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4:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Political Roundtable: Pension Talks; Sakonnet Tolls; Bishop Tobin's GOP Switch

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Pablo Rodriguez joins the Roundtable this week as we discuss ongoing mediation over Rhode Island's pension lawsuit; the start next week of a 10-cent toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge; Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin's decision to become a Republican; and the US Justice Department stepping away from mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes.

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Politics
10:28 am
Wed August 14, 2013

RI Turnpike and Bridge Authority Yet To Establish Toll Collection Policy

A 10-cent toll will go into effect next Monday on the Sakonnet River Bridge.  The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority has not yet established a new policy for collecting the tolls.

The General Assembly set the new 10-cent toll in the closing days of the legislative session earlier this summer. Turnpike and Bridge Authority Chairman David Darlington said the authority needs to gather more information before making a new policy.

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RI News
9:14 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Providence Bishop Announces Republican Party Affiliation

Bishop Thomas Tobin has been an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage, and has now announced he is a registered Republican.
Credit Courtesy Rhode Island Catholic Dioceses

The Bishop of Providence, Thomas Tobin, said he has become a registered Republican.

Tobin told a group of Rhode Island Young Republicans he blamed himself and the Catholic Church for the legalization of same-sex marriage.

He also said Catholic lawmakers at the State house quote “let us down.”

The Dioceses of Providence wrote a "Letter to Catholics on the Approval of Same-Sex Marriage" which was published in the newspaper, Rhode Island Catholic Newspaper following the passage in May.

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RI News
8:32 am
Tue August 13, 2013

10-Cent Tolls Set to Begin on Sakonnet River Bridge

The Turnpike and Bridge Authority is scheduled to meet before the tolls go into effect next week.
Credit Courtesy RI DOT

The state is slated to begin charging a new 10-cent toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge next Monday.  Yet it’s not exactly clear how the state will collect that money.

The General Assembly added the 10-cent toll, basically as a placeholder, at the end of the legislative session. The legislature took that action because the absence of a toll on the new span could prevent the state from adding one at a later date. State Rep John Edwards of Tiverton says the toll remains unpopular in the East Bay.

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On Politics
5:05 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

TGIF: 10 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

Welcome back to my Friday politics + media column. As always, you can reach me at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's head in.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Political Roundtable: Almonte on 38 Studios, Hedge Funds + the GOP in 2014

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Democratic candidate for treasurer Ernest Almonte joins the Roundtable to discuss lingering questions about 38 Studios; the state pension fund's stake in hedge funds; and how John Robitaille could remake the GOP field for governor in 2014.

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Politics
9:04 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Constitutional Convention May Be On the Horizon In Rhode Island

Rhode Island voters can expect to decide next year whether to organize a constitutional convention.  Voters are supposed to be asked that question once every 10 years.

The question of whether to stage a constitutional convention can be put on the ballot by either the General Assembly or the secretary of state. Secretary of State Ralph Mollis said if the legislature doesn’t pose the question for voters, he’ll put it on the ballot next year.

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Political Roundtable
9:30 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Paiva Weed on Ethics, Tolls, HealthSourceRI + more

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed joins Bonus Q+A to discuss the legislative process; funding bridge maintenance; her future political plans; and much more.

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Political Roundtable
9:27 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Political Roundtable: Paiva Weed Says the RI Senate Passed Same-Sex Marriage Due to Public Support

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State Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed joins the Political Roundtable this week to discuss legislative attempts to improve Rhode Island's economy; the search for a new state commissioner of higher education; and why the Senate voted in April to legalize same-sex marriage.

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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

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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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