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8:41 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Senate panel clears first nominees for combined Education Board; critics unmollified

Education Board nominee Michael Grande (center) responds to a question from state Senator Edward O'Neill.
Credit Ian Donnis

A legislative committee on Wednesday approved four nominees for a combined board overseeing K-through-12 and higher education. But critics still question whether the merged education board is a good idea.

A stream of witnesses touted the commitment to public education of the four nominees. The Senate Education Committee approved each of them by at least 8 of 10 votes.

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Morning News Podcast
9:46 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A proposal to legalize recreational marijuana and then tax it. Newport becomes a stop on an around-the-world sailing race.  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
 

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Politics
4:25 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Goldin proposing paid leave as part of temporary disability insurance

Gayle Goldin
Credit courtesy Gayle Goldin For RI

A bill being introduced this week would offer paid family leave as part of the state’s temporary disability insurance program, or TDI. But least one observer thinks the TDI program is already too costly.

Senator Gayle Goldin (D-Providence) says temporary paid leave should be available for workers caring for a seriously ill family member or bonding with a new child in their home. She says expanding TDI to do this would cost 83 cents a week for typical workers. Goldin says the benefits of temporary paid leave have been supported by research in California and New Jersey.

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On Politics
12:38 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Hassett says he'll decide soon on run for secretary of state

Providence City Councilor Terry Hassett, who was among the earliest to emerge as a prospective candidate for secretary of state in 2014, says he'll decide by month's end whether to pursue a campaign for that office.

The field of potential candidates for SoS has changed considerably since Hassett's interest was first reported in mid-2011.

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Morning News Podcast
9:31 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

House lawmakers consider an e-verify bill for employers.  The General Assembly begins hearings this week on the state's budget for next year. 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
 

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RI News
7:05 am
Tue February 5, 2013

General Assembly begins budget process this week

RI State Capitol
Credit RIPR file

Legislative committees are set Tuesday to begin reviewing Governor Lincoln Chafee’s proposed budget for the fiscal year starting in July. This is one of many meetings where lawmakers will hash over the budget.

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On Politics
1:47 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Walsh knocks down speculation on same-sex marriage/binding arbitration deal

Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island, is pouring cold water on one theory making the rounds -- that the House of Representatives will approve binding arbitration as part of a deal for the state Senate to pass same-sex marriage legislation.

The premise is a little funny on its face, since organized labor is a strong supporter of both issues. Still, stranger things have happened in the annals of Rhode Island politics.

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On Politics
10:20 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Ken Block takes on leadership role with RI Taxpayers

The Rhode Island Statewide Coalition, a taxpayer advocacy group, is renaming itself as RI Taxpayers. Moderate Party founder Ken Block is signing on as president of the group, Donna Perry is continuing as its executive director, Lisa Blais will serve as lobbyist, and Anchor Rising blogger Monique Chartier will edit the daily e-mail newsletter.

Via news release:

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On Politics
4:15 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

RI Should Take Deep Breath On Immigration

The Rhode Island General Assembly is back in session and in less than a month The House has already taken a historic vote to approve same-sex marriage. While it’s unclear what will happen to that controversial measure in the Senate,  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says there’s one hot button issue lawmakers ought to stay away from.

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On Politics
4:09 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

TGIF: 10 things to know about RI politics + media

Welcome back to my Friday column. As always your tips and thoughts are weclome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Let's get to it.

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