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8:48 am
Tue September 24, 2013

State Ethics Committee to Investigate Complaint Against House Speaker Gordon Fox

The state Ethics Commission on Tuesday decided to investigate a complaint filed against House Speaker Gordon Fox. The question is whether Fox needed to disclose legal work done for the City of Providence.

Jason Gramitt, a staff attorney for the Ethics Commission, calls the step taken by the commission "preliminary. The commission only looks at the complaint and decides whether or not it should authorize an investigation, and so that's all they've done. They didn't offer any opinion as to whether the complaint is a good complaint or a bad complaint."

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:43 am
Mon September 23, 2013

The Harsh Realities of Rhode Island's Economy

Jump starting Rhode Island's economy will take more than the typical statehouse spin.
Credit RIPR FILE

Rhode Island’s politicians are talking about the economy again. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay warns of a campaign cliché voters ought to view with skepticism

As predictable as the turning of autumn leaves, Rhode Island’s political campaigns will once again be filled with talk about creating jobs and jump-starting our stalled economy. Expect to hear the ancient Ocean State chestnut from the pols who’ll say, the biggest economic fear of Rhode Islanders is that their children can’t stay in our state because there aren’t enough jobs.

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Theater Reviews
2:27 am
Mon September 23, 2013

The Gamm’s Season Opener is a Clunker

Credit Peter Goldberg / The Gamm TheatreCasey Seymour Kim and Alexander Platt in "Far Away" by Caryl Churchill, directed by Tony Estrella.Edit | Remove

For decades, English playwright Caryl Churchill has been accorded Goddess stature in the upper reaches of play writing circles. Fiercely political, strongly on the left, Churchill made her mark with plays of attitude and insight.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Smiley Says He Has the Experience to be Mayor of Providence

Providence Mayoral candidate Brett Smiley joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his campaign, his qualifications, his background, and other issues.

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Politics
4:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

RI Lacks a Plan for Curbing "Crippling Effect" of Persistent Budget Deficits

Rhode Island's budget must be balanced by the end of the legislative session. But projected deficits for the next fiscal year are a constant -- and the long-term outlook is getting worse.
Credit RIPR

Every year, when Rhode Island lawmakers start working on a new budget, they face a spending plan mired in red ink. By law, the budget must be balanced by the end of the legislative session, usually in June. But like a boomerang, projected budget deficits zoom back to Smith Hill by the time the new session starts in January. Next year will no different -- Rhode Island already faces the fiscal year starting in July 2014 with an estimated $149 million hole. And the state lacks a plan for overcoming budget deficits that are projected to get far worse with time.

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Theater Reviews
2:42 am
Wed September 18, 2013

2nd Story Theatre’s “Lobby Hero” is a Tough, Snappy Play

Valerie Westgate as Dawn and Jeff Church as Jeff in 2nd Story Theatre's “Lobby Hero.”
Credit Richard W. Dionne, Jr. / 2nd Story Theatre

2nd Story Theatre debuts its new 70-seat performing space this week with a play called “Lobby Hero” by New York writer Kenneth Lonergan.

Yeah, well, you see “hero” is not exactly the right word. On the other hand, maybe it is. Or it is sometimes. You get what I mean?

No, huh? Well, the strength of this very funny, charming, tough and potty-mouthed snappy play is that nothing is exactly as it seems. But it might be. Irony prevails in “Lobby Hero.”

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The Bottom Line
4:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Bottom Line: The Politics and the Changing Business Environment

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 they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week, Dave and Mark sit down with RI Public Expenditure Council Executive Director John Simmons.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Political Roundtable: Raimondo on the Pension Plan, Economic Development, and Gambling Revenue

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

General Treasurer Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss 2014; the health of the state pension plan; her views on boosting Rhode Island's economy; and whether adding table games is the best way for the state to protect one of its largest revenue sources.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Raimondo on Education, Campaign Finance, Transparency + More

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q+A to talk about her political future, education policy, campaign finance, transparency in government and other topics.

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Politics
4:00 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Diossa on The Changing Face of Politics in Central Falls

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa outside Central Falls City Hall
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The mayor of Central Falls, 28-year-old James Diossa, won’t face any competition when voters in Rhode Island’s smallest city go to the polls in November. Diossa is backing a slate of city council candidates – and most of them don’t face any competition, either. The tiny and financially struggling city is still emerging from the shadow of bankruptcy. But the political landscape marks quite a change from last year, when Diossa beat the city’s former police chief to win election as Central Falls’ first Latino mayor.

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