A: Yes. I support disclosure laws to identify contributors to Super PACs.
Legislative outcome: Bill passed House, 70-0, on Feb. 9; passed Senate, 30-6, on March 29; signed by Gov. Raimondo on March 30.
Zaccaria: Strongly Disagree
The rule change came on a largely party line after partisan rancor between Democratic and Republican leaders had triggered gridlock in appointing federal judges and other top level federal officials.
We need to restore their outlook in all aspects of civic life. We need to reduce our reliance on government. From my seven-year view as an outsider-turned-insider, the biggest blocks to progress are the political blocks. We need less party and union group thinking, and more independent free-thinking, men and women like the one that crowns this Capital.
My team has spent seven years reshaping state government, streamlining it, and making sure that it did not become a greater burden on our citizens.
"I would have granted the pro hac vice motion because the moving party, Attorney Small, satisfied the conditions established by our rule for admission, one of which is that the motion should be granted "for good cause shown." Here, the Ethics Commission established good cause by recounting the various problems it had experienced in attempting to retain qualified R.I. attorneys to handle ethics investigations. The problems referenced by the commission in obtaining qualified and non-conflicted local counsel to handle this sensitive investigation were legitimate and established good cause for it to retain a qualified, nonresident attorney."
Justice Flanders upheld that both Constitutions include "limitations" on the powers of the legislative branch. Flanders upheld that both Constitutions grant the executive--the governor in Rhode Island, the president in Washington--at least some power over how the laws passed by the legislature are executed.
Flanders ruled that, "the people of Rhode Island will likely be plunged into a long dark age of subjugation to unchecked, unbalanced and unlimited governmental powers exercised by controlling members and subparts of the legislature--notwithstanding a State Constitution that was enacted to prevent such a catastrophe from ever occurring."
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