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Former GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Block on Monday endorsed Steven Frias, describing Frias as someone who will bring greater change to the Statehouse.

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Rhode Island is among a small number of states that don’t have a gubernatorial line-item veto.Advocates are pressing lawmakers to take up the issue in the next legislative session.

Supporters say the line-item veto brings more accountability to the budget process. They say that’s especially important in Rhode Island, which has a particularly powerful legislature.

The doldrums of (mostly) slow news days are upon us, even with just slightly more than three weeks until Rhode Island's September 13 primary. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, you can share your tips and comments, and follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Don't look now, but it's barely more than 30 days until the state primary election that will help shape the next class of state lawmakers. Meanwhile, debate about 38 Studios has again reached a fever pitch. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Former gubernatorial candidate Ken Block is calling on Governor Gina Raimondo to ask the state Supreme Court for an opinion on the constitutionality of legislative grants.

Happy New Year! Thanks for reading and listening to our work here at RIPR, and best wishes for 2016 -- a time, no doubt, when Rhode Island politics will remain the gift that keeps on giving. As usual, you can share your tips and thoughts via email, and follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Nothing like spring weather to usher in November, but that's going to change, right? Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual your tips and thoughts are welcome via email (along with suggestions for "Coming & Going"), and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Old stories have a way of cycling back into the news in Rhode Island, and this otherwise quiet week was a case in point. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As always, your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Enjoy summer while you can. Happy Friday, and thanks for stopping by. As always, your tips and comments remain welcome via idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Common Cause of Rhode Island executive director John Marion joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the fight for reform after guilty pleas last week by former House speaker Gordon Fox; Governor Gina Raimondo's first budget; and Ken Block's study on the cost of fire services in RI.

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A new study shows that per-capita fire service costs are higher in Rhode Island than other parts of the country.

Research by former Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block indicates a $350 per capita cost for fire services in the Providence area. By comparison, the per capita cost in Dallas is just $173. Phoenix spends about $210 per person.

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Former Republican Gubernatorial candidate Ken Block is making a push for line-item veto power for the Governor. He’s launched a website to drive the issue.

On the new website you can send an email to Governor Raimondo, as well as legislative leaders, voicing your support for the issue.  Block wants the governor to have the power to veto single items from the state budget.  University of Rhode Island Political science professor and commentator Maureen Moakley said the issue is unlikely to gain traction with state lawmakers.

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Former gubernatorial candidate Ken Block says he hopes the state will pursue a more efficient approach to providing fire protection services. Block hopes to finish collecting information by the end of January for his own study

Block said he launched his examination of fire services because of the absence of a comprehensive inventory of information.

“What do we have -- What kinds of different fire protection do we have? How much do we have? How much fire stations do we have? How much gear do we have? How much does it costs us,” asked Block.  

Rhode Island's crop of newly elected officials are starting to staff up as we move toward the Thanksgiving lull later this month. Thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (org) and to follow me on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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National anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist visits Rhode Island Thursday for an event supporting a Constitutional Convention.  Voters will decide in November whether the state should hold the convention.

It’s been 28 years since the last time Rhode Island held a Constitutional Convention. They are formed by a body of delegates that creates proposals then voted on by the public. Bypassing the General Assembly. 

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