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Political Roundtable At Athenaeum

(5.13) Co-presented with Rhode Island Public Radio, Policy & Pinot is a timely conversation series on vital issues facing our state. RIPR’s Political Roundtable team of political reporters Ian Donnis and Scott MacKay, along with URI Professor of Political Science Maureen Moakley and frequent Roundtable guest Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, analyze the local and national political scene. Free and […]

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Sakonnet Bridge Toll Discussion Delayed

This can’t happen soon enough. The Senate has delayed its discussion of the Sakonnet River Bridge toll which as it stands now is a public relations disaster for our tourism industry. According to the Providence Journal, Greg Pare, spokesman for Senate Present M. Teresa Paiva Weed, said the bill has been rescheduled for the Senate

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House Abolishes Master Lever Option

What a great way to celebrate the state’s first Day of Reason. The Rhode Island House voted 71-0 to abolish straight-ticket voting, the so-called master lever, a relic of the old voting machines and machine politics. It has no real defenders, only pols and special interest groups who benefit from maintaining our unhealthy, one-party, status

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Sen. Josh Miller — Hero

A March 18th confrontation in the State House rotunda in which Rhode Island Senator Josh Miller (D-Cranston) told off Dan Bidondi, a disruptive and intimidating gun-rights advocate, was caught on tape, with a weirdly edited version now up on YouTube. Senator Miller has issued this statement concerning his choice of words during the exchange; “At

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Statewide Plastic Bag Ban Hearing

(3.20) The Rhode Island House of Representatives Environment and Natural Resources Committee is hearing a bill that would ban plastic bags statewide. Tim Faulkner writes at ecoRI: For the second straight year, Rep. Maria Cimini, D-Providence, has sponsored the Plastic Waste Reduction Act, a bill that would ban retailers from offering most checkout plastic bags.

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Public Forum On Constitutional Convention — Old State House

(11.21) Operation Clean Government, a local good-government group, is hosting a public forum Thursday on the pros and cons of calling for a state Constitutional Convention. In 2014, Rhode Island voters will decide whether they want there to be a constitutional convention to reform the state constitution. The purpose of this forum is to discuss

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Governor Must Veto Offensive License Plate

For a comprehensive report on what the general assembly did and did not get done in the legislative session ending late Wednesday night read the Providence Journal’s “Mixed reviews on 2013 legislative session.” Among the bills that failed: bans on assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines; reinstatement of Ethics Commission power over legislators; elimination of the

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End Tip Theft In Rhode Island

[youtube]-97eXc9OPGc[/youtube] When you leave a tip for your server or bartender you probably assume the money is going directly into their pockets. Too often, though, owners, managers and supervisors are taking a significant portion of that gratuity. Sometimes they simply demand a cut from workers, but they also steal by absorbing those automatic “service charges,”

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Repeal Voter ID — And Let’s Record The Proceedings

The odious Ann Coulter once used the example of our predominately Democratic General Assembly to justify claims that the Voter ID laws being passed around the country were bipartisan initiatives. That alone is reason enough for supporting repeal. Happily just such a bill has been introduced in the Senate and a hearing was held last

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House Committee Hearing On Marijuana Regulation And Taxation

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on the Marijuana Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act (HB-5274) at 4:30pm, Wednesday, February 27th. Passage of this legislation means Rhode Island would join Colorado and Washington state in legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults. Washington Governor Jay Inslee is moving forward, instructing the state

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Spring Fundraiser For Blazejewski — Wild Colonial

(5.9) Since his election as District Two Rep in the General Assembly, Chris Blazejewski has introduced and co-sponsored legislation in the areas of economic development, job growth, education, the environment, and renewable energy. His concerns regarding the infusion of “dark money” in the democratic process led him to introduce (with Sen. Juan M. Pichardo, D-Providence)

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Good Tipper In The House

Big-hearted brainiac and friend of the Dose, state rep Chris Blazejewski, has teamed up with Joey DeFrancesco (Joey Quits!) to ensure that tips go to the people who worked for them. The so-called ‘Tip Theft’ bill (H-7566), which Blazejewski introduced on Monday, will ban any employer, manager, or supervisor from demanding, requesting, or accepting tips

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“Forced Worship Stinks In God’s Nostrils”

So wrote Roger Williams on June 22, 1670 in a letter to Connecticut Governor Thomas Prence. Sophisticated theologians get this totally . . . then there’s Doreen Costa. Kudos to Steve Ahlquist for his well-reasoned assessment of the current “holiday tree” nonsense  in yesterday’s ProJo. His column “Chafee right to ignore loud majority” (B-6 of

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