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2:50 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Who is David Vogel, and why is he running against Cicilline and Doherty?

Providence lawyer David Vogel, the independent candidate in the First Congressional District, has mostly gained attention for attracting 8 percent of the vote in a recent Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee poll.

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3:56 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

What RIPEC’s report doesn’t say

So there is yet another tome out dissecting Rhode Island’s economic woes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks about what the big Rhode Island Public Expenditure report didn’t say.

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On Politics
2:01 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Speaker Fox calls Brien’s Hatch Act complaint baseless

The General Assembly has long been populated with public employees — police officers, firefighters, and teachers — so the Hatch Act complaint described by state Representative Jon Brien has no small significance.

Larry Berman, the spokesman for House Speaker Gordon Fox, says the House leadership believes Stephen Casey is on solid ground in rebutting Brien’s complaint.

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1:04 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Casey calls Brien’s Hatch Act complaint without merit

Woonsocket firefighter Stephen Casey, who beat state Representative Jon Brien in the September 11 primary, says he thinks Brien’s charge of a Hatch Act violation is all wet.

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On Politics
12:10 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Brien charges his primary opponent was ineligible due to a Hatch Act violation

Outgoing state Representative Jon Brien, who lost his seat in the September 11 primary to Woonsocket firefighter Stephen Casey, charged today that Casey was ineligible to run to a federal Hatch Act violation. Brien says the violation is based on how Casey is employed by a department that receives federal funding.

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On Politics
2:18 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

State GOP rips group’s endorsements of Democratic professionals over Republican small businessmen

The state Republican Party is unhappy that a group with a self-described mission of supporting “pro-jobs” legislative candidates is backing at least two Democratic professionals over Republican small businessmen.

The New Leaders Project emerged in 2010 with the goal of promoting a more “pro-growth” General Assembly. Yet RI GOP chairman Mark Zaccaria finds fault with two of the group’s current endorsements:

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On Politics
1:22 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Brown survey: Providence voters bullish on Taveras, less so on schools

Brown University’s Taubman Center is out with a new Providence-based survey. Some highlights:

– Mayor Angel Taveras has a 60 percent approval rating in the survey of 425 registered voters, up 10 points from last year, according to Brown. (MoE is just under five percentage points.)

– President Obama’s approval rating in Providence is 68 percent.

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Politics
2:44 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Doherty: I'll fight any cuts to Medicare and Social Security

Republican Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty
Photo by: Ian Donnis

PROVIDENCE, RI – Republican congressional candidate Brendan Doherty held a news conference Monday to say he'll oppose cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Social Security and Medicare are big issues for many of the older voters in the First Congressional District.

Doherty says Medicare and Social Security are as important in his race against Democrat David Cicilline as jobs and the economy.

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On Politics
2:25 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Was Laura Pisaturo’s loss to Michael McCaffrey actually a win for same-sex marriage supporters?

The conventional wisdom holds that the September 11 primary was, at best, a status quo election for supporters of same-sex marriage. Legislative candidates who back the issue fared far better in the House, after all, than the real battlefield of the Senate. And Senate Judiciary Chairman Michael McCaffrey fended off a challenge by Laura Pisaturo, a gay woman, in one of the primary’s most high-profile legislative races.

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Politics
1:49 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

RIPEC: There's no focus on luring business to RI

Photo by: Ian Donnis

PROVIDENCE, RI – A business-backed policy group is recommending a dramatic restructuring of Rhode Island's efforts to improve the economy. The group says that promoting commerce needs to be at the heart of state government.

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