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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.