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On Politics
4:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

More than a quarter of voters in the Goldin-Butke race didn’t vote for Speaker Gordon Fox

More than one-quarter of voters taking part in the September 11 state Senate Democratic primary election between Gayle Goldin and Maryellen Butke skipped the chance to vote for House Speaker Gordon Fox, according to an RIPR analysis.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Four noteworthy things about Speaker Gordon Fox

1. J. Patrick O’Neill’s resignation as House majority whip can be expected to roil the competing factions in what former speaker William Murphy once dubbed “the House of Ambition.”

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On Politics
2:01 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Speaker Fox calls Brien’s Hatch Act complaint baseless

The General Assembly has long been populated with public employees — police officers, firefighters, and teachers — so the Hatch Act complaint described by state Representative Jon Brien has no small significance.

Larry Berman, the spokesman for House Speaker Gordon Fox, says the House leadership believes Stephen Casey is on solid ground in rebutting Brien’s complaint.

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On Politics
1:04 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Casey calls Brien’s Hatch Act complaint without merit

Woonsocket firefighter Stephen Casey, who beat state Representative Jon Brien in the September 11 primary, says he thinks Brien’s charge of a Hatch Act violation is all wet.

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On Politics
12:10 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Brien charges his primary opponent was ineligible due to a Hatch Act violation

Outgoing state Representative Jon Brien, who lost his seat in the September 11 primary to Woonsocket firefighter Stephen Casey, charged today that Casey was ineligible to run to a federal Hatch Act violation. Brien says the violation is based on how Casey is employed by a department that receives federal funding.

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On Politics
2:18 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

State GOP rips group’s endorsements of Democratic professionals over Republican small businessmen

The state Republican Party is unhappy that a group with a self-described mission of supporting “pro-jobs” legislative candidates is backing at least two Democratic professionals over Republican small businessmen.

The New Leaders Project emerged in 2010 with the goal of promoting a more “pro-growth” General Assembly. Yet RI GOP chairman Mark Zaccaria finds fault with two of the group’s current endorsements:

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On Politics
2:25 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Was Laura Pisaturo’s loss to Michael McCaffrey actually a win for same-sex marriage supporters?

The conventional wisdom holds that the September 11 primary was, at best, a status quo election for supporters of same-sex marriage. Legislative candidates who back the issue fared far better in the House, after all, than the real battlefield of the Senate. And Senate Judiciary Chairman Michael McCaffrey fended off a challenge by Laura Pisaturo, a gay woman, in one of the primary’s most high-profile legislative races.

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On Politics
1:35 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

12 things about RIPEC’s recommendations on remaking economic development in RI

John Simmons (left), executive director of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC), formally presented this morning a 136-page report on remaking Rhode Island’s approach to economic development.

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On Politics
3:07 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Gallogly targeting November 6 for mayoral election in Central Falls

State Revenue director Rosemary Booth Gallogly hope to finalize the November 6 presidential election as the date for choosing a successor to Charles Moreau.

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On Politics
3:14 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Mollis’ office says last successful legislative write-in was in 1990

As reported earlier, state Representative Jon Brien hopes to avoid the usual losing fate of candidates who’ve waged write-in campaigns for the General Assembly.

Chris Barnett, the spokesman for Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, says the last successful legislative write-in came in House District 69, the seat now held by Representative Ray Gallison of Bristol.

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