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2:10 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Taveras boosts Kimzey and Goldin in legislative races

Progressive activist Libby Kimzey got a boost over the weekend in her three-way Democratic primary for state rep — an endorsement from Providence Mayor Angel Taveras (who also backed Gayle Goldin):

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On Politics
2:17 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Johnston’s Polisena says he bulked up his campaign account to fend off the firefighters’ union

 It might not be Raimondo-like, but Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena buttressed one of the state’s 10-largest campaign accounts ($135,242) by adding clos

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On Politics
1:22 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

DaPonte and DaSilva go head to head in high-profile Senate race

The marquee race of the primary season in the state Senate contest between Senate Finance Chairman Daniel DaPonte, who faces a challenge from fellow Democrat, state Representative Roberto DaSilva. If you want a sense of the candidates and their stances, check out WPRI/WNAC-TV’s Newsmakers this weekend (including a special 6:30 pm Saturday broadcast on WNAC).

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On Politics
2:27 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Schwartz says 38 Studios “never really had a chance,” asks why RI officials were slow to understand

Jason Schwartz, who wrote the definitive story on the 38 Studios saga for Boston Magazine, tells NECN the short version is this: the company “never really had a chance.”

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On Politics
5:30 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Speaker Fox writes $648 check for 2007 fundraiser; opponent tries to make hay

House Speaker Gordon Fox yesterday sent a check for $648 to Tazza Caffe cover the cost of food and drinks for a 2007 fundraiser at the Peerless Lofts. Tazza’s owner, Michael Corso, is the lawyer and tax broker who was part of a 2010 meeting paving the way for 38 Studios to come to Rhode Island.

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On Politics
4:35 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Raimondo not predicting outcome of pension lawsuit

As might be expected for an elected official, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo isn’t making any bold predictions about the outcome of a court case challenging last year’s pension overhaul.

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On Politics
3:03 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Narragansett chief wants a meeting with Chafee to talk gambling + discrimination

Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas has followed through on his plan to seek a meeting with Governor Lincoln Chafee.

The Narrgansetts remain on the sidelines as Rhode Island’s gambling halls are spending big bucks to promote an expansion of their offerings this November.

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On Politics
11:12 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Bob Walsh on the pension lawsuit: “The state went too far in making changes”

Here’s a link to the audio for my Q+A with Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island, on the lawsuit by a series of unions against the state’s 2011 pension overhaul.

On Politics
2:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Bob Walsh: the unions are going to win the pension lawsuit

Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island, has never been shy with his opinions. And he’s confident that unions will succeed in legally overturning the state’s much-ballyhooed pension overhaul of 2011.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Six things about campaign finance — and why they matter

1. Republican Senate candidate Barry Hinckley says Rhode Islanders don’t much care about campaign finance reform. “I have been around for 16 months, traveling Rhode Island,” Hinckley said during a press event yesterday. “Not one person has brought up campaign finance reform to me, not one, in 16 months.”

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