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Politics
8:59 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Government Watchdog Group Weighs In On Unregistered Lobbying

Common Cause of Rhode Island director John Marion
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A local government watchdog group thinks stiffer penalties are needed to discourage the practice of unregulated lobbying.   

The Associated Press reported this week that former Attorney General Patrick Lynch has lobbied his former office several times without registering as a lobbyist. Lynch told the AP his actions didn’t amount to lobbying.

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Politics
7:40 am
Wed November 19, 2014

"Depoliticize" Judicial Nominating Process Says Former Good Government Leader

Rhode Island Superior Court building
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A former government watchdog says governors and state legislators have weakened efforts meant to depoliticize the selection of judges.

The Judicial Nominating Commission was created 20 years ago to try to lessen the General Assembly’s influence on picking judges. The JNC is supposed to choose 3 to 5 highly qualified candidates, and the legislature is expected to act quickly once a governor picks a judge. But former Common Cause head Phil West said governors and lawmakers have fouled up the process.

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Politics
4:00 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Phil West On Two Decades Of "Secrets & Scandals" In Rhode Island

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H. Philip West Jr. served as the executive director of Common Cause of Rhode Island for almost 20 years before stepping down in 2006. His tenure coincided with corruption in Governor Edward DiPrete’s administration, the state banking crisis, and high-profile battles over the Ethics Commission. West has turned his two decades observing Ocean State politics into a 684-page book called “Secrets and Scandals.” Rhode Island Public Radio Reporter Ian Donnis sat down with West to discuss the book and how much Rhode Island has changed.

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Providence
9:28 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Providence Mayor-Elect Elorza To Host Series Of Community Forums

Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza has already begun laying out his transition team, and will begin a series of community forums in the city.
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The mayor-elect of Providence, Jorge Elorza, has scheduled a series of forums to hear from city residents.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Hodgson on Rebuilding the Rhode Island Republican Party

Republican Dawson Hodgson, who lost last week's race for attorney general to Democratic incumbent Peter Kilmartin, joins Bonus Q&A to talk about his campaign and efforts to rebuild the GOP.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Political Roundtable: Hodgson on His AG Run, Budget Outlook, HealthSourceRI & More

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State Senator Dawson Hodgson (R-North Kingstown), the Republican candidate for attorney general in last week's election, joins Political Roundtable to talk about what went wrong; the outlook on the state budget; the transitions for the state's new elected officials; and more.

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Politics
3:54 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

About 44 Percent of Registered Voters Took Part in RI's Election

Fewer than half of eligible Rhode Island voters participated in Tuesday’s statewide election, and the state's next secretary of state says she's going to try to increase that percentage.

The latest tally by the state Board of Elections shows that 44 percent percent of registered voters cast a ballot on Tuesday. Secretary of State-elect Nellie Gorbea says she’s not satisfied with that kind of turnout and wants to get more people involved in state government.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Political Roundtable: Elorza On Post-Election Providence, Raimondo's Win & More

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Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza joins Political Roundtable to discuss his victory in this week's election and what it means for Rhode Island's capital city; the win for governor by Democrat Gina Raimondo over Republican Allan Fung; the continued electoral success of Rhode Island Democrats; and the defeat at the polls for a constitutional convention.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Elorza On Taxes, Schools, Development, the Deficit & More

Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q+A to talk about a host of issues facing the city, including taxes, schools, the structural deficit, relations with the City Council, and developing the former I-195 land.

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Rhody Votes 2014
3:58 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Allan Fung: I’m Proud Of My Campaign

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung giving his concession speech on election night.
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Allan Fung said despite losing his bid for governor, he’s proud of the race he ran. Fung’s democratic rival Gina Raimondo won the race with just 40 percent of the vote. Fung said maybe it’s time for runoff elections.

"The moose was on the loose," is how Fung describes the 22 percent gleaned by Moderate Party candidate Bob Healey, referring to Healey’s days as the cool moose candidate.  Fung’s main opponent, Gina Raimondo, is the second consecutive governor elected with less than 50 percent of the vote.

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