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2:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Is a constitutional convention an answer to Rhode Island’s problems?

Former RI political staffer Terry Donilon makes the case via op-ed in today’s Providence Journal that a constitutional convention would help move the state forward:

It would provide the avenue we need to create open and constructive dialogue about whether we actually need 39 cities and towns or if we could go with smaller, more effective government in the form of regional or county administration.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Loughlin says he’s not qualified to pursue the RI GOP chairmanship

John Loughlin, one of the Rhode Island GOP’s strongest voices, says he doesn’t intend to seek the chairmanship of the state Republican Party.

The current chairman, Mark Zaccaria, plans to give up the post early next year, according to Anchor Rising’s Monique Chartier.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Caruolo appointed chair of the state Board of Education

Former House Majority Leader George Caruolo, who has re-emerged as a bigger force since Governor Lincoln Chafee took office, has been appointed by Chafee as head of the new state Board of Education.

The governor says this via news release:

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On Politics
1:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Loughlin says RI GOP won’t succeed without being more moderate

Former state representative John Loughlin, who ran a spirited GOP campaign against David Cicilline in 2010 (see photo at left), says the RI GOP has to be more moderate to succeed in Rhode Island.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Ajello to re-introduce marijuana-legalization bill

No, it’s not bill number 420.

State Representative Edith Ajello, chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee, plans to re-introduce a bill in the new legislative session to legalize recreational marijuana. (The legislation wound up being held for further study this year; House Minority Leader Brian Newberry was among the cosponsors.)

Reason.com has more on a related event:

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

TGIF: 14 things to know about RI politics + media

After a long, strange trip, Election 2012 is in the books. It’s been a long week, so sit back and relax with my latest edition of TGIF. Your comments are welcome, as always, at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.

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On Politics
1:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Chafee announces step toward “integrated approach” on economic development

Governor Lincoln Chafee, perhaps responding to the clamor about the need for more short-term steps on boosting hte economy, has issued this news release:

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On Politics
5:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

State Police detail arrest of outgoing state Rep Leo Medina

State Representative Leo Medina (D-Providence), who lost a September primary race to former Rep Joseph Almeida, is back in the news (via this news release):

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On Politics
4:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Speculation centers on Ucci as next House whip; House Dems caucus Friday

Don’t be surprised if Representative Stephen Ucci of Johnston gets the nod as House whip, succeeding J. Patrick O’Neill (who resigned from that post in October), when House Democrats have a 6:30 caucus tomorrow at the Asian Palace restaurant on North Main Street.

House Speaker Gordon Fox is expected to easily win backing for another two-year term at his leadership post. 

On Politics
2:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

State motion to dismiss unions’ pension legal challenge on tap for December

Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter is slated to consider next month a motion by the state to dismiss the challenge filed by a series of unions against Rhode Island’s landmark 2011 pension overhaul.

A hearing on the matter is scheduled for December 7. It is not known how long Taft-Carter will take to make her decision on the motion.

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