Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein took under advisement Friday morning a request to release 4000-plus pages of depositions in the state's lawsuit over failed video game company 38 Studios.
Silverstein heard about 90 minutes of competing arguments that releasing the depositions will either serve the public interest or compromise the right to fair trial of at least some of the defendants in the case. It's not clear when he'll decide the request to release the depositions, which was made by the Providence Journal and the House Oversight Committee.
State Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate) joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his fight for the speakership with Nicholas Mattiello and a host of other issues, including guns, ethics, the budget outlook, and more.
State Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate), who made an unsuccessful challenge for the House speakership last month, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the latest developments in the state pension dispute; fallout from changes at the House; a new Brown University poll; whether public dollars should help revitalize the vacant Superman Building; and more.
State Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate), who lost the battle last month to succeed Gordon Fox as House speaker, says he's unsure if members of the faction that backed him will try to increase their numbers by supporting primary challengers this September.
The House Oversight Committee will hold its first meeting Thursday since recently getting a new chairwoman. The new chair has been a sharp critic of paying back bondholders who invested in failed video game company 38 Studios.
After winning his post last month, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello ousted his rival for the speakership, Michael Marcello, from the chairmanship of House Oversight. He replaced Marcello with Representative Karen MacBeth of Cumberland, who sharply criticized last year’s payment to bondholders in 38 Studios.
Governor Lincoln Chafee says he remains hopeful the proposed state pension settlement can be salvaged, possibly by leaving out the police group that was the only one of six in an initial round of voting to reject the deal.
In a move that could send the battle over Rhode Island's 2011 pension overhaul back to court, one of the six plaintiff groups that had to initially sign off on a proposed settlement has voted against the deal.
As a result, Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter has ordered the two sides in the dispute -- the state and a series of public-employee unions -- back to mediation. Taft-Carter is slated to get an update on the talks next Monday, April 14.
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Education activist Aaron Regunberg, one of the founders of the Providence Student Union advocacy group, says he's running for the District 4 state representative seat now held by former House speaker Gordon Fox.
A conservative-leaning think tank says Rhode Island spends more than 220 million dollars each year on what it calls non-essential state services. The Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity says cutting this spending would improve Rhode Island’s economy.