corruption

Lots of sharp elbows and ill feeling in Rhode Island this week. We'll delve deeper, so thanks for stopping by. As usual your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Ray Gallison, the once-powerful chairman of the House Finance Committee, formally pleaded guilty Thursday to nine federal charges, after a judge told him he faces a maximum prison sentence of 111 years.

Investigators announced in January that Gallison would plead guilty to charges he had enriched himself by preying on others, including a disabled person and a deceased friend.

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US Attorney Peter Neronha joins Political Roundtable to discuss the persistence of corruption in Rhode Island; whether he plans to run for attorney general next year; and the challenges of curbing opioid abuse.

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John Marion, the executive director of Common Cause of Rhode Island, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the recent spate of corruption cases involving former lawmakers; the good government concerns raised by President Trump; and the impact of a stronger progressive caucus in the RI House of Representatives.

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Governor Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss competing plans to cut the car tax; her proposal to offer Rhode Islanders two years of free tuition at state colleges; and a spate of charges against former state lawmakers.

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Ray Gallison, the Bristol Democrat who formerly chaired the powerful House Finance Committee, has agreed to plead guilty to nine federal charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and filing false tax returns, investigators announced Monday.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is opposing a move to increase ethics oversight at the state legislature. A ballot measure would restore some powers to the state Ethics Commission.

The Ethics Commission is a body tasked with investigating complaints of corruption, abuse of power, or potential conflicts of interest in state and municipal government.

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While many Ocean State voters are more focused on August vacations than politics, candidates for the legislature are knocking on doors, appearing at coffee hours and pleading for votes at taverns and ethnic clubs.

The Bottom Line: 30 Years In Business

May 27, 2016

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week, in honor of the 30th anniversary of Providence Business News, attorney Jack Partridge joins Mark and Dave to discuss the big business milestones of the past 30 years.  

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you: news@ripr.org.     

Mid-May and the political kettle keeps bubbling. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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One of the former owners of the Shark Bar has been indicted on one count of bribing a public official, as part of the corruption case involving former House speaker Gordon Fox, officials said Friday.

Old stories have a way of cycling back into the news in Rhode Island, and this otherwise quiet week was a case in point. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As always, your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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State and federal prosecutors say they continue to look at the corruption case involving former House speaker Gordon Fox.

Fox says he took $52,500 in bribes to approve a liquor license for a Thayer Street bar. No other individuals have been charged in connection with the case, but US Attorney Peter Neronha says the matter remains under review.

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Former House Speaker Gordon Fox, who made a trip from the hardscrabble streets of Mount Hope to the pinnacle of political power in Rhode Island, was sentenced Thursday to serve three years in prison after being convicted of bribery, wire fraud and tax evasion.

A contrite Fox intermittently choked up while apologizing to his friends, family and the people of Rhode Island during a sentencing hearing conducted by US District Court Judge Mary Lisi.

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