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Municipal officials from around the state are opposing legislation that would make fire department staffing subject to collective bargaining. They say the bill effectively eliminates their power to control the budget.

Mayors and town managers say they should have control over schedules for firefighters, to cut down the cost of overtime. Legislation now pending at the statehouse would require collective bargaining for schedule changes.

Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee, who was sworn in Tuesday, joins Bonus Q+A to talk about trying to reduce the cost of operating HealthSource RI, the outlook on lowering electricity prices, his plans for using his new office, and more.

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The Rhode Island AFL-CIO’s COPE (Committee on Political Education) convention that was held in Providence last Friday decided to put the labor organization on record against Republican Allan Fung’s campaign for governor.

Frank Ferri is one of three Democrats running for lieutenant governor, along with Secretary of State Ralph Mollis and Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee. Term limits prevent the state’s current LG, Elizabeth Roberts, from seeking re-electon. Ferri has represented Warwick as a state rep since 2007, and he owns a bowling alley in Johnston. As part of our Rhody Votes covererage of the 2014 election, Ferri says he can speak for the concerns of small business owners.

In the race for state treasurer, first-time candidate Seth Magaziner is leading former treasurer Frank Caprio, 43 percent to 31 percent, with 24 percent of voters undecided, according to a new WPRI-TV/Providence Journal poll.

The survey measures 503 likely Democratic primary voters.

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Catherine Taylor on Monday launched her Republican campaign for lieutenant governor by vowing to use the office as a bully pulpit for improving the state's economic climate.

Taylor is a former aide to the late senator John Chafee, and she stepped down last week as head of the state Division of Elderly Affairs. Speaking outside the Business Innovation Factory in Providence's Olneyville section, Taylor was joined by her family and other Republicans, including gubernatorial candidates Allan Fung and Ken Block, in formally launching her campaign.

Republican Catherine Taylor, who came within a whisker of beating Democrat Ralph Mollis in the 2010 race for secretary of state, has confirmed she's running this year for lieutenant governor.

In a statement, Taylor says she'll step down from her current post as director of the state Division of Elderly Affairs on June 20.

Catherine Taylor, the State’s director of the Division of Elderly Affairs is stepping down from her post to jump into the race for Lieutenant Governor.  This will be the second time Taylor will run against Ralph Mollis.

The first time the two sparred for political office was in 2010, in the race for Secretary of State. Mollis won that contest by a razor thin margin of 1.2 percent beating Taylor by less than four thousand votes; not enough to prompt a recount. Since then Taylor has served director of the Division of Elderly Affairs for Rhode Island.

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State Representative Frank Ferri (D-Warwick), one of three Democrats running for lieutenant governor, joined Political Roundtable this week discuss his campaign and other issues, including 38 Studios and the Democratic race for governor.

Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate Daniel McKee joined Bonus Q+A last week to discuss his campaign and a host of related issues.

Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Daniel McKee, the mayor of Cumberland, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his support for mayoral academies; more revelations about 38 Studios; transparency in the I-195 process; and the outlook on Smith Hill for tax cuts.

Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee on Wednesday launched his Democratic run for lieutenant governor. He's expected to square off during a primary next September with Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, who is prevented by term limits from seeking re-election.

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis joins us on Bonus Q+A to talk about his record after two terms in the job, his qualifications for lieutenant governor and a range of other issues.

Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee, who has made little secret of his interest in running next year for lieutenant governor, has filed a notice of organization with the state Board of Elections to pursue that office.