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On Politics
3:06 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Paiva Weed Says the RI Senate Passed Same-Sex Marriage Due to Growing Public Support

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

When the Rhode Island Senate made history by approving same-sex marriage legislation in April, more than a few close observers (including me) saw it as a matter -- in part -- of Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed preserving her leadership. The thinking was that if same-sex marriage was defeated again (in a battle that started in 1997), SSM supporters would aggressively target legislative opponents at the polls next year.

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RI News
8:41 am
Thu August 1, 2013

After 36 Years, Rhode Island Couple Can Now Tie The Knot

Larry Bacon and Dave Burnett, in their Newport home, met in Maine over 36 years ago. They plan to get married in September.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The General Assembly legalized same-sex marriage this past May, and when Gov. Chafee signed the legislation into law Rhode Island became the twelfth state in the country to do so. 

Today the state will begin to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

One of those couples planning to get married now that it is legal is Larry Bacon and Dave Burnett who have been together for 36 years.

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On Politics
5:05 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Battle Over Legislative Pay Hike Flares Anew

Thanks to a cost of living adjustment mandated by the state Constitution, 111 state lawmakers are entitled to get a $307 boost in their annual pay, bringing the yearly amount to $14,947. The pay hike is doubled for House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, who get twice the salary of other lawmakers.

What all these means depends whom you ask.

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Politics
2:05 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Some Rhode Island Lawmakers are Turning Down Pay Hike

Nine lawmakers so far have turned down an annual cost of living raise.
Credit file / RIPR

Nine state senators and one state rep are turning down an increase in their annual legislative pay, which is mandated by a cost of living provision in the state constitution.

The raise will boost lawmakers pay by $307 to $14,947. Democratic State Senator Adam Satchell of West Warwick turned his raise down, saying he doesn’t feel like he deserves it after one year in office.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Marion on the General Assembly, Campaign Finance, a Constitutional Convention + More

Common Cause of RI executive director John Marion joins us on Bonus Q+A to discuss the General Assembly, selecting judges in Rhode Island, the evolving world of campaign finance, the 2014 vote on a constitutional convention, and other topics.

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Political Roundtable
8:44 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Gordon Fox

Seldom does a politician have a chance to not only change history but the trajectory of his own life. That was the case this year with Rhode Island Speaker of the House Gordon Fox, who spearheaded the same sex marriage bill that passed the General Assembly after years of defeat. Fox, an openly gay politician, discussed how the law will affect his own life in an interview with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic and Scott MacKay.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Marcello Says Paying Bondholders Doesn't Undercut Digging into 38 Studios

State Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, takes part in Bonus Q+A to discuss Oversight's hearings on 38 Studios, transit funding, the legislative process, and other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Political Roundtable: Marcello on the Sakonnet Toll Controvery, 38 Studios + More

State Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, joins the Roundtable this week to discuss the bumpy end to the House session; new tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge; repaying bonds for 38 Studios; and other issues.

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Health Care
11:32 am
Tue July 2, 2013

General Assembly Bans Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors

The General Assembly has approved legislation that bans the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

Electronic cigarettes,  also known as e-cigarettes, are electronic nicotine delivery systems shaped like cigarettes or cigars. They deliver nicotine to a user in the form of vapor. 

The sponsor of the bill, Majority Leader Dominic Ruggerio, said getting kids hooked on nicotine through e-cigarettes is just as bad as getting them started on regular cigarettes.

Politics
9:10 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Future Of the EDC In the Hands Of the General Assembly

The General Assembly is slated to consider bills later Tuesday to revamp Rhode Island’s approach to economic development.  The action comes on the last day of the legislative session.

The state Economic Development Corporation has been marked for years by turnover in its top leadership. Governor Lincoln Chafee wants to give the EDC a chance to show its stuff with a new board and a new director, Marcel Valois. But the General Assembly could make some significant changes to the agency.

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