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4:21 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

TGIF: 12 things to know about RI politics + media

A New Year, a new General Assembly session, and the formal/informal start of the 2014 campaign season are upon us. Welcome to another edition of my Friday column. Thanks for reading, and feel free to send me your tips or thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (org). Here's the rundown:

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Politics
3:04 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Pare says tougher gun laws needed to curb violence in RI

(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare says the state can reduce gun-related violence by passing more stringent laws. Pare says most of the guns used for crime are illegally owned.

Pare says tougher penalties for illegal gun possession helped to dramatically reduce gun-related crime in New York City. He says more stringent punishments could help to have the same effect in Rhode Island.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Political Roundtable: Senator Dawson Hodgson on the economy and same-sex marriage

State Senator Dawson Hodgson
Credit Ian Donnis

State Senator Dawson Hodgson (R-North Kingstown) joins us this week to discuss economic development, same-sex marriage, and why he didn't vote for Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.

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Politics
5:58 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

State Senate approves brief delay in state education merger

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The state Senate approved a bill Thursday to allow additional time for a controversial merger of two state boards of education.

The bill will continue the existence until March 7 of separate state boards for K-through-12 and public higher education. It also pushes back until September the final structure for combining the two boards.

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Politics
5:39 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Same-sex marriage bills introduced at the General Assembly

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Bill to legalize same-sex marriage were introduced Thursday in each chamber of the General Assembly.

Senator Donna Nesselbush (D-Pawtucket) is the lead sponsor of a Senate bill with about a dozen sponsors.

In the House, the bill was introduced by Representative Art Handy (D-Cranston) with about 40 sponsors.

The House Judiciary Committee could take up the bill as soon as next week.

It’s not clear when the Senate Judiciary Committee will take up the bill on the Senate side.

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Politics
6:17 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Senate bill would delay part of education board merger until September

A bill introduced Wednesday by state Senator Hanna Gallo would delay until September 1 the “final plan for the permanent administrative structure” for the controversial combined state Board of Education.

In a signal of a green light for the bill, cosponsors include Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed and Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio.

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Politics
2:41 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Mediating the RI pension case -- and what it means for 2014

The court-ordered pension mediation set to begin this month will take place against an intensifying political backdrop: the early stage of the 2014 gubernatorial race. State Treasurer Gina Raimondo says politics can remain separate and apart from the mediation process.

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Politics
11:28 am
Wed January 2, 2013

General Assembly outlines priorities

(PROVIDENCE, RI) House Speaker Gordon Fox says the time has come for the state Senate to pass a same-sex marriage bill.

Fox, who is openly gay, was joined by his partner as he received the oath of office Tuesday for another term as House speaker.

Fox says Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed hasn’t given him any assurances about the fate of same-sex marriage bill. He says he hopes this is the year for the legislation to move forward.

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Politics
6:29 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Fox, Paiva Weed easily regain leadership posts; pledge greater economic focus

House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed cruised to re-election in their leadership positions Tuesday while pledging increased legislative attention to trying to boost Rhode Island’s underperforming economy.

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