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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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On Politics
4:00 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Raimondo says she’ll defend the pension overhaul

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo has offered the following statement in response to lawsuits filed today challenging the state’s pension overhaul:

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On Politics
5:00 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Payday loans, Gina Raimondo, and what they have in common

Although state treasurer Gina Raimondo has criticized payday loans as a “predatory product,” two of her political associates have links with a check-cashing business that has offered payday loans.

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On Politics
4:00 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Lombardi state rep announcement set for Thursday

Longtime former Providence city councilor John Lombardi is set to make formal on Thursday his run for the House seat held by state Representative Michael Tarro (Libby Kimzey is also in the running):

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On Politics
3:00 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Ward says Woonsocket has a strong legal hand to make cuts if talks fail; Brien defends anti-tax stan

Woonsocket City Council President John Ward invokes the example set by Providence in describing how the city might wipe out its deficit if negotiations with unions don’t get the job done.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Bob Watson’s graceful exit from the General Assembly

  State Representative Robert Watson – the sometimes bombastic and always quotable East Greenwich Republican who served for years as the articulate voice of GOP opposition in the House — is leaving the General Assembly after more than two decades.

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On Politics
2:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Rosemary Booth Gallogly rips Woonsocket House delegation; says it ducked “tough decisions”

State Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly has strong words for state Representatives Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, Jon Brien, and Robert Phillips after they failed to back a supplemental tax for cash-strapped Woonsocket in last-minute negotiations in the waning hours of the legislative session:

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On Politics
5:00 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Move to restore Ethics Commission oversight of General Assembly looks dead for 2012

Efforts to give voters the option of restoring oversight of the General Assembly by the state Ethics Commission are going nowhere fast in the close of the legislative session.

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On Politics
5:00 am
Fri June 8, 2012

It’s 3:38 am — do you know where your state budget is?

House Speaker Gordon Fox cut a comfortable figure on the rostrum last night as the chamber made its way through another mind-numbing 12-hour budget debate, adjourning shortly before 4 am with an $8.1 billion spending plan.

When Representative Daniel Gordon invoked Moses (“Let my people go!” Gordon said, in a protest of possible tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge, Fox had a game response. “Should I touch this?” Fox said to rippling laughter from the reps. ”Because, Representative Gordon, if you truly can channel Moses and you can part those seas, we don’t even need the bridges!”

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On Politics
5:00 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Newberry and Valencia debate whether the budget process is a farce

The House is set tomorrow evening to begin considering a $8.1 billion spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1. Reporters will guess just how far the budget vote will extend into the wee hours Friday morning.

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