The Rhode Island General Assembly is back in session and in less than a month The House has already taken a historic vote to approve same-sex marriage. While it’s unclear what will happen to that controversial measure in the Senate, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says there’s one hot button issue lawmakers ought to stay away from.
The mediation aimed at settling a legal challenge by a series of unions to the state pension overhaul of 2011 is set to continue through the month of February.
Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter met Friday morning with the two sides in the case, according to court spokesman Craig Berke. "They are going to continue to mediate," Berke said, adding that Taft-Carter is scheduled to get another update on February 28.
State Treasurer Gina Raimondo lived up to her reputation as a high-flying political fundraiser in 2012, closing the year with an increase of more than $1 million in her campaign account.
Raimondo's Q4 report shows her with a balance of $1,359,191. That's an increase of $1,049,153 from where her campaign account stood ($310,038) at the start of 2012. It also puts her considerably ahead of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, who closed 2012 with a balance of $413,283 (a gain of $288,148 from the start of the year).
Nesselbush, an openly gay Pawtucket Democrat, points to the political durability of Congressman David Cicilline, House Speaker Gordon Fox, and state Representative Frank Ferri as a sign of increasing public tolerance for same-sex rights.
A potential Massachusetts Senate race between Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Ed Markey is a virtual tie. That’s the result of a Public Policy Polling survey that shows Brown with 48 percent and Markey with 45 percent.
The poll also showed Markey, of Malden, as a big favorite over primary challenger Stephen Lynch, of Boston, by a 52-19 margin.
The special election slated for June is to fill the seat vacated by John Kerry, who has been confirmed as President Obama’s new secretary of state.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' latest State of the City speech celebrates the value of overcoming complex problems through collaboration -- a not-so-subtle contrast with the state pension overhaul championed in 2011 by the mayor's prospective Democratic gubernatorial rival in 2014, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
In comments Tuesday evening to the City Council, Taveras notes the contrast to February 2012 when "Providence was running out of cash, and running out of time. In the months that followed, there were some who said Providence could not avoid filing for bankruptcy."