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On Politics
5:04 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Senate bill in play to subject same-sex marriage to a statewide referendum

A state Senate bill being filed Wednesday by Senator Frank Ciccone (D-Providence) calls for a statewide referendum to offer an up or down vote on same-sex marriage.

The bill is cosponsored by 10 other senators: Lou DiPalma (D-Middletown0; Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio; William Walaska (D-Warwick); Nicholas Kettle (R-Coventry); James Doyle (D-Pawtucket); Lou Raptakis (D-Coventry); Judiciary Chairman Michael McCaffrey (D-Warwick); Frank Lombardi (D-Cranston); Walter Felag (D-Warren); and David Bates (R-Barrington).

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On Politics
3:13 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Chafee Explains Himself on the Non-Release of Ken Block's Waste and Fraud Report

Searching for waste and fraud in government would seem to be a win-win for a governor. Yet Lincoln Chafee has received the brunt of a critical backlash by declining to make public Ken Block's report on that subject. In an effort to explain himself, Chafee has released this statement:

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Political Roundtable: Ward Concerned About Tax Impact on CVS jobs

John Ward
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Woonsocket City Council President John Ward visits the Roundtable this week to talk about the outlook for fiscal stability in the northern Rhode Island community; the debate over tax policy in Rhode Island; and how to keep more young workers in the Ocean State.

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On Politics
2:56 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Woonsocket Council Prez Ward Concerned About Possible Tax Hit for CVS

Woonsocket City Council President John Ward is concerned that jobs provided by CVS Caremark Corporation could vanish if the company loses a big chunk of a state tax credit.

"Based on their reaction, I'm a little concerned," Ward said, referring to how CVS lobbyist Robert Goldberg said the company may reconsider its ties to Rhode Island if it loses part of a job development tax credit worth about $15 million a year.

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On Politics
12:01 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Is There a Political Cost For Voting for Same-Sex Marriage?

As the wait continues for the Senate Judiciary Committee to take up a same-sex marriage bill, supporters and opponents are continuing grassroots campaigns trumpeting their point of view. One of their points of contention is whether there's a political cost for lawmakers  for lawmakers who vote in support of same-sex marriage.

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On Politics
11:41 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Tax debate heats up in Rhode Island as some push for a "game-changer"

The debate over tax policy is heating up as the House Finance Committee gets set to hear testimony Wednesday on Governor Lincoln Chafee's proposed cut to the corporate tax.

Highlights:

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Politics
8:28 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Proposal to Give Those Who've Gone Straight a Clean Slate

A Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on a proposed expansion in the expungement of criminal records in Rhode Island. Supporters call expungement a way for former offenders to overcome past mistakes.

Deacon Jay Parker was one of the people to speak before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Parker says criminal charges from more than 20 years ago have been an obstacle when he’s applied for jobs.

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On Politics
12:56 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

New State Board of Education to Hold its First Meeting Next Monday

The merged state board that will oversee K through 12 and higher education is set to hold its first meeting at 5 pm next Monday, March 11, at the Warwick campus of the Community College of Rhode Island.

The combined board is expected to take us issues lingering since the dissolution of two separate state education boards last December. The state Senate has already confirmed 4 of 11 members for the merged board; the remaining seven are due to be confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

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Morning News Podcast
9:44 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Congressman David Cicilline predicts that public outrage about the impact of across the board spending cuts will eventually lead to a new budget agreement.  Early voting could come to RI if a proposed bill is passed by the General Assembly.  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
9:04 am
Mon March 4, 2013

RI May Step Back from Voter ID Law

East Providence Polling Place in 2012
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A controversial Voter ID bill that became law in 2011 could face changes at the General Assembly, including possible repeal. The passage of the law by a Democratic-controlled legislature attracted national attention.

Supporters of Voter ID call it a way to protect the integrity of voting. But critics say requiring voters to prove their identity reduces turnout by minorities and other groups that usually support Democrats.

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