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4:00 am
Wed July 18, 2012

The US is reinventing its economy; can Rhode Island do likewise?

Even with what often seems like a tepid recovery, the United States is working its way back toward a muscular economy — if you believe the Economist.

The sharp-eyed British newsmagazine points to a number of factors: under-valued homes, increasing exports, the growing “app economy,” and more. So if the nation can do it, what about the perennial sick man of the New England states?

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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Narragansetts remain on the sidelines as RI + Massachusetts gear up for more gambling

Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas can only watch in frustration as 1) Massachusetts moves ahead with plans for expanded gambling in nearby Taunton; and Rhode Island’s slot parlors spend heavily in hopes of adding table games at Twin River and Newport Grand.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Would a full-time General Assembly be better for Rhode Island?

A few months ago, a young campaign operative made an earnest argument to me: Rhode Island would be better served by a full-time General Assembly. Observers of Smith Hill might have reason to be skeptical that longer hours and better pay would improve the legislature. Yet my friend Arlene Violet is now adding her voice to those calling for a full-time General Assembly:

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On Politics
4:00 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Chafee says he’s vindicated by testimony in 38 Studios’ bankruptcy; pledges review of EDC oversight

Governor Lincoln Chafee says he’s vindicated by testimony offered yesterday during a meeting in Wilmington, Delaware, on the bankruptcy of Curt Schilling’s failed video game company, 38 Studios.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

In sizzling missive, Narragansett chief calls RI “blatantly discriminatory” toward the tribe

In a scathing news release, Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas outlines a litany of grievances involving Rhode Island’s likely expansion of state-sponsored gambling and calls for a meeting with Governor Lincoln Chafee, House Speaker Gordon Fox, and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed “to address this disgraceful situation.”

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On Politics
4:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Supreme Court upholds dismissal of Bob Burke’s defamation case against ProJo

In a victory for the Rhode Island media, the state Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a defamation case filed by Providence restaurateur Robert I. “Bob” Burke against the Providence Journal, ProJo Statehouse chief Katherine Gregg, WPRO talk-show host Dan Yorke and Citadel Broadcasting, the former owner of WPRO.

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On Politics
4:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Rhoda Perry bowing out of the RI Senate after 22 years

State Senator Rhoda Perry,  a liberal stalwart from Providence, has decided against seeking re-election after more than two decades in the chamber.

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On Politics
3:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Fox pledges same-sex marriage vote; focus turns to the Senate

House Speaker Gordon Fox, during a taping this morning of WPRI/WNAC-TV’s Newsmakers, said he plans to call a vote on same-sex marriage early in the next legislative session. While legislative elections this fall could change the composition of the House, Fox believes he has the votes to pass the measure (assuming he wins re-election).

Marriage Equality Rhode Island has released the following statement in response:

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On Politics
3:00 am
Thu June 28, 2012

RNC’s Priebus helps RI GOP raise money for legislative candidates

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, was the headliner for a mid-day state GOP fundraiser at Hemenway’s Restaurant in Providence.

State GOP chairman Mark Zaccaria says proceeds — which were expected to hit a target of $5000 — will go to Republican legislative candidates. The event was closed to media.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Wistow hired to try to cut losses from 38 Studios; Chafee offers new details

Lawyer Max Wistow, a partner in the Providence firm of Wistow & Barylick, was hired by the state today to try to reduce the roughly $100 million liability faced by taxpayers due to the meltdown of 38 Studios.

After being introduced by Governor Chafee during a Statehouse news conference, Wistow said he couldn’t offer specifics on his approach since he’d just started on the job as a special counsel for the state Economic Development Corporation.

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