Rhode Islanders would be allowed to vote early under a bill introduced in the General Assembly. The bill was introduced at the request of the governor’s office.
Rhode Islanders would be allowed to vote Thursdays and Fridays three weeks before an election, under a bill sponsored by State Representative Deborah Ruggiero. The Jamestown democrat says the long lines we saw during the 2012 presidential election should not be tolerated.
Most Rhode Islanders by now have adopted a my-eyes-glaze over attitude towards a dysfunctional federal government that careens from one self-inflicted crisis to another. The latest is the so-called sequester, the arbitrary cuts in federal spending that loom because Democrats and Republicans in Congress can’t seem to act like grown-ups and figure out how to deal with taxing and spending.
Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday it looks at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.
This week Dave and Mark talk with Kati Machtley, director of the Women’s Summit at Bryant University about the changing themes in leadership and what the speakers of this year’s summit bring to the table.
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You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.
If Rep. Joseph McNamara gets his way, calamari will become the official state appetizer. The stuffie shouldn’t take this personally.
If McNamara’s bill becomes law, then Rhode Island calamari would be listed as the official state appetizer on the state’s website and in promotional material. And the way McNamara sees it that could land the phrase, “Rhode Island calamari” on restaurant menus across the country, giving the state’s biggest catch a little buzz marketing. As for the quahog and the stuffie, McNamara says it’s not personal.
The dream of owning your own home is out of reach to most Rhode Island Latinos, according to a new report published by the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University. Many struggle just to afford an apartment.
There’s more turmoil at the top of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation as two more board members have stepped down.
EDC board members Jack Templin and Cheryl Watkins Snead have tendered their resignations, leaving just seven members on a 13 member board. Templin is quitting halfway through a four year term to focus on his business interests. Watkins Snead is finishing up a three year term.
Remaining EDC board member Karl Wadensten says he’s sad to see them go but sees opportunity in the chance to appoint new members.