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Political Roundtable
10:56 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Ruggiero on 38 Studios, the Budget, the Pension Case & More

State Representative Deborah Ruggiero (D-Jamestown) joins Bonus Q+A this week to talk about Governor Lincoln Chafee's latest budget, 38 Studios, pension mediation, and many other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Political Roundtable: Ruggiero on Gun Legislation, Skills Gap & The Race for Governor

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Representative Deborah Ruggiero (D-Jamestown) joins Political Roundtable this week to talk about a legislative panel looking at the link between mental health and firearms; a new state Senate report on the addressing the skills gap; and developments in the race for governor.

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On Politics
4:54 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Welcome back to my weekly column. The political year is quickly gaining momentum, so let's head on in. As always feel welcome to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to follow me on the twitters.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Marion on Transparency, Ethics, Campaign Finance & More

John Marion, executive director of Common Cause of Rhode Island, joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss improved technology in the General Assembly; the impact of super PACs in Rhode Island; the outlook for strengthening the state Ethics Commission; and many other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Political Roundtable: Marion on the General Assembly, DC Gridlock & More

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John Marion, executive director of Common Cause of Rhode Island, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the new legislative session; the battle over extended unemployment benefits; and the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty.

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On Politics
5:27 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

House GOP Announces "Getting to 25" Initiative to Improve RI's Economy

As promised by House Minority Leader Brian Newberry, the six-member House GOP caucus is moving ahead with a 16-point plan, dubbed "Getting to 25," intended to improve Rhode Island's economy.

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On Politics
4:03 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

No Consensus On Tax Hike As Lawmakers Mull Income Inequality

Members of a union-backed coalition call for higher taxes on the wealthy during a 2013 Statehouse rally.
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State legislators are set to focus attention on the issue of growing economic disparity by viewing the Robert Reich documentary "Inequality For All" Wednesday afternoon. Yet there's little consensus on the most controversial way to tackle the issue -- raising the state income tax for upper-income Rhode Islanders.

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General Assembly
9:06 am
Wed January 8, 2014

General Assembly Opens For 2014 Legislative Session

The RI General Assembly begins the 2014 legislative session this week.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

House Speaker Gordon Fox welcomed lawmakers back Tuesday by hoping the new legislative session is more civil than the one that stretched into last July.

Debate in the House turned prickly over parts of the budget during the last legislative year. In his opening speech on the first day of the new session, Fox called for a different approach.

“I hope that we strengthen the lines of communication, so hopefully we end this session earlier than last session and end it nice. Welcome back to 2014, let’s get to work," said Fox.

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Politics
4:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Governor Chafee On His Legacy, 38 Studios, Pension Mediation & More

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The new year marks the start of Governor Lincoln Chafee's final year in office. That's because he announced last year he wouldn't seek re-election. The Republican-turned-independent-turned Democrat has faced low public approval ratings since narrowly winning a four-way race for governor in 2010. Yet as part of this wide-ranging interview, Chafee asserts he'll leave a positive legacy for the state.

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On Politics
10:57 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Ready or Not, the General Assembly Is Set to Start Anew

The General Assembly starts action Tuesday afternoon in a year marked by politically complicated issues -- the possible fallout of pension mediation and the rising tab for 38 Studios, for starters -- and a high-profile race for governor.

In case you've missed it, here are some ways to get up to speed on the new legislative session.

My interview with House Speaker Gordon Fox.

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