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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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On Politics
2:56 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

TGIF: Rhode Island's 12 Top Unanswered Political Questions for 2014

Your faithful correspondent is breaking from TGIF's usual format this week to gaze ahead into 2014. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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General Assembly
8:40 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Name Placement To Be Determined For Woonsocket Special Election Ballot

The secretary of state’s office will hold a lottery Friday to determine the ballot placement of names for a special primary election in Woonsocket. Four candidates are competing in the January 21st primary for the state rep seat formerly held by state Rep Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.

Baldelli-Hunt resigned her state rep seat after winning election as mayor of Woonsocket last month. The primary election could decide who succeeds Baldelli-Hunt, since the four candidates are all Democrats.

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On Politics
4:48 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

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

The year ended as 2013 began: with Rhode Island's political/media class fixated on the looming race for governor in 2014. At least we're a bit closer now. With that in mind, welcome back to my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and your cordially invited to follow me on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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Finance
9:11 am
Wed December 18, 2013

House Finance Committee Will Meet To Look At Reining In Spending

The house finance committee meets to look at ways to rein in state spending.
Credit RIPR FILE

The House Finance Committee will meet this afternoon to review attempts to rein in spending in different state agencies.

Spending above budgeted amounts has been an issue in some different state departments in recent years. The agencies in question include the state Department of Corrections and the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals.

The heads of those two departments have in the past attributed the higher than expected spending to overtime and other unpredictable expenses.

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On Politics
11:26 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Fox Sounds Cautious Note on Proposed Sales Tax Cut

Advocates of eliminating or cutting Rhode Island's sales tax will make their last stand on December 30, for now at least, before a legislative commission presents its findings and recommendation to Smith Hill leadership. Yet House Speaker Gordon Fox isn't rushing to embrace proponents' argument that reducing the tax would be an economic catalyst.

Fox's spokesman, Larry Berman, says the speaker will carefully review the recommendations from the Special Joint Legislative Commission to Study the Sales Tax Repeal.

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On Politics
4:51 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

TGIF: 13 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

Get ready for the first serious snow of the year, and a storm of a different sorts in Exeter. Welcome back to my weekly column. As always, 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 December 13, 2013

Political Roundtable: Gorbea on Voter ID, Education + Why She's Running for Secretary of State

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Nellie Gorbea joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her campaign; Rhode Island's Voter ID law, the move to create separate councils overseeing K-though-12 and higher education; and the lack of bidders for a study on the impact of not paying back investors in 38 Studios.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Gorbea on Voter Turnout, Lobbyists, Legislative Transparency + More

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Nellie Gorbea joins us on Bonus Q+A to discuss her campaign and various issues facing the office, including voter turnout; voter ID; lobbyist disclosure; and the level of legislative transparency.

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On Politics
3:40 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Gorbea Wants to Repeal Voter ID; de Ramel Favors "Better Balance"

While Secretary of State Ralph Mollis calls Rhode Island's Voter ID law a national model, the two Democrats vying to succeed him, Nellie Gorbea and Guillaume de Ramel, are far less enamored with the law.

Gorbea says she favors repealing Voter ID.

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