Politics

Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Shekarchi on Raimondo, the PawSox, his Political Future & More

State Representative Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick) joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the way forward for Governor Gina Raimondo; the outlook on the state pension case and the PawSox; why he has such a large campaign war chest; and more.

Read more
Politics
9:49 am
Thu February 12, 2015

RI Congressional Delegation Offers Lukewarm Support For Military Action Against ISIS

Senator Jack Reed is the ranking democrat in the Senate Armed Services Committee. He says Congress must "refine" the President's proposal for military action against ISIS.
Credit RIPR FILE

Rhode Island’s U.S. Senators are offering lukewarm support of President Barack Obama’s request to use military force against Islamic State militants. The President has asked for military action, unbounded by national borders that could last up to three years.

Senator Jack Reed, the ranking Democrat in the Senate Armed Services Committee said President Obama’s plan for military intervention is overdue.  In a statement he calls the plan, a thoughtful proposal, but said Congress must  “refine” the President’s request. 

Read more
Politics
4:20 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Almeida: I Maintain My Innocence

State Representative Joseph Almeida put out a brief statement Wednesday in response to charges he illegally pocketed campaign funds for personal use.

The Providence democrat maintained his innocence, indicating he has no intention of stepping down from his house seat.

"As I move forward, my focus will be on representing the hard-working people of my district." Almeida said. "I respect the legal process and I maintain my innocence as this matter is adjudicated in court."

Read more
Politics
10:20 am
Mon February 9, 2015

URI Professor Reflects On Trip To Cuba Following U.S. Diplomatic Breakthrough

The Cuban countryside
Maureen Moakley

On the heels of President Barack Obama’s announcement to restore diplomacy with Cuba, University of Rhode Island professor Maureen Moakley took a group of students to Havana to see first-hand the political and social changes 50 years after the Cuban revolution. A regular contributor to our Political Roundtable Moakley spoke spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@ripr.org

Read more
Politics
8:39 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Sen. Reed Calls On Obama Administration To Provide Military Aid To Ukrain

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed is calling for the U.S. to send military aid to Ukraine as the country continues to fight Russian-backed separatists.
Credit RIPR FILE

U.S. Senator Jack Reed is calling for additional military assistance to help the Ukrainian government as fighting worsens with Russian-backed separatists. Reed is the ranking Democrat of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Reed and Armed Services Committee Chair Senator John McCain, are asking the Obama administration to commit to aid in the form of defensive weaponry.  That includes things like anti-tank weapons, and rocket locating radar systems. 

Read more
Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Paolino on Providence Development, Tax Deals & the Superman Building

Developer and former Providence mayor Joseph Paolino joins Bonus Q&A to discuss snow removal; how Providence can cultivate more tax revenue; what's next for the Superman Building; and more.

Read more
Politics
9:26 am
Thu February 5, 2015

RI Lawmakers To Take Up Latest Min. Wage Increase

If fully approved, legislation could hike RI's minimum wage to $10.10/hour.
Credit RIPR FILE

A bill that would increase Rhode Island's minimum wage is set to go before the House Labor Committee Thursday.  The bill would push the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

Read more
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.
Credit RIPR FILE

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.

Read more
Politics
9:23 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Elizabeth Roberts Clears First Hurdle Towards Health And Human Services Confirmation

Elizabeth Roberts at an initial confirmation hear for state Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo’s choice to lead the state Health and Human Services secretariat cleared her first hurdle to confirmation Tuesday. Governor Gina Raimondo has asked her, in part, to contain the cost of subsidized healthcare for the poor.

“I do not underestimate the challenge that I’m being asked to take on. I’ve already seen in my first three and a half weeks, when I’ve been privileged to serve before I was approved, how many varieties of challenge I’ve inherited,” said Roberts.

Read more
Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Avedisian on Aid for Cities & Towns, RIPTA, Taxes & More

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his expectations for Governor Gina Raimondo's first budget, the outlook for RIPTA, his political future, and much more.

Read more

Pages