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Politics
6:18 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Chafee Set To Announce Presidential Run

Former Governor Lincoln Chafee announced the launch of an exploratory presidential committee with a video in April.
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Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee plans to make it official next week: he's running for president.

Chafee's campaign confirmed Friday that he will officially launch his bid for the democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday. The announcement is expected during a speech at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.

After forming an exploratory committee in April, Chafee has visited some early primary states, including New Hampshire. He often criticizes democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for her Senate vote in support of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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Politics
8:48 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Candidates Owe More Than $2M In Fines To RI Board Of Elections

Candidates who’ve run for office owe a total of more than $2 million in fines to the state Board of Elections for past-due campaign reports. The board collected about $43,000 in fines last year.

Former South Kingstown State Senator Patrick McDonald owes the most – nearly $214,000 -- in the Board of Election’s newly posted list of outstanding fines. The outlook for collecting that money is considered bleak as McDonald is currently serving prison time for embezzlement.

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RI News
3:20 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Broadcasters Ask Judge To Lift Gag Order In Pension Case

Saying the gag order interferes with news organizations' efforts to inform the public, the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association has called on Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter to lift the order.

The gag order prevents parties to the pension lawsuit from discussing details of a proposed settlement, which is already being voted on by union members and retirees.

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RI News
8:58 am
Wed March 25, 2015

New Legislation Could Up Cigarette Purchase Age To 21

Rhode Island's current purchase age for cigarettes is 18. That could go up to 21 under proposed legislation.
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Lawmakers will consider legislation today that would up the legal age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products. Rhode Islanders can currently start buying cigarettes at age 18. 

The new legislation would bar people under the age of 21 from buying cigarettes, or any other tobacco related products.  That includes cigars, chewing tobacco, and the increasingly popular e-cigarettes.

The House Committee on health, education and welfare is taking up the bill.

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On Politics
10:38 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Raimondo Unveils $8.6 Billion "Jobs" Budget; Assumptions Include $90M in Medicaid Savings

Raimondo makes her way to the House rostrum before delivering her budget address.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo on Thursday touted her $8.6 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 as a plan that will begin the rejuvenation of Rhode Island's economy.

At the same time, some parts of the spending plan rely on uncertainties, including $46 million in unspecified Medicaid savings and the wiping out of millions of dollars in un-budgeted pay hikes promised to state employees during the Chafee administration.

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