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6:57 am
Tue October 26, 2010

President walks into political controversy in RI

President Obama speaks during a visit to a Woonsocket factory on Monday. Photo by Louis Oppenheimer.

PROVIDENCE, R.l. – The emphasis was on politics not policy as President Obama campaigned in Rhode Island for Democratic congressional candidate David Cicilline on Monday.

It was the president as campaigner and chief who swooped into Rhode Island yesterday to boost Cicilline's congressional campaign and raise about a half-million dollars for the Democratic Party's campaign to retain control of the U.S. House.

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7:06 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Obama makes first presidential visit to RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Today's due to be a big day for politics in Rhode Island, as President Obama and two high profile Republicans visit the state.

President Obama is scheduled to visit a Woonsocket factory, then fundraise for Democratic Congressional candidate and Providence Mayor David Cicilline as well as other candidates.

Cicilline's Republican rival, John Loughlin, will get some help from Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, who will attend a fundraiser luncheon and campaign with Loughlin.

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7:17 am
Thu October 21, 2010

Activists endorse prisoner rights agenda

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Civil rights activists met in Providence last night to endorse a package of bills they hope the General Assembly will embrace next year.

One bill would outlaw the shackling of pregnant prisoners during transport. Bruce Reilly of the prisoner advocacy group DARE says women are transported to court and doctor's offices without seat belts or airbags.

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6:32 pm
Wed October 20, 2010

Ethics Commission finds probable cause in Central Falls case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Ethics Commission says there's probable cause that Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau violated Rhode Island's code of ethics when he accepted a heating furnace from a city contractor.

Moreau got a discount on the furnace from Michael Bouthilette while the contractor was boarding up abandoned homes for the city of Central Falls. Bouthilette was also one of Moreau's campaign contributors.

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5:42 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Roberts acknowledges unpaid taxes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts' campaign committee did not pay federal taxes for two years and has filed amended returns to reflect it owes about $300 in taxes.

Dan Meuse, a spokesman for the Democrat seeking a second term, told The Associated Press he sent the returns Monday for about $2,200 of interest income in 2008 and 2009. The campaign reviewed its records after an AP inquiry.

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5:37 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Chafee, Caprio trade charges

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The two gubernatorial frontrunners, independent Lincoln Chafee and Democrat Frank Caprio, traded charges Monday over which of them would be more fiscally responsible.

Caprio has repeatedly criticized Chafee's proposal to add a one percent sales tax on currently exempt items. During a Providence news conference, Chafee says that's hypocritical since Caprio backed a series of tax and fee increases during his long legislative career.

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8:12 am
Fri October 15, 2010

Candidates square off at debate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The four candidates running for governor all said they would not take the words "and Providence Plantation" out of the state's official name. The question was posed Thursday night at a debate at Brown University.

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6:54 am
Fri October 15, 2010

Kevin McKenna makes his pitch for attorney general

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – All this week, WRNI Political Analyst Scott MacKay is talking with the candidates in Rhode Island's attorney general race. We continue today with Independent candidate Kevin McKenna.

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5:33 am
Thu September 30, 2010

Caprio proposes cut in number of state departments

Frank Caprio, left, is seen at the Wednesday news conference. Photo by Louis Oppenheimer.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio says he wants to cut spending by reducing the number of departments in state government.

But during a news conference Wednesday, Caprio declined to say which departments he would cut, or what other specific steps he would take to save money.

"You've got to look at what the plan and the vision is," Caprio says. "I'm not laying out today all the X, Ys, and Zs of it, because we're not there yet."

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8:04 am
Tue September 28, 2010

Segal takes job with progressive action committee

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State Rep. David Segal has taken a job at a new national progressive political action committee after losing the Democratic nomination to succeed Rhode Island's Patrick Kennedy in Congress.

Segal on Monday says he's joined Demand Progress, which launched last week. It was started by Aaron Swartz, who co-founded news filtering service Reddit.

Segal lost a four-way primary to Providence Mayor David Cicilline this month.

The PAC is based in Cambridge, Mass., but Segal says he plans to stay in Rhode Island.

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