We remain stuck in the pit of winter, judging by the forecast for the latest in a string of storms. Yet things are already percolating for our next massive political season, so let's get to it. As always, your thoughts, tips, and reactions are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.
The high cost of local government in Rhode Island has forever been an issue. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why – even in a recession- our little state can’t make progress on consolidating municipal services.
It seemed like a smart and easy way for both Warwick and East Greenwich to save taxpayer money. In 2011, at the depth of the recession, leaders of the two communities got together to see if they could merge fire dispatch services in a way that would incorporate new technologies and save money.
Pablo Rodriguez joins the panel this week as we discuss the 10th anniversary of the Station fire disaster; why Rhode Island's Democratic congressman are helping independent Governor Lincoln Chafee stage a DC fundraiser; whether it's appropriate for Treasurer Gina Raimondo to hire a campaign operative as her chief of staff; and the local impact of the latest federal budget showdown.
A new report by the state chapter of the ACLU says Rhode Island's last three attorneys general -- Sheldon Whitehouse, Patrick Lynch, and Peter Kilmartin -- have prosecuted violations of the state's open records law less than four percent of the time from 1999 to last June.
The tiny city of Central Falls is moving ahead Thursday evening with what is considered one of the toughest ethics reforms for a small municipality in the country, even as efforts to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of the General Assembly continue to languish.
State Treasurer Gina Raimondo is hiring Andrew Roos, an experienced campaign operative who helmed Myrth York's 2002 gubernatorial general election campaign, as her chief of staff, RIPR has learned. The move is the latest signal that Raimondo is very likely to run for governor in 2014.
Raimondo's chief of staff since 2011, Joe Pratt, will reportedly get a different job within her office.