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4:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

RI's Grassroots Fight For and Against Same-Sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage supporter Margaret Hughes knocks on a door in Woonsocket
Credit Bess Marine

Legislation that legalizes same-sex marriage in Rhode Island remains under consideration in the state Senate. Supporters want the General Assembly to approve same-sex marriage; opponents are backing a bill with broad exceptions that would make the issue subject to a statewide vote. Exactly when the Senate will vote on these bills remains unclear. Yet both sides are relying on grassroots campaigns to tip the outcome in their favor. These efforts could determine whether Rhode Island changes its status as the only New England state that has not yet legalized same-sex marriage.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Political Roundtable: Archambault on Same-Sex Marriage, Governor Chafee, and the RI GOP

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Senator Stephen Archambault (D-Smithfield) joins the Roundtable to discuss same-sex marriage, Governor Lincoln Chafee's blaming of the media for his low approval ratings; and continued woes for the RI GOP.

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On Politics
11:46 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Bishop Tobin, Advocates Clash on SCOTUS + Same-Sex Marriage

Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin issued a statement this morning, calling on the General Assembly to put the brakes on same-sex marriage legislation due to the US Supreme Court's consideration of related issues:

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On Politics
3:03 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Josh Miller may mull run for lieutenant governor

Add Senator Josh Miller (D-Cranston) to the list of potential candidates for lieutenant governor in 2014.

Miller says it's too early to consider him an LG candidate, but adds that there "might be a point before the end of the session that I'll start looking at it."

The Cranston Democrat and restaurateur says he's focused on legislative matters for now and wants to consider his potential effectiveness as lieutenant governor before making a decision. Miller says he can offer "a wide range of experience on a wide range of issues."

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On Politics
4:33 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

Welcome back to my weekly column. A 12-hour legislative committee meeting on the same night when the RI GOP invalidates a vote for chairman? Just another day in the Biggest Little. Your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's get to it.

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On Politics
11:42 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Senate Judiciary Committee's 12-hour Same-Sex Marriage Hearing -- And What's Next

Senator Frank Ciccone, Governor Lincoln Chafee, and Treasurer Gina Raimondo at the witness table.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

If hundreds of people offer heartfelt arguments over 12 hours to lawmakers whose minds are mostly made up on the controversial issue of same-sex marriage, does it make any difference?

"I don't know," says Senator Lou Raptakis (D-Coventry), one of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that held a marathon hearing on the subject from 5 pm Thursday to 5 am Friday.

Raptakis says 9 of 10 committee members stuck it out to the end.

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Politics
9:03 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Competing Same-Sex Marriage Bills Due for a Hearing

Rhode Island Statehouse
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hold a hearing Thursday afternoon on two competing bills to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island. One key area of debate is the extent of exceptions for clergy and small businesses in recognizing same-sex marriages.

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On Politics
11:20 am
Wed March 20, 2013

General Assembly Web Site Adds Streaming Video

The General Assembly Web site is adding live video streaming that will allow viewers to watch up to four committee meetings at the same time, as well as House and Senate sessions.

The content will be archived for viewing through the Web site, according to a news release:

Currently, Capitol TV airs a live House session and taped the Senate session to broadcast after. Without web-streaming, the channel could only broadcast one live committee meeting at a time.

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Environment
8:34 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Bill Would Allow State Landfill Use Glass as a Cover

A bill introduced in the state Senate allows the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation to once again use recycled glass as part of its daily cover material atop the landfill. The original amendment banned construction and demolition materials, including glass, for use as daily cover material at the landfill.

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RI News
7:50 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Same-sex Marriage Bill to be Considered by Senate Committee

State Capitol Dome and Independent Man
Credit RIPR file

Critics say a bill calling for a statewide referendum on same-sex marriage would expand discrimination in Rhode Island.

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