Providence, R.I. – Governor Don Carcieri has vetoed a bill establishing the post of Historian Laureate of Rhode Island.
He claimed that the criteria for appointment are inadequate, that the title is unnecessary and that the position puts too much value on one historian's perspective to the exclusion of others.
He also said that the governor, and not the Secretary of State, should have the power to choose who fills the post. He released a statement yesterday urging Rhode Island's representatives to support his veto.
Providence, R.I. – Businessman and philanthropist Anthony Gemma this morning announced his Democratic campaign for the congressional seat held by Patrick Kennedy.
Gemma told supporters at a Providence Place movie theater that he wants to involve more people in shaping government decisions. He says Rhode Island's top state and federal officials should also hold "board" meetings to work together on major issues.
Providence, R.I. – Last week, Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri signed into law an overhaul of the state's income tax system. At the signing ceremony, the Republican Governor was joined and cheered by Democratic General Assembly leaders. But WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay says many Rhode Islanders might not be cheering about the new law when they pay their taxes next year.
Providence, R.I. – The six major candidates for governor last night squared off during their first televised debate.
Exchanges between independent candidate Lincoln Chafee and Democrat Frank Caprio highlighted the Channel 12 debate. Chafee says his proposed temporary sales tax increase is better than passing on property tax hikes to local taxpayers. He says his proposal would mean 50 cents in tax on a $50 clothing purchase.
Providence, R.I. – The Senate Judiciary Committee has postponed the debate over a Providence lawyer and activist up for a spot on the federal court in Rhode Island.
John McConnell Jr., who was nominated by President Barack Obama for the position in March, will have to wait until next week for the debate.
The hearing was postponed to give McConnell's opponents more time to discuss his history of leading lawsuits against manufacturers and businesses - a history they say makes him unsuitably partisan for a federal court.
Providence, R.I. – Six candidates running for governor will meet for their first debate.
Thursday's debate hosted by WPRI-TV will be the first chance for voters to see the candidates go toe-to-toe on issues such as the economy and education.
The candidates include two Democrats - General Treasurer Frank Caprio and Attorney General Patrick Lynch - independent Lincoln Chafee, Moderate Ken Block and Republicans John Robitaille and Victor Moffitt.
They are vying to replace Republican Don Carcieri, who is term limited.
Providence, R.I. – In a bill signing ceremony yesterday, Gov. Don Carcieri put his signature on a new law cutting state income taxes for the highest earners. Proponents say the new measure will make the state more competitive.
Gov. Carcieri has been calling for tax cuts since he came into office in 2003, so he was happy to sign the new law.