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On Politics
2:06 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Too many Guns

The carnage of gun violence has marred summer all across America. RIPR Political analyst Scott MacKay says Rhode Island lawmakers can offer a helping hand.

From the Rocky Mountains to New England’s craggy coast, each week brings another desultory report of  lives cut short by murder. You can’t  flick on a television news spot these days without another incident in the blur of senseless killing.

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On Politics
2:09 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Obama Challenge: GOTV

Political professionals know that every election is decided by who turns out at the polls. It is one of the trite truths of campaigns. Well, guess which presidential campaign wins if more voters show up at polls? According to the Washington Post:

On Politics
1:12 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Gay marriage moves to state ballots

Gay rights advocates have a new arena in which to battle for marriage equality: state ballots.

November‘s general election features same-sex marriage referenda on state ballots in Washington State, Maine, Minnesota and Maryland.

While public opinion on marriage equality has been moving rapidly from con to pro, same-sex marriage has never been approved in the more than 30 state elections in which some incarnation of gay marriage has been up for a vote.

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Politics
7:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Fox thinks that Medina pull back from re-election campaign

RI HOUSE SPEAKER GORDON FOX
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PROVIDENCE, RI – House Speaker Gordon Fox is calling for embattled state Representative Leo Medina to end his re-election campaign.

Fox calls a series of charges against Medina "a very disturbing pattern of conduct."

Medina pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of practicing law without a license. He also faces charges in an embezzlement case.

In a statement, Fox says everyone deserves their day in court. Yet the House Speaker also says it would be appropriate for Medina to suspend his campaign.

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Politics
6:50 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Leo Medina accused of pretending to be a lawyer

RI STATE CAPITAL
PHOTO: RIPR FILE

PROVIDENCE, RI – A Democratic state representative from Providence pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges related to the unauthorized practice of law. This isn't the first brush with the law for Leo Medina.

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On Politics
3:18 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Who’s the next mayor of Providence? 16 names to consider

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo could be headed for a seismic clash in the 2014 Democratic primary for governor. If that happens, who will be in the hunt to suceeed Taveras at City Hall?

To stand a shot, candidates will need to build a strong East Side base while develping crosstown support. Being a solid fundraiser is important, although not necessarily decisive, considering how Taveras was outspent by Steven Costantino in 2010.

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On Politics
3:15 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

See you in a few weeks, dear readers

I’m taking a few weeks off to get married and absorb the shock of no longer being a single man (just kidding, honey).

Scott will keep the blog rolling, and I’ll be back in time for the closing phase of primaries for CD1 and the General Assembly.

On Politics
1:26 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

RI Labor History Society to honor URI’s Molloy

URI professor Scott Molloy, one of the state’s most articulate and knowledgeable voices on labor history, is getting some props:

University of Rhode Island Professor Scott Molloy will be honored by the Rhode Island Labor History Society during its 25th annual awards banquet, Aug. 23.

The event, “A Celebration of Labor Day in Rhode Island,” will be held at the Roger Williams Park Casino in Providence. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Donation is $25 for individuals or $250 for a table of 10.

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On Politics
12:29 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Medina charged with unauthorized practice of law

State Representative Leo Medina, a Providence Democrat, is being formally charged on previous accusations of practicing law without a license. A Supreme Court committee last year referred the case to the attorney general’s office for investigation.

This from the AG’s office:

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