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10:22 am
Mon September 30, 2013

RI's Congressional Delegation Slams Shutdown

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is roundly criticizing House Republicans  over the budget impasse. Over the weekend Republican lawmakers agreed to continue funding the government beyond midnight Monday provided there’s a one year delay in the implementation of Obamacare; a proposal that’s dead on arrival in the Senate and the White House.

Congressman David Cicilline calls the House Republican caucus strategy the “height of irresponsibility” and he has harsh words for House Speaker John Boehner.

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Politics
10:40 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Reed Warns Against Government Shutdown

Senior Senator Jack Reed, is fighting proposals to shut down the government, if a budget approval cannot be reached.
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Senator Jack Reed took to the Senate floor Thursday to make an impassioned speech against shutting down the government. That’s a strategy backed by  House Republicans as a way of defunding Obamacare.  Rhode Island’s senior senator called a potential shutdown “unfortunate and inappropriate.”

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On Politics
7:28 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

David Caprio Ticketed as New RI Democratic Party Chairman

RIPR has learned that former state representative David Caprio has been selected to be the new chairman of the Rhode Island Democratic Party.

Larry Berman, spokesman for House Speaker Gordon Fox, says Fox is recommending Caprio for the position and will place his name in nomination during an October 3 Democratic State Committee meeting at the Portuguese Club in Cranston. "It is up to the committee" to select Caprio, Berman said. Asked if there will be any other candidates for state party chair, Berman said, "Not that we've heard."

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Raimondo on Education, Campaign Finance, Transparency + More

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q+A to talk about her political future, education policy, campaign finance, transparency in government and other topics.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Political Roundtable: Raimondo on the Pension Plan, Economic Development, and Gambling Revenue

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General Treasurer Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss 2014; the health of the state pension plan; her views on boosting Rhode Island's economy; and whether adding table games is the best way for the state to protect one of its largest revenue sources.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:48 am
Mon September 9, 2013

The New Face Of the Governor's Race

Following Lincoln Chafee's departure from the 2014 governor's race, potential candidates to come into sharper relief.
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Governor Lincoln Chafee’s departure from next year’s Rhode Island governor’s campaign has scrambled the field. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay takes on the new generation of leaders likely to vie for the Statehouse.

Whatever you think of his governorship or his policies, Chafee’s decision to drop out of the race passes the torch to a new generation of Rhode Island politicians. Unless you live in a yurt or have totally abandoned following state government, you’ve probably heard of Angel  Taveras, Gina Raimondo or Allan Fung.

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Politics
8:26 am
Fri September 6, 2013

No Easy Answers To Providence's High Tax Rate

Providence's commercial tax rate remains among the highest in the country.
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The head of the Providence City Council says there aren’t any easy answers for cutting high commercial taxes in the capital city. Providence has among the highest commercial tax rates in the country.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has frozen the commercial tax rate in Rhode Island’s largest city. But the cost of the tax is still seen as an obstacle to new development.

City Council President Michael Solomon says city officials are limited in their ability to improve the situation beyond trying to encourage a broader tax base.

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Congressional Q+A
4:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Congressional Q+A: Reed on Syria, Wall Street Reform + DC Spending Battles

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As part of a week-long series of conversations with Rhode Island's congressional delegation. Senator Jack Reed stopped by to discuss Syria and the outlook for stability in the Middle East; Wall Street reform; upcoming spending battles in Washington; and more.

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Politics
8:22 am
Tue August 20, 2013

State Republicans Point to Democrats as Unemployment Rises

State Republican leaders say Democrats have done little to ease Rhode Island's increasing unemployment.
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The head of the state Republican Party is blaming legislative Democrats for failing to improve Rhode Island’s economy. The state’s unemployment rate climbed by a tenth of percent in July, to 8.9 percent.

State GOP chairman Mark Smiley said the General Assembly’s Democratic leaders are wrong to brag about their efforts when the unemployment rate is going in the wrong direction.

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On Politics
2:11 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Why does the GOP so fear Obamacare?

The debate over Obamacare rages from Providence to Pasadena. As the state moves closer to launching its health insurance exchange, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the arguments and traces the law’s Rhode Island roots.

Ask Rhode Island Republican State Chairman Mark Smiley what he thinks of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare and you’ll get a blunt answer:  He says, ``I hate it.’’

Smiley’s position is simple and wedded to his party’s national stance: Repeal the entire law and start over. ``Socialism,’’ he says, ``doesn’t work.’’

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