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4:44 am
Fri June 11, 2010

Chafee, Caprio highlight tax issue at first televised debate for governor

Providence, R.I. – The six major candidates for governor last night squared off during their first televised debate.

Exchanges between independent candidate Lincoln Chafee and Democrat Frank Caprio highlighted the Channel 12 debate. Chafee says his proposed temporary sales tax increase is better than passing on property tax hikes to local taxpayers. He says his proposal would mean 50 cents in tax on a $50 clothing purchase.

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Politics
3:37 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

Debate postponed over Providence lawyer nominated to federal bench

Providence, R.I. – The Senate Judiciary Committee has postponed the debate over a Providence lawyer and activist up for a spot on the federal court in Rhode Island.

John McConnell Jr., who was nominated by President Barack Obama for the position in March, will have to wait until next week for the debate.

The hearing was postponed to give McConnell's opponents more time to discuss his history of leading lawsuits against manufacturers and businesses - a history they say makes him unsuitably partisan for a federal court.

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Politics
1:41 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

General Assembly struggles to finish business before year ends

Providence, R.I. – The state Legislature is trying to wrap up business before adjourning the year.

The General Assembly worked late into the night on Wednesday with the House passing legislation giving the Public Utilities Commission a say in a proposed wind farm.

A House committee also endorsed a bill that would let voters decide on whether to expand the state's two slot parlors into full-scale casinos.

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Politics
1:40 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

First debate tonight for gubernatorial candidates

Providence, R.I. – Six candidates running for governor will meet for their first debate.

Thursday's debate hosted by WPRI-TV will be the first chance for voters to see the candidates go toe-to-toe on issues such as the economy and education.

The candidates include two Democrats - General Treasurer Frank Caprio and Attorney General Patrick Lynch - independent Lincoln Chafee, Moderate Ken Block and Republicans John Robitaille and Victor Moffitt.

They are vying to replace Republican Don Carcieri, who is term limited.

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Politics
1:39 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

Lawmakers consider voter referendum on gambling

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island lawmakers are expecting to take up a measure to let voters decide on expanded gambling.

The House Finance Committee on Wednesday night endorsed a voter referendum on converting the state's two slot parlors into full-blown casinos.

Newport Grand in Newport and Twin River in Lincoln offer video lottery terminals but not the table games found at traditional casinos.

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Politics
4:52 am
Thu June 10, 2010

RI governor signs tax changes into law

Providence, R.I. – In a bill signing ceremony yesterday, Gov. Don Carcieri put his signature on a new law cutting state income taxes for the highest earners. Proponents say the new measure will make the state more competitive.

Gov. Carcieri has been calling for tax cuts since he came into office in 2003, so he was happy to sign the new law.

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Politics
5:59 am
Wed June 9, 2010

Advocates fear fate of RI ethics bill

Advocates for placing the ethics question on the November ballot are seen here. Photo by Ian Donnis.

Providence, R.I. – Good government advocates fear the state Senate may adjourn for the year without acting on a bill to restore the strength of the state ethics commission.

Voters created the state Ethics Commission in 1986 through a constitutional convention to monitor the ethical behavior of public officials. Common Cause Director John Marion says the commission still has an important role to play in Rhode Island.

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Politics
12:44 pm
Tue June 8, 2010

Caprio to formally launch gubernatorial bid

Providence, R.I. – Democrat Frank Caprio is preparing to formally launch his campaign for governor.

The general treasurer says he'll declare his candidacy at a small business forum on Wednesday and will release his jobs plan there.

Attorney General Patrick Lynch, also a Democrat, officially entered the race on Saturday.

Other candidates include Republicans John Robitaille and Victor Moffitt; former Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who is running as an independent, and Ken Block of the nascent Moderate Party.

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Politics
4:48 am
Tue June 8, 2010

RI House committee to vote on casino bill

Providence, R.I. – The House Finance Committee plans to vote today on a bill that would ask voters next November to approve casino gambling in Rhode Island.

Gambling is the state's third-largest source of revenue. So plans to create three resort-style casinos in Massachusetts have added fresh urgency to the casino issue here in Rhode Island - according to Gary Sasse, who used to be the state's revenue director.

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Candidate Conversation
2:51 pm
Thu October 31, 2002

Candidate Conversation - Don Carcieri

Providence, RI –

Don Carcieri's web site

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