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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.

Money & Influence 02.15.2019

Political donations by strip-club industry made in lobbying firm’s name

Donors to Gov. Gina Raimondo and House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello listed Goldberg Law Offices as employer instead of the Foxy Lady and other clubs. Mysterious errors in campaign finance records concealed the source of thousands of dollars in political donations from the Providence strip-club industry to Gov. Gina Raimondo and House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

Money & Influence 02.7.2019

Legislative Jobs For District 15 Voters Have Multiplied During Mattiello’s Time As RI Speaker

The number of patronage jobs from House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello’s Cranston district has almost tripled during Mattiello’s time as speaker. Patronage jobs are one of the tools that a legislative leader like Mattiello can use to reinforce his own political power at the Statehouse.

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