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On Politics
4:01 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Reports of Rep Ajello's Legislative Demise Greatly Exaggerated, She Says

Ajello (left) speaking to Christopher Young during a committee vote on same-sex marriage
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

In an unusual move, the RI House of Representatives has sent out a news release stating that House Judiciary Chairwoman Edith Ajello (D-Providence) plans to seek re-election next year.

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On Politics
6:04 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Taveras Names Maryellen Goodwin Acting Deputy Chief of Staff

Providence mayor Angel Taveras is currently running for Governor.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has named Maryellen Goodwin, majority whip in the Rhode Island Senate and the chief clerk in the city's Department of Planning & Development, as his acting deputy chief of staff.

The news, relayed in a message to staffers, comes on the heels of plans for the departure of Arianne Lynch as deputy chief of staff and the exit of deputy city solicitor Matt Jerzyk.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Mollis on the Master Lever, His Record as Secretary of State + More

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis joins us on Bonus Q+A to talk about his record after two terms in the job, his qualifications for lieutenant governor and a range of other issues.

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On Politics
9:05 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

David Caprio Wins Dem Chairmanship, Takes Aim at Republicans

David Caprio (right) chats with Frank Anzeveno, chief of staff for House Speaker Gordon Fox
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

David Caprio warmed to the task of scorning Republicans following his unanimous election Thursday night as the new chairman of the Rhode Island Democratic Party. Speaking before a few hundred party insiders at the Portuguese Club in Cranston, he offered a series of comparison-contrast points to highlight how, as he described it, Democrats remain the party of working families.

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Politics
10:14 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Legislative Gun Safety Task Force to Meet For the First Time

A legislative task force on gun safety is slated to hold its first meeting this afternoon Thursday at the Statehouse.

Assembling the gun safety task force was one of the few steps taken by the General Assembly in response to the school shooting last year in Newtown, Connecticut. But all the members weren’t named until last month, shortly after media reports that the task force hadn’t yet met.

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Politics
9:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

State Dems Set to Select David Caprio as Chairman

Speaker of the House, Gordon Fox, has already endorsed David Caprio for chair of the State Democrats.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island Democrats plan to make their selection of a new state chairman official this evening Thursday.  Former state rep David Caprio won the backing for the post last month from House Speaker Gordon Fox.

Democrats will hold a state committee meeting this evening to elect Caprio as their new chairman. No other candidates for the volunteer position are expected.

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On Politics
5:47 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

TGIF: 10 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media

Welcome back to my Friday column. Feel free to send me tips and thoughts to idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. You can follow me through the week via Twitter. As always, thanks for stopping by.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Political Roundtable: Hodgson Mulling Run for Attorney General Next Year

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Senator Dawson Hodgson (R-North Kingstown) joins the Political Roundtable to discuss an ethics complaint against House Speaker Gordon Fox; Hodgson's interest in running for attorney general in 2014; debate about federal cuts in food programs; and the latest on Deepwater Wind.

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On Politics
4:09 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Ethics Commission Backs Investigating Complaint Against Speaker Fox

Back in 2007, Gordon Fox said he didn't think his public office had been beneficial to his private law practice. The statement has some unintentional irony in the present, considering how Fox faces a state Ethics Commission investigation for not disclosing legal work done from 2005 to 2009 for the Providence Economic Development Partnership.

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On Politics
5:12 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

RI GOP Trying to Cultivate Female Candidates

There's a big gender gap for Republican women in the General Assembly; of 113 legislative seats, there are only two GOP female lawmakers: Patricia Morgan and Doreen Costa. By comparison, there are 28 female Democrats between the House and Senate.

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