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State Senator Dawson Hodgson (R-North Kingstown) is pre-filing legislation Friday to renew his push to establish an independent commission to investigate Rhode Island's losing investment in 38 Studios. Hodgson says he'll work to create a bipartisan coalition to bring the bill to a vote early in the 2014 General Assembly session.
Right wing cable television networks and websites love to yammer on about the ``War’’ on Christmas. But when was the last time you saw Fox News talk about the war on Thanksgiving, which seems to many a much more serious threat.
Exhibit A: the growing list of national retail chains opening their doors for the Christmas shopping season on Thanksgiving Day. This year, more than a dozen big retail chains will open Thanksgiving, giving their workers scant chance to celebrate the holiday over a stuffed turkey with their families.
Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee on Wednesday launched his Democratic run for lieutenant governor. He's expected to square off during a primary next September with Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, who is prevented by term limits from seeking re-election.
State Treasurer Gina Raimondo is adding Eric Hyers, who managed David Cicilline's two successful congressional campaigns, to her stable of political talent as she gears up for a Democratic run for governor next year.
In a telephone interview, Hyers would say only that his role is to "get her and her team ready as we approach the end of the year." He declined comment on other questions, including whether he'll remain part of Raimondo's team through 2014.
On a really cold day almost 13 years ago, a member of Providence's creative underground, Raphael Lyon, and I sat in the pickup truck of a North Carolina guy who was in town to salvage Civil War-era wood from the Silver Spring mill complex on Charles Street.
Gubernatorial candidate Ken Block, who joined the Republican Party last month, is looking to burnish his GOP credentials by attending a Republican Governors Association training session for candidates in Arizona later this month. Cranston Mayor Allan Fung also plans to attend the get-together in Scottsdale on November 21-22.
In a statement, Block says he was happy to be invited and hopes to learn from Republican governors: