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10:59 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Battle joined anew over same-sex marriage in Rhode Island

Chafee, Moffit, Raimondo, Ferri and Handy at the witness table in House Judiciary.
Credit Ian Donnis

A House Judiciary Committee hearing kicked off Tuesday with testimony from the lead sponsor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island, state Representative Art Handy (D-Cranston). He said it was the eleventh time he has introduced such legislation, but wasn't sure precisely how long similar bills have been filed. Handy said he thought the first was 18 years ago, but his point was really that the time has long since come to grant marriage rights to same-sex couples in Rhode Island.

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Politics
11:50 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Senate aims to improve RI's business-friendliness with new report

A report released Tuesday morning by the state Senate and the business-backed Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council uses a color-coded system to assess the state's performance on different economic indicators and recommends a series of steps for improvingits underperforming economy.

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Business
9:26 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Report looks at RI business climate

(PROVIDENCE, RI) A report examining why Rhode Island’s business climate ranks poorly in national surveys is slated to be released Tuesday.

Rhode Island has repeatedly placed near the bottom in some national surveys on the business friendliness of different states. The new study – entitled “Moving the Needle” – was produced by the state Senate and the business-backed Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council.

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Politics
1:52 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Historic House vote on same-sex marriage may come next week

Justice Alice Gibney administering the oath of office to Speaker Fox at the start of the 2013 session
Credit Ian Donnis

A vote isn't expected when the House Judiciary Committee holds (at the rise, in Room 313) what will likely be a lengthy hearing Tuesday on the same-sex marriage bill sponsored by Representative Art Handy (D-Cranston). But a historic House floor vote on same-sex marriage may come as soon as next week.

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Politics
10:06 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Lobbyists for General Assembly have reports due

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Lobbyists in the state of Rhode Island have two reports due Tuesday.  Lobbyists who represented clients before the General Assembly last year are expected to file both a report for last December and for the entire year of 2012.

The information contained in these reports makes up part of what is found on the website of Secretary of State Ralph Mollis.  The annual report is required whenever a state official is given anything worth more than $250 by a lobbyist.  

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:33 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Governor should grab the opportunity provided in State of the State speech

Governor Lincoln Chafee
Credit Ian Donnis

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee delivers his annual State of the State Speech this week. The governor’s words are crucial.


Lincoln Chafee has been governor for two years, but can any of  his constituents honestly point to an accomplishment or speech that addresses our state’s crying need: a better economy that generates needed jobs.

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Politics
5:59 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Connie Grosch is David Cicilline's new press secretary

Grosch in the House chamber
Credit Ian Donnis

Connie Grosch, the highly respected photojournalist who was laid off in November as part of broader cost-cutting at the Providence Journal, has been hired as the press secretary for Congressman David Cicilline.

"I couldn't be more thrilled," says Grosch, who is slated to start in the new role on January 22.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

TGIF: 12 things to know about RI politics + media

Time for my my weekly column. Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to share thoughts via email at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and stay abreast of stuff during the week with my Twitter feed.

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Politics
12:55 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Bishop Tobin says voters should decide same-sex marriage issue

Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin says Rhode Island voters should be the ones who decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage.

In a statement on Friday, Tobin responded to Governor Lincoln Chafee's assertion a day earlier that he would likely veto a same-sex marriage bill if it makes approval contingent on a statewide vote. Tobin calls Chafee's stance "arbitrary and undemocratic."

"One must ask, respectfully, what the Governor is afraid of?

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Fox calls the economy and same-sex marriage his top priorities for 2013

House Speaker Gordon Fox
Credit Ian Donnis

As part of a series of recent interviews with state officials, House Speaker Gordon Fox sat down with RIPR political reporter Ian Donnis this week to discuss jobs, same-sex marriage, and other issues facing the House of Representatives. 

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