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4:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Block on Sakonnet Tolls, Budget Savings, His GOP Campaign + More

Republican candidate for governor Ken Block joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss the economy, Sakonnet tolls, his view of budget savings, and a host of other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Political Roundtable: Ken Block on Going Republican; His Plan to Save $1B + His Primary With Fung

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Republican candidate for governor Ken Block joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign; why he became a Republican; the fate of the Moderate Party; his plan to save $1 billion over four years; and more.

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Politics
9:41 am
Wed November 6, 2013

New Policy Would Crack Down On Prostitution In Providence

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' wants to implement a one strike policy closing strip clubs that have a single instance of prostitution.
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Providence Mayor Angel Taveras wants to use a one-strike policy to close strip clubs that permit a single instance of prostitution or hiring underage strippers.  This comes after police found that a 14-year-old girl working at Cheaters was soliciting for sex at the club.

Taveras’ spokesman, David Ortiz, says the mayor was disappointed by how the Providence Board of Licenses recently fined Cheaters 5000 dollars and suspended its license for 45 days. Ortiz said Taveras supports using any permissible legal means to keep Cheaters closed.

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8:59 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Woonsocket Residents Vote For Change

Woonsocket City Hall
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In Woonsocket, voters have chosen a new mayor.

They voted by a more than 2-1 margin to elect  State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, ousting incumbent mayor Leo Fontaine.

Baldelli-Hunt will take the reins of a city that severely raised property taxes to avoid bankruptcy.  Like many residents, voter Farid Latash said the city's financial problems are frustrating.

"Big problem with the taxes.  Nobody working.  Nobody got no money.  They keep raising taxes, raising everything.  That's about it," said Latash.

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Politics
3:28 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Election Day In Woonsocket And Central Falls

Monsignor Gadoury Catholic School is one of 11 polling places open today in Woonsocket.
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Woonsocket election officials are expecting about a third of eligible voters to cast ballots in Tuesday’s mayoral election. State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt faces current Mayor Leo Fontaine in the municipal election, which also features races for city council.

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Politics
11:17 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Woonsocket And Central Falls Hold Local Elections

Voters head to the polls in Woonsocket and Central Falls for local elections.
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Tuesday’s Election Day in Woonsocket and Central Falls where a number of municipal offices are up for grabs.

The most hotly contested race is in Woonsocket where Mayor Leo Fontaine is fending off a challenge from State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.  She got three times as many votes as he did in the October 8th primary, turning the Mayor into an underdog.  The two have debated five times in recent weeks.

In addition to the mayoral race, Woonsocket voters will choose seven city councilors from 14 candidates.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Kilmartin on 38 Studios, Deepwater Wind, Gun Violence + More

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss the lawsuit against the 2011 overhaul of the state pension system; fallout from 38 Studios; the merits of wind power; his re-election plans; how to better fight gun violence; and other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Political Roundtable: Kilmartin on Exeter, Gun Legislation + Free Speech at Brown

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Attorney General Peter Kilmartin joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the race for governor; the fate of gun-related legislation in the General Assembly; the cancaled appearance at Brown University involving New York City police commissioner Raymond Kelly, and other issues.

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Politics
8:58 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Six Judicial Candidates Announced For Superior Court Judgeship

A former aide to Lincoln Chaffee is among the six candidates nominated for the open RI Superior Court Judgeship.
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A top aide to Governor Lincoln Chafee and a former counsel for the speaker of the House are among six candidates to become a Superior Court judge.  Interviews of the candidates are tentatively scheduled for early next year.

Those hoping to become a Superior Court judge include Richard Licht, director of the state Department of Administration. The state Ethics Commission recently found Licht isn’t subject to a requirement to spend a year outside government before trying to become a judge

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Politics
8:58 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Moderate Ken Block Jumps To The Republican Pary

A billboard for Ken Block's race for Governor prior to his switch to the Republican party.
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The founder of the Moderate Party of Rhode Island is scrapping that effort to instead run for governor as a Republican. Ken Block got six and a half percent of the vote as a Moderate candidate for governor in 2010.

When he established the Moderate Party in 2008, Block called it a pragmatic and centrist way to improve Rhode Island politics. But Block says he’s realized that third parties aren’t an effective way to make change.

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