasn’t been stuffed yet but the frenzy of Christmas shopping has begun with the annual blizzard of tinsel and glitz. Stroll into your local CVS and you are greeted by shelves festooned with overstuffed Santa Claus figures.
If Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s left-leaning U.S. senator, decides to run for the Democratic presidential nomination, one Rhode Islander who will be on his team is veteran Democratic political consultant Tad Devine.
Devine, who has held top roles in the presidential campaigns of John Kerry, Mike Dukakis and Al Gore, has had Sanders as a client, going back to the 1990s, when Sanders held Vermont’s lone seat in the U.S. House.
Ward 12 Councilor Terrence "Terry" Hassett is pursuing an effort to become the next president of the Providence City Council, raising questions about whether Ward 10 Councilor Luis Aponte will have the votes to gain the council's top position in January.
Hassett declined to identify how many of his 14 council colleagues are supporting him, although he said he has a "healthy" amount of backing in what he called a fluid situation.