corruption

On Politics
6:43 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Just 11 days until Election Day and the news is flowing fast and furious. Thanks for stopping by and, as always, feel free to follow me on the twitters or to drop a tip or comment at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Here we go.

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Politics
4:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Former Prosecutor Corrente On Federal Corruption Probes

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Federal and state investigations made a high-profile raid of House Speaker Gordon Fox’s Statehouse office and East Side home late last month. Fox resigned the next day and a new speaker took the helm of the Rhode Island House of Representatives. But investigators have not said what sparked the probe, and little fresh information has emerged in the almost 4 weeks since the raid. Robert Clark Corrente served as Rhode Island’s top federal prosecutor from 2004 and 2009 and he’s now a partner with the Providence law firm of Burns & Levinson.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:47 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Try Something New On Smith Hill?

After an investigation into former House Speaker Gordon Fox led to his resignation, corruption casts a pall over RI government yet again.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The stench of corruption has once again encircled the Rhode Island Statehouse. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay says it may be time to try something different on Smith Hill.

Unless you have been living in one of those 1950s-era nuclear bomb shelters, or the old East Side tunnel, you’ve probably heard of the latest Statehouse scandal. The state police and federal IRS and FBI agents raided the offices of House Speaker Gordon Fox 10 days ago. The next day he abruptly resigned.

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RI News
4:00 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Stanton Talks About Rhode Island, the Media + the Future of Investigative Reporting

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

After 28 years at the Providence Journal, investigative reporter Mike Stanton is leaving Rhode Island's statewide daily for a teaching job at the University of Connecticut. Stanton sat down to talk about his time at the ProJo, some of his favorite stories, and the future of investigative reporting

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On Politics
2:08 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Central Falls Moves Forward on Ethics; Senate Compromise on Ethics Commission Remains Elusive

Diossa pledged as a candidate to bolster ethics in Central Falls.
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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.

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On Politics
1:36 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Neronha calls Moreau a reminder of warped political ethics in Rhode Island

Neronha during a news conference in 2012.
Credit Ian Donnis

US Attorney Peter Neronha says the sentencing this week of former Central Falls mayor Charles Moreau is a stark reminder of a blinkered view of public service held by a string of corrupt Rhode Island politicians.

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Business
8:11 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Charges of alleged corruption at Logan cab stands

Cab stand workers at Boston’s Logan Airport are accused of corruption.  Five men are being arraigned Wednesday on charges of taking bribes.

Cabs operating legally at Logan report to a taxi pool where they are dispatched to terminal cab stands in order.  Prosecutors claim the cab stand workers collected between $20 and $40  from any cab driver who wanted to cut in line.  Longer-distance fares would also be steered to some of the cabbies.

Some of the drivers told investigators this system nearly doubled their daily earnings.