Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The full Senate could hold a vote as early as next week.
The Rhode Island House voted 73-0 Wednesday in favor of a bill that would abolish the East Greenwich Fire District, allowing for the establishment of a Town of East Greenwich fire department. Two members abstained. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Anthony Giarrusso (R-E.G.). It came at the request of the Town Council following a two-thirds majority vote on a referendum last November that asked EG voters if they thought the Fire District should become part of the town. As it stands, the Fire District is a completely separate municipal entity, with its own taxing authority. An identical bill is before the state Senate. The Senate Finance Committee approved that bill Tuesday; a vote before the full Senate could happen next week. If that bill …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The state House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote on the controversial measure for this afternoon.
Tuesday, January 22
A vote by the State House Judiciary committee on a bill allowing same-sex marriage in Rhode Island is scheduled for a vote tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m., the General Assembly Press Bureau announced. The "Equal Access to Marriage" bill — submitted in the House by Cranston Rep. Arthur Handy and co-sponsored by Rep. Kenneth A. Marshall (D-Dist. 68, Bristol, Warren) — would make Rhode Island the last state in New England to allow same-sex marriages, and would recognize any civil unions as marriages. According to a release from the General Assembly Press Bureau, "no further testimony will be taken at this hearing." Passage in the House would then move the bill to the state Senate Judiciary Committee, which may or may not decide to take it up …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
The Great Debates (between candidates for state Senate (Dist. 33) and House (Dist. 30) take place this Wednesday!
The presidential debates have certainly been gripping, but on Wednesay, we in East Greenwich get a chance to be part of our own Great Debate. The debate will feature candidates Dawson Hodgson and Winters B. Hames for state Senate District 33 and candidates Kevin McDonough, Mark Schwager, and Anthony Giarrusso for state Representative District 30, at the Varnum Armory, starting at 6:30 p.m. Mark Curtis will be moderating the House debate and I will be moderating the Senate debate. But we need your help – what issues do you want to hear the candidates address? Are you concerned about pension reform? Do you want to hear how the candidates will try to improve the jobless rate in R.I.? Should the candidates talk about how to make the state …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Mark Curtis of ABC 6 and EG Patch's Elizabeth McNamara will moderate debates between state House Dist. 30 candidates and state Senate 35 candidates at the Varnum Armory next Wednesday.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Candidates for the R.I. House District 30 and Senate District 35 General Assembly seats will meet Wednesday, Oct. 24, in a debate sponsored by East Greenwich’s Republican and Democratic town committees and East Greenwich Patch. The debate will be moderated by ABC-6 political reporter Mark Curtis, an East Greenwich resident, and EG Patch editor Elizabeth McNamara. “The Great Debate” is set for Varnum Armory, with the State Representative candidates Anthony Giarrusso, Mark Schwager and Kevin McDonough taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. and State Senate candidates Dawson Hodgson and Winter Hames taking their places an hour later. Admission is free. Town Committee chairs Tom Plunkett and Chuck Newton said the debate is an effort to stimulate voter…
Monday, August 27, 2012
Bob Bolton, Dean Fachon, and Anthony Giarrusso discuss the EDC, gay marriage, and the role of the minority.
The three Republican candidates for state House District 30 met Thursday for a debate at the Varnum Armory before an estimated 100 people. While there were no deep disagreements, the debate marked the only time voters could size up all three of the candidates whose names will appear on the Sept. 11 primary ballot. Bob Bolton, Dean Fachon, and Anthony Giarrusso are all Republicans running for the seat long held by fellow GOP member Bob Watson, who announced in June he would not seek re-election. The winner of the primary will face Democrat Mark Schwager and independent Kevin J. McDonough. District 30 is made up of East Greenwich and a small portion of West Greenwich. The EG Republican Town Committee sponsored the debate, along with East …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Five candidates, including three Republicans, are vying for House Dist. 30; three candidates, including two Democrats, in race for Senate Dist. 33 race.
The signatures have been counted, the candidates are decided, and for East Greenwich voters, anyway, there two primaries to be waged for the three General Assembly seats apportioned to our town. The obvious race up for grabs is for House District 30, the seat long held by Bob Watson, who announced he would not seek re-election in June. Five candidates have submitted enough signatures to be on the ballot – three of them are Republicans, so there will be a primary in the Republican race on Sept. 11. Bob Bolton, Emil Fachon, and Antonio Giarrusso will have to battle it out in the primary. Bolton has run twice before for the seat, first as a Republican, then two years ago as an independent. Fachon and Giarrusso are newcomers to the political …