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Articles by Morgan Johnson (49)


Firefighters approve pension settlement with city

November 15, 2012 Comments are Disabled

After months of negotiations and legal challenges between public safety workers and city officials, both active and retired firefighters voted last week in favor of a tentative settlement to two lawsuits filed by firefighters unions.


Diossa, Moran face off in Central Falls mayoral race

November 13, 2012 Comments are Disabled

A primary last Tuesday for a special election to determine the next mayor of Central Falls left two Democrats, who will face off in the general election Dec. 11.

University News

Brown alums battle for political office nationwide

November 2, 2012 3 comments

More than 20 Brown alums from 14 different states will seek federal and state positions next week. And while they vary across the board in their backgrounds and political beliefs, several candidates expressed that their experiences at Brown helped shape their path to Election Day.


Cranston killer tests voting rights laws

October 25, 2012 Comments are Disabled

Convicted felons in Rhode Island regain their voting rights upon release from prison, as determined by a 2006 referendum amending a clause in the state’s constitution that previously required felons to complete parole and probation before regaining the right to vote. But the law has not stopped city officials in Cranston from challenging violent offenders’ eligibility. Last week, the Cranston Board of Canvassers unanimously refused an absentee ballot request from a convicted killer legally eligible to vote in the upcoming election. The same board tried to block two other ballot requests from convicted killers in 2010.

University News

Paxson starts steady as U. faces changing tides

October 25, 2012 3 comments
This article is part of the series Shaping the Presidency

When former president Ruth Simmons arrived at Brown in 2001, she was ready to effect major change. “I fear we have gotten caught up in enhancements of all kinds while fundamentals are wanting,” she told faculty in the first week of the school year.


38 Studios prompts commerce overhaul

October 4, 2012 Comments are Disabled

A Sept. 25 report commissioned by Gov. Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 P’16 suggests Rhode Island’s business climate is in critical condition and recommends a major overhaul to current state organizations relating to commerce and economic development.


Raimondo hailed for state pension reform

September 26, 2012 Comments are Disabled

Since Rhode Island successfully passed pension reform last year, the state has drawn significant attention from national news outlets and nonprofit organizations that see Rhode Island as an exemplary model for states with underfunded pension systems.


Father-daughter dance ban sparks controversy

September 20, 2012 Comments are Disabled

To promote his ongoing protest of the Cranston School District’s ban on “father-daughter” dances and other gender-exclusive events, Republican State Senate candidate Sean Gately released a written statement Monday and appeared on the program “Fox & Friends” yesterday to voice his intent to lift the ban if elected to office.


Despite surplus, budget gap persists

September 18, 2012 Comments are Disabled

The state budget surplus for the end of fiscal year 2012 exceeded estimates by $21.7 million, according to a report released by State Controller Marc Leonetti Aug. 30. But the surplus will have little impact on dismal out-year budget gaps projected at $103.6 million in 2014, a figure expected to more than quadruple by 2017. “Revenue estimates are just that,” said Christine Hunsinger, press secretary for Gov. Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 P’16, who said differences between projected and actual surplus occur quite frequently.


On leave from Brown, Libby Kimzey makes bid for the State House

September 6, 2012 2 comments

Libby Kimzey, a former member of the class of 2009, is taking time off her studies at the University to run for the District 8 seat in the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

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