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Politics
4:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Shekarchi eyeing possible mayoral run in Warwick

State Representative Joe Shekarchi joins us on Bonus Q+A to talk about why he ran for the General Assembly, his political future, and his car tax proposal, among other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Political Roundtable: Shekarchi on binding arbitration, the airport, and Raimondo

State Representative Joe Shekarchi (D-Warwick)
Credit Ian Donnis

State Representative Joe Shekarchi joins the Roundtable this week to talk about NECAP test results, binding arbitration, leveraging the airport, and the political future of state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

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On Politics
5:24 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Shekarchi has his eye on the mayor's office in Warwick

Shekarchi is sitting on a strong war chest.
Credit Ian Donnis

State Representative Joseph Shekarchi, who still has more than $82,000 in his campaign account after aggressively raising money during his rep run last year, is keeping a close eye on City Hall in Warwick.

The freshman Democrat from Warwick says he'd "absolutely" consider seeking the mayor's office if incumbent Scott Avedisian doesn't seek a ninth term in 2014.

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On Politics
2:26 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Another setback at EDC; Parsons asks out due to "serious health issue"

In the latest setback for the state Economic Development Corporation, Governor Lincoln Chafee's choice to lead the agency, William J. Parsons, has asked that his nomination we withdrawn due to a " recent serious health issue." Chafee has accepted the request by Parson, whose tenure with the EDC goes almost to the agency's inception.

Via news release:

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Morning News Podcast
10:31 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Most employers would not be able to ask job applicants about their criminal history under legislation being considered.  The Portsmouth Town Council has banned the feeding of coyotes. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.   

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

Politics
4:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Will this be the year when the General Assembly strengthens RI's gun laws?

Guns in the custody of the Providence police.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Law enforcement officials have tried without success for years to make Rhode Island’s gun laws more stringent. They say tougher laws would help to deter gun-related violence. Now, in the aftermath of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, the question remains whether Rhode Island will beef up its gun laws. For starters, gun control supporters will have to overcome powerful opposition from the National Rifle Association.

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Politics
7:14 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Senate considers Board of Ed nominees

RI State Capitol
Credit Kristin Gourlay

Four nominees for a new state Board of Education face a confirmation vote Tuesday by the full state Senate. They have already cleared a vote by the Senate Education Committee.
That committee is slated to take up the remaining seven nominees Wednesday.

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On Politics
10:39 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Critics sound warning about binding arbitration bill

A bill to extend binding arbitration to teacher contracts -- which last hit the House floor during the 2011 legislative session -- is coming back to the Statehouse.

Binding arbitration legislation sponsored by state Representative Anastasia Williams (D-Providence) is slated for a House Labor Committee hearing Tuesday (following the House session, or about 4:30/5 p.m.) in Room 201. A vote is not expected to take place following the hearing.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Metts recalls being racially profiled

State Senator Harold Metts joins us for our Bonus Q+A segment to talk about education policy, disproportionately high unemployment for minorities, and what it's like to be racially profiled while serving in the General Assembly.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Political Roundtable: Metts says new efforts needed to re-integrate offenders

State Senator Harold Metts
Credit Ian Donnis

State Senator Harold Metts (D-Providence) joins the Roundtable this week as we discuss same-sex marriage, efforts to better re-integrate offenders once they leave prison, and new appointees to the state Board of Education.

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