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11:14 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Ajello, Tsiongas Endorse Regunberg for State Rep

Aaron Regunberg, a candidate for the state representative seat being vacated by former House speaker Goron Fox, has won the endorsement of Representative Edith Ajello and former rep Nick Tsiongas.

Ajello, who lost her post as chair of the House Judiciary Committee after Nicholas Mattiello won the fight to succeed Fox as speaker, is a liberal favorite on Providence's East Side. Tsiongas formerly represented the East Side's Mount Hope and Summit neighborhoods.

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On Politics
2:01 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Mediation Over; Pension Dispute Headed to Trial in September

Rhode Island's multi-billion dollar pension dispute appears headed to a September 15 trial date in Superior Court after a breakdown in attempts to resolve the conflict through mediation.

Each side blamed the other for the impasse following more than a year of talks.

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On Politics
12:20 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Judge Considers Request to Release 4000+ Pages of 38 Studios Depositions

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.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Marcello on Ethics, Mattiello's Speakership, Guns & More

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.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Political Roundtable: Marcello on the Pension Dispute, Speaker Fight, Brown Poll & More

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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.

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On Politics
4:46 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Marcello On Fallout From the Speaker Fight

Marcello (right) during the speaker vote on March 25.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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.

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General Assembly
8:46 am
Thu April 10, 2014

House Oversight Committee Meets For First Time With New Leadership

The House Oversight Committee meets for the first time since its leadership change.
Credit Don Boorman / RIPR

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.

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On Politics
12:26 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Chafee Says He's Still Hopeful on Pension Settlement

Chafee announcing the proposed pension settlement on February 14.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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.

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On Politics
12:53 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Pension Settlement in Doubt For Now; Taft-Carter Orders Both Sides Back to Mediation

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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On Politics
4:51 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

TGIF: 14 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Happy April, happy opening week of baseball, and thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As always, your tips and feedback are always welcome, and you can follow me through the week via the twitters. Let's head in.

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