A report commissioned by the Chafee administration has found that even under the best-case scenario, Rhode Island will be better off paying back bondholders who invested in the failed video-game company 38 Studios.
A senate committee will vote Wednesday on legislation that would ultimately put the governor and lieutenant governor on a joint ticket. The bill co-sponsored by Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed would let voters decide on a constitutional amendment linking the two top offices.
Paiva Weed said previous lieutenant governors have had to define their own roles, while this legislation would make them an assistant to the governor.
The Rhode Island House, in an abrupt change after years of indifference to the issue, voted unanimously Thursday to eliminate the use of the master lever in Rhode Island in 2014. Through her spokeswoman, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed said she's "keeping an open mind about the legislation to eliminate the straight ticket voting option from Rhode Island ballots."
Dozens of people gathered in Providence Wednesday to protest a proposed constitutional convention in Rhode Island. The debate whether to hold this convention comes up every 10 years.
The constitutional convention gives Rhode Island voters an opportunity to change their state constitution. Delegates outside the general assembly are chosen to represent districts across the state in a meeting to draft referenda that will appear at state-wide elections.
After years of opposition have failed to yield a response, the House Judiciary Committee voted Tuesday evening to this year eliminate the use in Rhode Island of the master lever.
Critics have complained for decades that the master lever is outdated, confuses voters, and offers an advantage to the Democrats who rule the General Assembly.
In what could be an early win for Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, the full House is slated to vote on the issue Thursday. Similar legislation has yet to emerge from the Senate Judiciary Committee or be scheduled for a full Senate vote.
Aaron Regunberg, a candidate for the state representative seat being vacated by former House speaker Goron Fox, has won the endorsement of Representative Edith Ajello and former rep Nick Tsiongas.
Ajello, who lost her post as chair of the House Judiciary Committee after Nicholas Mattiello won the fight to succeed Fox as speaker, is a liberal favorite on Providence's East Side. Tsiongas formerly represented the East Side's Mount Hope and Summit neighborhoods.