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On Politics
5:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Fox says loan guarantee program wasn’t expanded exclusively for 38 Studios

House Speaker Gordon Fox is distancing himself from responsibility for the demise of 38 Studios.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Moody’s offers mixed comment on RI’s 2013 budget

Moody’s Investors Service says the $8.1 billion budget signed into law by Governor Lincoln Chafee on June 15 “is credit positive for Central Falls and schools, but leaves Woonsocket and pensions unaddressed.”

Moody’s points to “a material increase in funding for schools” — $34 million, or almost 4 percent, “marking the third consecutive annual increase in school funding. State funding for education now stands at over $900 million, well above pre-recession peak.”

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On Politics
2:00 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Walsh: unions want to stop the pension overhaul and then maybe talk

A series of union lawsuits filed today in Superior Court — aimed at stopping the sweeping state pension overhaul enacted last year — shouldn’t come as a surprise, says Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island. He says opponents made their stance clear before the overhaul was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Lincoln Chafee.

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On Politics
5:21 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Nocera calls Brien a smart ALEC; rep says NYT column a “hit piece”

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist once famously talked about shrinking the federal government “to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.” Providence native Joe Nocera uses his New York Times’ op-ed column today to argue that state Representative Jon Brien is wielding a similar cudgel to cut spending in Woonsocket:

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On Politics
5:00 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Is less more for the Rhode Island Republican Party?

The Rhode Island GOP yesterday held its second in a series of recent news conference to introduce a batch of legislative candidates. The latest bunch was enthusiastic and their let’s-rock-the-status-quo messaging is potentially appealing in a state suffering from persistently high unemployment.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Kimzey set to formally launch state rep bid; Lombardi close to public decision

One of the most interesting legislative races for 2012 — the District 8 seat held by state Representative Michael Tarro (D-Providence) – is about to come into sharper focus.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Senate slated to take up Matos, McElroy nominations

As the General Assembly rushes to rap up the legislative year, the state Senate is slated to consider at 2 pm today the nominations of Luis Matos (as a Superior Court judge) and Mary McElroy (as state Public Defender).

Also on tap are the nominations of former lawmaker Charles Levesque as magistrate of the Family Court, and House legal counsel John Flynn as Drug Court magistrate of Superior Cour

On Politics
5:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Advocates set to press for cutting 260 percent APR on payday loans

Members of the coalition pushing for cutting the up to 260 percent annual percentage rate interest on payday loans plan to lobby lawmakers at the Statehouse on Wednesday.

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