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The Current Week 06/18/12 – 06/22/12

By Justin Katz | June 25, 2012 |

Headlines Tuesday: Uncertainty over ObamaCare Supreme Court Ruling Bedevils Business Community, Kevin J. Mooney – Analysis The economic drag of legal uncertainty surrounding ObamaCare may be resolved with the Supreme Court's pending ruling on its Constitutionality, but longer-term effects remain a concern. Justin's Case Monday: Payday Loans and Government Expertise – Opinion An unspoken assumption…

RIRA to Hold Biennial Endorsement Convention

By Community Crier | June 18, 2012 | Comments Off on RIRA to Hold Biennial Endorsement Convention

Rhode Island’s largest conservative organization, the Rhode Island Republican Assembly (RIRA), will hold its next monthly meeting and biennial endorsement convention this Thursday, June 21st, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. Unlike its regular gatherings, this month’s RIRA meeting and biennial endorsement convention will not be held at the Rhode Island Shriners. Instead, it will be held…

The Current Week 06/11/12 – 06/15/12

By Justin Katz | June 18, 2012 |

Headlines Monday: 06/11/12 – Senate Floor and Committees – Liveblog Justin tries to keep an eye out, live, during what may be the second-to-last night of the legislative session. EBEC, casino, budget, campaign finance, and felony dog leashing rules. Tuesday: 06/12/12 – The Whole Mad Jumble of the Last Day – Liveblog Justin writes live…

The Current Week 06/04/12 – 06/08/12

By Justin Katz | June 11, 2012 |

Headlines Tuesday: 06/05/12 – House Floor & Committee on Environment and Natural Resources – Liveblog Justin whiles away the evening writing from the State House floor (campaign finance) and House Environment and Natural Resources Committee hearing (EBEC). Thursday: 06/07/12 – House Floor: Budget – Liveblog Justin sets up camp to write live from the RI…

The Current Week 05/29/12 – 06/01/12

By Justin Katz | June 4, 2012 |

Headlines Tuesday: 05/29/12 – Joint House & Senate Finance Committees – Liveblog Justin writes live from a joint House & Senate Committee Hearing on casino legislation. Wednesday: With Budget Commission, Woonsocket Deficit Problem Nearly Doubles – Investigative Report Addressing city's pension shortfall, Woonsocket budget commission faces another $7 million annual deficit, addressing $46 million gap…

The Current Week 05/21/12 – 05/28/12

By Justin Katz | May 29, 2012 |

Headlines Tuesday: Rhode Island Cities and Towns, Where They Are and Where They've Been, Part 1 – Analysis The Current's long-running review of population and employment data can lead to better understanding of who is being affected by public policy in Rhode Island and how. Part 1 reviews how the cities and towns compare right…

The Current Week 05/14/12 – 05/18/12

By Justin Katz | May 21, 2012 |

Headlines Monday: Fiscal Oversight as a Path to MERS, Central Falls and Beyond – Analysis A bill by Sen. Crowley and the Dept. of Revenue would allow cities and towns to use the state oversight process to move retirees into the state-run MERS pension system. Tuesday: Backstopping and Insulating Local Pensions via Legislation – Analysis…

The Current Week 05/04/12 – 05/11/12

By Justin Katz | May 14, 2012 |

Headlines Monday: Medicaid Waiver Reform Saved Tens of Millions, Although ObamaCare/ARRA Curtailed Savings – Investigative Report Despite some local journalists' reports, RI's Medicaid Global Waiver reform has saved $55.2 million within the first year and a half of implementation, and would have saved more but for ObamaCare and federal stimulus legislation. Tuesday: 05/08/12 – Tiverton…

Investigative Reporter Sought for Ocean State Current

By Justin Katz | May 9, 2012 |

If there are any journalists in the Anchor Rising audience who are out of work or looking for a new opportunity, the Ocean State Current is now seeking a full-time investigative reporter. The position will have a great deal of independence, but the main focus will be investigative reports and human interest stories centering around…

The Current Week, 04/30/12-05/04/12

By Justin Katz | May 7, 2012 |

Justin's Case Monday: State in Decline, Employment in RI Cities and Towns: North Providence – Research North Providence's low-for-Rhode-Island unemployment rate masks the fact that the city's number of employed residents has never been lower in the DLT's 22 years of data. What's Nuttier than a 7% Rate of Return Expecation? – Opinion Polemics can…

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