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8:26 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Teachers Plan Protest of Raimondo Fundraiser

Raimondo will be holding a fundraiser Thursday, which unionized teachers plan to protest.
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Unionized teachers plan to protest a fundraiser being held to benefit State Treasurer Gina Raimondo this afternoon Thursday.  Providence Mayor Angel Taveras also attracted protestors during a fundraiser earlier this week.

Raimondo is slated to start her day with a speaking appearance sponsored by Brown University’s Office of Women and Medicine in Science. The topic for the talk is: “Making an Impact: How to Think Strategically and Get Results.”

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Politics
8:48 am
Tue September 24, 2013

State Ethics Committee to Investigate Complaint Against House Speaker Gordon Fox

The state Ethics Commission on Tuesday decided to investigate a complaint filed against House Speaker Gordon Fox. The question is whether Fox needed to disclose legal work done for the City of Providence.

Jason Gramitt, a staff attorney for the Ethics Commission, calls the step taken by the commission "preliminary. The commission only looks at the complaint and decides whether or not it should authorize an investigation, and so that's all they've done. They didn't offer any opinion as to whether the complaint is a good complaint or a bad complaint."

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Politics
8:52 am
Fri September 20, 2013

David Caprio Backed By Speaker Fox to Become Next Chair of the RI Democratic Party

Former State Rep David Caprio may become the next chair of the Rhode Island democrats.
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Former state rep David Caprio has House Speaker Gordon Fox’s blessing to become the next chair of the Rhode Island Democratic Party.  Rhode Island Democrats are expected to formally endorse Caprio during an October 3rd state committee meeting in Cranston.  

David Caprio is a member of one of Rhode Island’s most prominent political families. His brother Frank ran for governor in 2010 and hope to win back his old job as state treasurer next year. Their father, also named Frank Caprio, is the chief municipal judge in Providence.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Smiley Says He Has the Experience to be Mayor of Providence

Providence Mayoral candidate Brett Smiley joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his campaign, his qualifications, his background, and other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Political Roundtable: Smiley on Guns, His Campaign for Mayor, Susan Farmer + More

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Brett Smiley, a candidate for mayor of Providence in 2014, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.; his campaign to succeed Angel Taveras; the passing of former secretary of state Susan Farmer; and a new poll showing Taveras leading expected Democratic gubernatorial rival Gina Raimondo.

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Politics
11:24 am
Thu September 19, 2013

New Poll Shows Taveras Edging Out Raimondo In Potential Democratic Primary for Governor

A new poll shows Providence Mayor Angel Taveras edging out State treasurer Gina Raimondo in potential Democratic Governor's primary.
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A new poll commissioned by Angel Taveras’ campaign organization shows Taveras with a significant lead over his expected Democratic primary rival for governor, Gina Raimondo.  The poll sampled 400 likely Democratic primary voters.

The poll by a Washington DC polling firm shows Taveras with a 19-point lead over Raimondo. According to the poll, 49 percent of the respondents want Taveras to be governor, while 30 percent prefer Raimondo. An additional 21 percent of respondents were undecided. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus five percentage points.

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Politics
8:56 am
Thu September 19, 2013

RI Gun Control Task Force Unlikely to Meet January Deadline

A task force on gun control was scheduled to meet with the general assembly and the Governor in January. Members of the task force say they will not meet that deadline.
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A legislative task force created in the last General Assembly session to examine the intersection of gun violence and mental health issues has yet to meet. The panel is unlikely to meet a January deadline for reporting its findings.                                                                                                                                                   

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Politics
4:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

RI Lacks a Plan for Curbing "Crippling Effect" of Persistent Budget Deficits

Rhode Island's budget must be balanced by the end of the legislative session. But projected deficits for the next fiscal year are a constant -- and the long-term outlook is getting worse.
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Every year, when Rhode Island lawmakers start working on a new budget, they face a spending plan mired in red ink. By law, the budget must be balanced by the end of the legislative session, usually in June. But like a boomerang, projected budget deficits zoom back to Smith Hill by the time the new session starts in January. Next year will no different -- Rhode Island already faces the fiscal year starting in July 2014 with an estimated $149 million hole. And the state lacks a plan for overcoming budget deficits that are projected to get far worse with time.

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Politics
5:01 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Rhode Island Remembers Susan Farmer

Susan Farmer was the first woman elected to a state-wide office in Rhode Island when elected as Sec. of State in 1982.
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Former Secretary of State and public television executive Susan Farmer has died after a long fight with cancer.

Farmer became the first woman elected to statewide office when she won an election for secretary of state in 1982. Former Providence Journal political columnist M. Charles Bakst said Farmer was the leader in a wave of GOP women winning political office.

“Republicans led the way in this state. Five of the first six women who were elected to office were Republicans,” said Bakst. “She was a liberal Republican. In her day, that was the thing to be.”

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Raimondo on Education, Campaign Finance, Transparency + More

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q+A to talk about her political future, education policy, campaign finance, transparency in government and other topics.

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