Inaugural week is almost over, and the hard work of trying to nudge Rhode Island forward begins anew with a fresh slate of politicos. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are invited at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you're welcome to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.
Legislative leaders opened the new General Assembly session yesterday by pledging to focus on jobs and education.
House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed unanimously won re-election to their leadership posts. Mattiello began his chamber’s 2015 session by vowing to keep a continued focus on jobs and the economy. Mattiello won his first full two-year term as speaker on a unanimous vote.
A new era in Providence politics began with the inauguration of Jorge Elorza Monday as the city’s mayor. Elorza offered a mostly upbeat message before an audience about 200 people, while acknowledging how Providence still faces some tough fiscal challenges.
Elorza’s mid-day inaugural in front of City Hall had a little bit of everything, from the National Anthem to a rap song by an independent Christian hip-hop artist celebrating his Guatemalan roots.
Happy New Year! Is it the dawn of a new era in Rhode Island, or just a fresh path to more of the same? The answers will come in the months and years ahead, and we'll be following them here each week. So thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to drop me a tip or comment at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.
House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the outlook for RI Republicans, his legislative priorities for 2015, what went wrong for Allan Fung, and other issues.
Governor-elect Gina Raimondo is poised to be inaugurated next Tuesday as Rhode Island's first female governor. She sat down at her transition office Tuesday to discuss the top challenges facing the state and other issues.
The gifts have been unwrapped, the eggnog raised, and now it's quick sprint to New Year's before the start of a new phase in Rhode Island politics. So thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to share tips and thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) or to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.
House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is poised next month to win his first full two-year term to what is considered the most powerful post in state government. The Cranston Democrat won a battle for the speakership last March following the resignation of his predecessor, Gordon Fox. Mattiello sat down in his Statehouse office this week to discuss his priorities for 2015 and a host of other issues.
House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said he's willing to consider cutting spending if that's what it takes to reduce Rhode Island's long-term structural deficits.
During a Statehouse interview Monday, Mattiello said that when it comes to the almost $200 million deficit for the fiscal year starting next July, the state needs to be more efficient "and we're going to have to look at what our neighboring states do and get our expenses in line with our neighboring states."
Teresa Paiva Weed of Newport is poised to be elected next month to her fourth term as president of the Rhode Island Senate. Paiva Weed recently sat down in her Statehouse office to talk about her priorities for 2015 and other issues.