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General Assembly
9:06 am
Wed January 8, 2014

General Assembly Opens For 2014 Legislative Session

The RI General Assembly begins the 2014 legislative session this week.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

House Speaker Gordon Fox welcomed lawmakers back Tuesday by hoping the new legislative session is more civil than the one that stretched into last July.

Debate in the House turned prickly over parts of the budget during the last legislative year. In his opening speech on the first day of the new session, Fox called for a different approach.

“I hope that we strengthen the lines of communication, so hopefully we end this session earlier than last session and end it nice. Welcome back to 2014, let’s get to work," said Fox.

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Politics
4:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Governor Chafee On His Legacy, 38 Studios, Pension Mediation & More

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The new year marks the start of Governor Lincoln Chafee's final year in office. That's because he announced last year he wouldn't seek re-election. The Republican-turned-independent-turned Democrat has faced low public approval ratings since narrowly winning a four-way race for governor in 2010. Yet as part of this wide-ranging interview, Chafee asserts he'll leave a positive legacy for the state.

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On Politics
10:57 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Ready or Not, the General Assembly Is Set to Start Anew

The General Assembly starts action Tuesday afternoon in a year marked by politically complicated issues -- the possible fallout of pension mediation and the rising tab for 38 Studios, for starters -- and a high-profile race for governor.

In case you've missed it, here are some ways to get up to speed on the new legislative session.

My interview with House Speaker Gordon Fox.

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Politics
4:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Paiva Weed On 38 Studios, Sakonnet Tolls + Moving the Needle

Paiva Weed during a news conference last year
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed sat down prior to the start of the new General Assembly session to discuss top issues facing the state, including the economy; the growing cost of paying back investors in 38 Studios, Sakonnet River Bridge tolls, voter ID, and more.

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Pension Overhaul
9:10 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Pension Debate Expected To Return To The General Assembly

State pension overhaul is expected to return to this year's legislative session.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

One of the key issues facing the General Assembly in the new year is the fate of a significant overhaul of the state pension system in 2011.  The new legislative session starts Tuesday.

State officials and public employee unions have held closed-door talks for more than a year in an attempt to settle a lawsuit over the pension overhaul. House Speaker Gordon Fox said he opposes any dramatic changes, because the overhaul alleviated pressure on the state budget.

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Politics
4:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Speaker Fox Previews The Top Issues Facing the General Assembly in 2014

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With the General Assembly set to start its new session Tuesday, House Speaker Gordon Fox sat down to discuss the issues facing the legislature, including the latest budget deficit; fallout from 38 Studios; the possible impact of a settlement over the 2011 overhaul of the state pension system; tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge; and more.

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On Politics
2:22 pm
Sat January 4, 2014

Mini TGIF: 6 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

The 2014 political year kicks off in earnest with the start of a new legislative session Tuesday (and the lingering shadow of the unresolved closed-door pension mediation). Thanks for stopping by for my (slightly delinquent, slightly abbreviated) weekly column. Feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Newberry on the 2014 General Assembly Session + GOP Outlook

House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-Smithfield) joins Bonus Q+A to discuss the upcoming General Assembly session and a variety of other issues, including economic development, the master lever, 38 Studios, the race for governor and more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Political Roundtable: Newberry on Pension Mediation, 38 Studios + The Race for Governor

Newberry on the House floor in 2012.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the possible fate in the General Assembly of the 2011 pension overhaul; continued fallout from the failure of 38 Studios; and the intensifying race for governor.

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On Politics
4:58 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Fox, Paiva Weed Hope to Return as Legislative Leaders in 2015

House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed each say they intend to seek another term at the top of their respective chambers in 2015, provided they win re-election to their legislative seats next November.

In related news, Fox and Paiva Weed sounded different notes on the issue of repaying investors in failed video-game maker 38 Studios. The tab for taxpayers is set to increase in 2014 to $12.5 million dollars, up from $2.5 million in 2013 -- a factor that may resound in legislative elections in the new year.

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