Politics

Politics
8:33 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Fate Of Exeter Town Council Recall Vote To Be Decided

The Exeter Board of Canvassers will decide this week on a date for a recall election of four of the town’s five councilors.  The recall was forced by gun rights advocates who opposed the council’s vote to transfer concealed weapons permits applications from the town clerk to the attorney general’s office.  Both sides anticipate an old-fashioned grassroots campaign.

Exeter town council president Arlene Hicks says she’ll fight for her job the way she got it in the first place – by knocking on doors and sending out mailers.

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Politics
10:15 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Reed Hopes Government Shutdown Has Not Caused Lasting Damage

Rhode Island's senior senator Jack Reed hopes lasting damage has not been done by the government shutdown.
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U.S Senator Jack Reed said the deal ending the partial government shutdown in the U.S. is long overdue.

“It should have not been contemplated or undertaken in the first place and now we have to get down to real, serious, principled negotiations.”

He added that he hopes the partial shutdown hasn’t caused lasting harm to relationships formed across the aisle in the senate.

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Politics
4:00 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Tracy Breton: Four Decades of Trying to Uncover The Real Story

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Tracy Breton worked her final day on the job at the Providence Journal last Friday after covering courts and trials for 40 years. Breton was part of the investigative team that won a 1994 Pulitzer Prize for the ProJo, and she covered the downfall of two Rhode Island Supreme Court chief justices, Joseph Bevilacqua and Thomas Fay. Breton sat down to talk about her four decades of covering the courts and her future plans.

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Politics
2:51 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Shutdown Keeps RI National Guard From Columbus Day Parades

The Rhode Island National Guard said it has had to cancel its participation in all of the Columbus Day events. That includes the Columbus Day parade on Federal Hill.

Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Parente said there are 15 events on the calendar for next month, including some for Veteran’s Day. He said if the partial federal shutdown stretches into Veterans Day, the National Guard will do what it can to have a presence.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Political Roundtable: Cromwell on Judicial Selection; the New Brown Poll + More

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Political consultant Cara Cromwell, who has worked for politicians as varied as Bruce Sundlun and John Loughlin, joins us on Political Roundtable this week to discuss Richard Licht's pursuit of a Superior Court judgeship; Frank Caprio's proposal to restore pension COLAs; Lisa Baldelli-Hunt big primary win in Woonsocket; and the new Brown University poll.

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Politics
9:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Brown Poll Shows Raimondo Leading Potential Governor's Race Among

A new Brown University poll shows state Treasurer Gina Raimondo leading Providence Mayor Angel Taveras among likely Democratic primary voters.  Raimondo and Taveras are expected to square off in a gubernatorial primary next September.

Brown pollsters talked with 433 likely Democratic primary voters. In a two-way matchup, 42 percent of respondents say they’d vote for Raimondo, just under 34 percent prefer Taveras, and 24 percent were undecided. That poll has a margin of error of four and a half percentage points.

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Politics
3:51 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Raimondo Reacts to Frank Caprio’s Pension Plan

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo is throwing cold water on a plan advanced by Frank Caprio, the man who wants her job.

Caprio has proposed reducing pension fund investment fees and funneling that money back into cost of living increases for teachers and public employees. Their pensions were frozen in 2011 as part of a package of legislative reforms to shore up the ailing pension system.

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Politics
3:07 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Frank Caprio Announces Bid for Old Job as Rhode Island's Treasurer

Frank Caprio announces his bid for state treasurer at a Federal Hill pizza parlor.
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It’s official. Former state treasurer Frank Caprio is running for his old job. And he’ll be running as a member of his old party.

After disaffiliating from the Democratic Party and toying with the idea of running as a Republican, Frank Caprio has decided to run for his old job as general treasurer as a Democrat.  Announcing his candidacy at a Federal Hill pizzeria, he explained his reasoning.

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Politics
8:50 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Woonsocket to Hold Primary Elections in Mayor's Race

A primary election in Woonsocket Tuesday will narrow the field for mayor and city council before the final winners get decided in November.  Incumbent Mayor Leo Fontaine faces three challengers.

Woonsocket voters will reduce the field of city council candidates from 15 to 14. They’ll also cut in half the four candidates running for mayor.

Fontaine, a Republican, has served as Woonsocket’s mayor since 2009.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Mollis on the Master Lever, His Record as Secretary of State + More

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis joins us on Bonus Q+A to talk about his record after two terms in the job, his qualifications for lieutenant governor and a range of other issues.

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