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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Political Roundtable: Marion On The Fight For Reform, Quasi-Publics & Raimondo's Budget

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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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RI News
7:41 am
Wed March 11, 2015

New Report Finds Fire Service Costs Substantially Higher In The Ocean State

Former Gubernatorial candidate Ken Block has unveiled a new good government group, Watchdog 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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Politics
4:30 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Ken Block Launches Online Push For Line-Item Veto In RI

Rhode Island is one of only a few state that does not grant line-item veto power to its governor.
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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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RI News
8:42 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Ken Block Continues Independent Examination Of State Fire Services

Ken Block estimates a patchwork of fire services and districts cost $300 million dollars statewide.
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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.  

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On Politics
4:15 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

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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Politics
8:09 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Grover Norquist Joins Ken Block In Support Of Constitutional Convention

The Constitutional Convention allows delegates from municipalities across the state to create legislation to be voted on without the General Assembly.
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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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Politics
3:40 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

GOP Rivals In RI Governor’s Race Show Unity

Bitter rivals in the primary, Ken Block and Allan Fung hug at a press conference where Block endorsed Fung's run for governor.
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Rivals in the heated Republican primary for governor, Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, hugged in front of the media Monday and vowed to work together to get a Republican in the governor’s office.

They attacked each other in debates and television ads, but at a press conference at the Statehouse Fung and Block hugged, saying they share a belief in reduced spending and more oversight of the General Assembly. Block said the two are now united going into the November election.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Political Roundtable: Fung on Running for Governor & Providence's Mayoral Race

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his win over Ken Block last week; his general election race against Gina Raimondo; Moderate Party candidate Robert Healey's place on the ballot; and the race for mayor of Providence.

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On Politics
12:08 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld Endorses Fung

Allan Fung at the announcement of his run for Governor. He recently scored the endorsement of former MA governor Bill Weld.
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During a contentious televised debate last Tuesday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block said he would mold his administration after William Weld, the former Republican Massachusetts governor.

At the same debate, which was held at the Providence Performing Arts Center and broadcast by WPRI-Channel 12, , Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said he would follow the example of former Rhode Island Republican Gov. Lincoln Almond, who,   like Weld, was a quintessential  New England GOP moderate.

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On Politics
4:38 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Four days until primary day in Rhode Island, and then a sprint to the November 4 general election. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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