Rhode Island’s General Assembly convenes a new session Tuesday. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why this year’s legislature may sound a lot like last year’s.
By now, most of us have cleared our heads of those New Year’s hangovers. That’s not the case for Rhode Island’s 113 lawmakers.
The 2014 Assembly that convenes tomorrow will resemble nothing so much as the …2013 Assembly. The reason for this is all too evident: As has too often been the case, the Smith Hill Crowd decided not to decide some big, prickly issues last session.
The Political Roundtable crew looks back at the top political stories of the year, including the race governor; the implementation of Obamacare in Rhode Island; the Ocean State's persistently high unemployment; and the emerging legacy of Lincoln Chafee.
The year ended as 2013 began: with Rhode Island's political/media class fixated on the looming race for governor in 2014. At least we're a bit closer now. With that in mind, welcome back to my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and your cordially invited to follow me on the twitters. Let's get to it.
The hours are dwindling to Christmas and the annual shopping frenzy is on. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says we should shop local to support the Rhode Island economy and details what Congress can do to help.
The twinkle of seasonal lights on new fallen snow are everywhere, Christmas shopping is in full blush and youngsters are readying for the annual reading of Clement Clarke Moore’s classic `Twas the Night Before Christmas.’
Rhode Island observed World AIDS Day Monday. This year’s theme is “get to zero.”
Twenty-seven year old Anthony Maselli has been living with HIV for a little over a year. After much deliberation, he decided to go public with his disease and says he has not suffered any repercussions because of it. That’s not to say, however, that it’s an easy disease to live with.
"It’s very stressful sometimes and emotional for me. It took a while for me to be able to look at myself in the mirror and say ‘I’m HIV positive’ without completely breaking down," said Maselli.
Herb DeSimone was a respected Rhode Island Republican politician and lawyer. He died last week after a long and distinguished career in the law and politics, having served as RI Attorney General, in the federal government during Richard Nixon’s administration and twice was the GOP’s standard bearer for governor.
Governor Lincoln Chafee is responding to critics regarding the hot-button holiday tree controversy at the State House.
In a statement, the governor starts by saying, "In 2011, my first year celebrating December in the State House I gave a simple six word instruction to the planners of the annual tree lighting: 'Do what they did last year.' ”
Chafee was criticized in the past for describing the Statehouse Christmas tree as a "holiday tree."
A window into just how relentless campaign fund-raising has become: Democrat Gina Raimondo’s latest email wishing Rhode Islanders a Happy Thanksgiving.
The Internet missive contains a photo of the state treasurer with her husband Andy and children Tommy and Ceci. ``At Thanksgiving…I think about everything we are grateful for. We live in an amazing state with so much potential, we are surrounded by family and friends who care about us, and living up to our Italian traditions, we are preparing and eating way too much food.’’
If you are a aficionado of wine and works of art, you’ll be pleased that beginning Sunday you’ll get a sales tax break. This means that if you purchase win and spirits from a Rhode Island liquor store, you will not have to pay the state’s 7 percent sales tax.
And if you buy original works of art or limited edition art works anywhere in the Ocean State, the 7 percent sales tax is waived.
These tax breaks are the result of action taken by the 2013 General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Lincoln Chafee.