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6:17 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Former Delegates Voice Opposition To RI Constitutional Convention

Tom Izzo served as a delegate during the 1986 Constitutional Convention, he now opposes the convention.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Former delegates to the 1986 Constitutional Convention are speaking out against the event Rhode Islanders will vote on November 4th. 

1986 was the last time the state held a Constitutional Convention.  The state can hold one once every ten years, pending voter approval.  Delegates are elected to the convention which creates legislation then voted on by the public; bypassing the general assembly.  Critics say the delegates can be easily swayed by special interest groups, because they are not seeking reelection.  Tom Izzo was a delegate in 1986.

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Politics
8:09 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Grover Norquist Joins Ken Block In Support Of Constitutional Convention

The Constitutional Convention allows delegates from municipalities across the state to create legislation to be voted on without the General Assembly.
Credit RIPR FILE

National anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist visits Rhode Island Thursday for an event supporting a Constitutional Convention.  Voters will decide in November whether the state should hold the convention.

It’s been 28 years since the last time Rhode Island held a Constitutional Convention. They are formed by a body of delegates that creates proposals then voted on by the public. Bypassing the General Assembly. 

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Local Features
4:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

One Square Mile: Cesspools And Sewers Remain a Contentious Subject in Warwick

Save The Bay's Jonathan Stone says speeding the removal of cesspools in Warwick will help Narragansett Bay.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

On a brilliantly sunny recent day at Oakland Beach in Warwick, waves from Narragansett Bay splash against sea rocks, a few sailboats bob in the distance, and scores of people enjoy the chance to be outside.

But the head of Save The Bay, Jonathan Stone, is thinking about a very different kind of situation at Oakland Beach from the summer of 2013. "This beach was closed for half the summer last year," Stone says, "and it wasn’t closed from pollution from Providence. It was closed because of local pollution, a significant source of which is cesspools."

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On Politics
4:44 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

TGIF: 10 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

With just over a month until Election Day, the post-primary lull is rapidly fading into the past. So thanks for stopping by, feel to send your tips and thoughts my way at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go:

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On Politics
9:10 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Paiva Weed Now Opposes Newport Casino Referendum; Developers Offer Added Incentives

Paiva Weed during a previous Statehouse news conference
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Newport) on Wednesday night said she opposes the addition of table games at Newport Grand, after the Newport City Council voted 4-3 to reject the host agreement for a transformation of the slot parlor into a full-fledged casino.

"In light of the council's decision to not approve the host agreement, I can not support the referendum," Paiva Weed told RIPR.

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On Politics
12:30 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Wasserman Schultz to Headline RI Democrats' Unity Dinner

US Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will headline Rhode Island Democrats' October 14 unity dinner at the West Valley Inn in West Warwick.

The news comes amid reports questioning how long Wasserman will remain in her role with the DNC.

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Politics
3:40 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

GOP Rivals In RI Governor’s Race Show Unity

Bitter rivals in the primary, Ken Block and Allan Fung hug at a press conference where Block endorsed Fung's run for governor.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rivals in the heated Republican primary for governor, Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, hugged in front of the media Monday and vowed to work together to get a Republican in the governor’s office.

They attacked each other in debates and television ads, but at a press conference at the Statehouse Fung and Block hugged, saying they share a belief in reduced spending and more oversight of the General Assembly. Block said the two are now united going into the November election.

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On Politics
6:26 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

If the Rhode Island political news is coming this hot and heavy, what's it going to be like next week? The September 9 primary witching hour is steadily approach, so welcome back for another edition of my Friday column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and the land of 140-character notes awaits you via the twitters. Here we go.

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On Politics
3:23 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

It's been another wild week in Rhode Island politics and things will only get more intense on the way to the September 9th primary. So strap yourself in, send your tips and thoughts to me at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and follow me on the twitters whenever you're lucid and awake. Here we go.

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On Politics
12:14 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

National Realtors Group Makes $75K Expenditure for State Senate Candidate Chris Wall

The National Association of Realtors Fund, a Chicago-based organization, has made a $75,000 independent expenditure in support of East Side real estate agent Chris Wall's primary challenge to state Senator Gayle Goldin (D-Providence).

The Realtors Fund's spending in support of Wall is more than twice the amount that Goldin ($14,814) and Wall ($18,943) had on hand in their most recent campaign finance filings.

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