Politics

Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Political Roundtable: Mollis on 2014, Whether RI Needs a LG + the Government Shutdown

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the partial federal government shutdown; his plans for 2014; whether Rhode Island really needs a lieutenant governor; and the Rolling Stone story on pension cuts.

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Breaking
3:17 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

RI Delegation Safe: Lockdown Lifted After Shots Fired on Capitol Hill

Map of Capitol Hill
Credit Architect of the Capitol

Most of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation has confirmed they’re safe after reports of shots fired on Capitol Hill. Congressman David Cicilline says he and his staff hunkered down behind closed doors in his office, a block from the U.S. Capitol Building.

“We were advised through an emergency announcement system to the building that the building was on lockdown," said Cicilline, "and advised to shelter in place and lock doors of your offices and make sure all of your employees are accounted for and remain there in place until further instructions.”

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Politics
10:14 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Legislative Gun Safety Task Force to Meet For the First Time

A legislative task force on gun safety is slated to hold its first meeting this afternoon Thursday at the Statehouse.

Assembling the gun safety task force was one of the few steps taken by the General Assembly in response to the school shooting last year in Newtown, Connecticut. But all the members weren’t named until last month, shortly after media reports that the task force hadn’t yet met.

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Politics
9:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

State Dems Set to Select David Caprio as Chairman

Speaker of the House, Gordon Fox, has already endorsed David Caprio for chair of the State Democrats.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island Democrats plan to make their selection of a new state chairman official this evening Thursday.  Former state rep David Caprio won the backing for the post last month from House Speaker Gordon Fox.

Democrats will hold a state committee meeting this evening to elect Caprio as their new chairman. No other candidates for the volunteer position are expected.

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Politics
8:53 am
Wed October 2, 2013

State Republicans Criticize GOP Gun Raffle

Some Republican lawmakers are criticizing plans by the state GOP to raffle off an assault rifle at a fundraiser this weekend. For $5 contestants can enter a raffle to win an AR-15 assault rifle.

State Senator Dawson Hodgson, a North Kingstown Republican, calls the raffle, “tone deaf and insensitive, at best.”

Hodgson said raffling off an assault rifle doesn’t encourage the kind of dialogue needed to balance public safety and the rights of a free society.

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Politics
10:22 am
Mon September 30, 2013

RI's Congressional Delegation Slams Shutdown

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is roundly criticizing House Republicans  over the budget impasse. Over the weekend Republican lawmakers agreed to continue funding the government beyond midnight Monday provided there’s a one year delay in the implementation of Obamacare; a proposal that’s dead on arrival in the Senate and the White House.

Congressman David Cicilline calls the House Republican caucus strategy the “height of irresponsibility” and he has harsh words for House Speaker John Boehner.

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Politics
1:01 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Sen. Reed: We Have to Pay our Debts, There’s Time for Politics Later

Sen. Jack Reed calls a government shutdown "an expensive, political gamble."
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The federal government is edging closer to a government shutdown. President Barack Obama said he'll veto legislation coming out of the House that delays much of the Affordable Care Act for a year.  Over in the Democratic-run Senate, it has passed legislation preventing the shutdown and leaving Obamacare untouched. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Rhode Island’s senior senator Jack Reed to talk about what could be done to avoid a shutdown.

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Politics
10:40 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Reed Warns Against Government Shutdown

Senior Senator Jack Reed, is fighting proposals to shut down the government, if a budget approval cannot be reached.
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Senator Jack Reed took to the Senate floor Thursday to make an impassioned speech against shutting down the government. That’s a strategy backed by  House Republicans as a way of defunding Obamacare.  Rhode Island’s senior senator called a potential shutdown “unfortunate and inappropriate.”

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Politics
9:08 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Dawson Hodgson

North Kingston State Senator, Dawson Hodgson talked with Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Team about issues facing the state, and his potential run for Attorney General.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Political Roundtable: Hodgson Mulling Run for Attorney General Next Year

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Senator Dawson Hodgson (R-North Kingstown) joins the Political Roundtable to discuss an ethics complaint against House Speaker Gordon Fox; Hodgson's interest in running for attorney general in 2014; debate about federal cuts in food programs; and the latest on Deepwater Wind.

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