Politics

Pension Overhaul
12:49 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Pension Settlement Appears To Be Back On Track After Snag

A settlement in the state Pension lawsuit appears be back on track after a delay in an announcement earlier in the week.
Credit RIPR FILE

A settlement that could end a legal dispute over the 2011 overhaul of the state pension system is expected to be unveiled Friday. The deal appears back on track after hitting a snag earlier this week.

The federal mediation service that has overseen more than a year of closed-door pension talks is set to hold a news conference (4:15 pm) at a state building near the Statehouse. The subject is expected to be a proposed settlement between the state and a series of public-employee unions.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Pell on the Economy, Taxes, Education, Campaign Finance & More

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell joins the Bonus Q+A to talk about jobs, education, Obamacare, campaign finance and many other issues related to Campaign 2014.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Political Roundtable: Pell on the Pension Dispute, His Campaign for Governor & More

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the dispute over the state pension overhaul of 2011; his campaign for governor; the new Providence Journal-WPRI poll; and more.

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Economy
9:23 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Pension Settlement Unveiling Delayed

An announcement of the pension settlement has been delayed.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The details of a settlement that could end a legal challenge to a 2011 overhaul of the state pension system were expected to be unveiled Wednesday. But that announcement has been delayed indefinitely. 

Yet even when details are made public, what will happen next remains unclear.

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Providence
8:28 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Providence Mayor Taveras Says The City Is Better Off Than When He Took Over

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras shakes hands at his final state of the city address.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras used his final State of the City address to say Rhode Island’s capital is in better condition than when he took office in 2011.  Taveras is part of a three-way Democratic field for governor.

Taveras says a small surplus has replaced the 110 million dollar deficit he inherited upon taking office. He says his administration has bolstered startups, improved graduation rates, and cut the waiting term for permits from City Hall. Taveras called that a decided improvement after he inherited a city facing possible bankruptcy.

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Politics
1:06 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Dem’s In RI Governor’s Racing Hammering Out A People’s Pledge

Campaign managers of the three main democrats running for governor met Monday to start hammering out a pledge to limit outside spending in the race. John Marion, president of the good government group, Common Cause, facilitated the two-hour meeting.

The so-called People’s Pledge made headlines in the Massachusetts senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren. In that race the candidates agreed to discourage outside spending on TV, radio and the internet, but not direct mail.

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Politics
2:04 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Gun-Rights Supporters Out Spent in Exeter Recall

Town Clerk's office in Exeter.
Credit Wikimedia Commons / RIPR

Campaign finance records show that gun-rights supporters were outspent during the recall of four Exeter town council members back in December.

Back in December there was a special election to recall four Exeter town council members for their support of a move to take gun permitting out of the hands of the town clerk and let the attorney general’s office do the permitting.  

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Politics
1:35 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Watch Continues on Possible Settlement in Pension Case

Speculation continues about whether a settlement will emerge from closed-door pension mediation as soon as next week.

The head of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, Daniel Beardsley, is worried that a settlement could hike pension costs for communities by more than $100 million. The league outlines its concerns in a new white paper. But as Beardsley says, it remains unclear if the General Assembly will be receptive to approving a settlement.

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Governor's Race
10:04 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Local Republican Calls On Rhode Islanders To Consider GOP Gubenatorial Candidates

A leading Rhode Island Republican is calling on GOP voters to keep an open mind about their two choices in this year’s primary.

By using his Facebook page, former gubernatorial candidate John Robitaille is urging GOP voters to focus on deciding whether Allan Fung or Ken Block has the best plan for moving Rhode Island forward. He says the candidates’ courage and personal authenticity are more important than internal politics within the state Republican Party.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Adrain on Providence's Economy, Schools, and his Campaign for Mayor

Providence mayoral candidate Lorne Adrain joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss education, the economy, and a host of other issues related to the race for City Hall.

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