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Money & Influence 04.8.2019

Firefighter unions have spent liberally on R.I. legislative races

Few interest groups have been more generous to Rhode Island lawmakers than the firefighters’ lobby, which is pushing controversial overtime legislation up for a House vote on Tuesday, in a state that regularly tops the national charts on the cost of fire protection.

Money & Influence 03.30.2019

Editorial: Fighting for a better R.I.

Each year, Rhode Island citizens mount a brave fight to get a line-item veto on the ballot. The annual ritual brings out the worst in House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

Money & Influence 03.29.2019

R.I. House committee urged to put line-item veto on ballot

Two-time candidate for governor Ken Block made his annual pilgrimage to the State House on Tuesday to urge reluctant lawmakers to give the governor a “line-item veto″ over the final General Assembly-passed budget.

Money & Influence 03.22.2019

The Hummel Report: Principle or personal? Costs soar in R.I. public-records battle

The state Board of Elections has spent more than $12,000 over the last 10 months defending its decision to charge former gubernatorial candidate Ken Block $410 to fulfill a public-records request. Is the fight a matter of principle and legal precedent for the board, or an act of retaliation against a longtime adversary?

Money & Influence 02.27.2019

Good government group proposes a new public financing system

A good government group is proposing a public financing system for candidates seeking a seat in the Rhode Island General Assembly.

Money & Influence 02.19.2019

EP mayor’s office says ‘misunderstanding’ caused police to withhold info

East Providence Mayor Bob DaSilva's aides said Tuesday there had been a "misunderstanding" between his office and the city police department over whether cops need to go through them before releasing information, and that no changes will be made for now.

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