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Pension lawsuit from Rhode Island retired public employees allowed to proceed

(Reuters) – A lawsuit by retired Rhode Island public employees over the state’s sweeping 2011 pension system overhaul will continue after a judge on Wednesday rejected a move by state officials to have the case thrown out. Superior Court Associate Justice Sarah Taft-Carter found that the retirees’ pension benefits, for…

Rhode Island Democrat sorry he told bullying InfoWars correspondent to ‘go f*ck himself’

There must be something about InfoWars correspondent Dan Bidondi that invites scorn, ridicule, and profanity. Bidondi, who is best known for the foul-mouthed fulmination he endured from a furious Boston resident over his website’s “false flag” conspiracy theories, was subjected to more verbal abuse last week from a Rhode Island…

Police, FBI raid office and home of Rhode Island Speaker of the House Gordon Fox

Federal and state law enforcement officials swarmed the home and State House office of Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox (D) on Friday morning, according to WPRI. Jim Martin, a spokesman for Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha, informed the press that the shutdown of Fox’s  State House office was…

Rhode Island cop suspended for hitting and kicking unruly suspect in handcuffs

A Rhode Island police officer was suspended for a year without pay after he admitted to hitting and kicking a handcuffed man who spat at him and taunted him. Officer Richard Ramirez, an eight-year veteran, has been suspended with pay since the July 14 incident. Ramirez and other officers had…

Gun-rights battle could backfire on town leaders in Rhode Island recall

Call it a double whammy. Four town councilmembers in Exeter, R.I., not only failed in their bid to get the state to take over concealed-carry permitting for their town, but now they face a recall election Saturday because of it.;  …

Catholic bishop: I switched to Republicans because Democrats’ social agenda ‘just awful’

Bishop Thomas Tobin, the Roman Catholic leader of Rhode Island, said Tuesday night he recently switched his political affiliation to Republican after 44 years of being a Democrat. Speaking at a Rhody Young Republicans event in Providence, Tobin explained that he could no longer consider himself a Democrat because of…

Rhode Island governor will switch parties, run for re-election as Democrat

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) will switch to the Democratic party as he seeks a second term in 2014, Politico reported on Wednesday. Chafee was elected to his current position in 2010 as an independent after leaving the Republican party, and campaigned on behalf of President Barack Obama in…

Rhode Island on the verge of legalizing same-sex marriage

Rhode Island is virtually assured to become the tenth state to legalize same-sex marriage. The Rhode Island Senate voted 26-12 on Wednesday to approve legislation that would allow same-sex couples to legally marry in the state as early as August 1. “This is a historic piece of legislation, one that…

Rhode Island House panel unanimously approves marriage equality bill

Rhode Island is one step closer to becoming the tenth state to legalize same-sex marriages. The state House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved legislation on Tuesday that would make marriage rights and benefits available to same-sex couples. The bill could be voted on by the full House as soon as Thursday.…

Rhode Island school to consider appeal of prayer removal

CRANSTON, Rhode Island (Reuters) – A school committee geared up on Thursday for boisterous crowds expected at its meeting on a federal court order to remove a prayer banner that has hung for decades inside a local public school. The public hearing on whether to appeal the court ruling is…

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