Gina Raimondo, the Democrat Governor of Rhode Island is facing an investigation.
People became suspicious over a lucrative no-bid contract to someone with connections. Same old story.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Dem Gov Faces Ethics Investigation
Democratic Governors Association chairwoman Gina Raimondo is being investigated after her administration awarded a no-bid $1 billion contract to a gambling company connected to the DGA’s treasurer.
In June, Raimondo attempted to hand a $1 billion contract to International Game Technology (IGT) to run the state’s lottery system and give the company a 32 percent share of newly legalized sports gambling revenue. The no-bid deal raised eyebrows in Rhode Island after it was revealed that DGA treasurer Donald Sweitzer served as the U.K.-based gambling company’s lobbyist under a contract that paid him $7,500 a month. IGT has donated $70,000 to Raimondo’s election campaigns since 2014.
The state’s nonpartisan ethics commission is now investigating Raimondo for potential conflicts of interest following a complaint filed by the state Republican Party. The commission dismissed a secondary GOP complaint alleging that the no-bid contract violated state law.
Raimondo did not respond to request for comment. Her attorney Jonathan Berkon welcomed the investigation in a statement. Berkon noted that the commission rejected the complaint about the no-bid nature of the contract and expects Raimondo to be cleared of any wrongdoing.
Like other Democrats, Raimondo is laser focused on the really important issues.
The Providence Journal reports:
Raimondo seeks to add third gender option to driver’s licenses
The transgender community has long sought a nonbinary choice.
Gov. Gina Raimondo wants Rhode Island to join a growing list of states offering a third, nonbinary gender option on driver’s licenses and birth certificates, she said Wednesday.
The change would allow people to put an “X” in the gender field of licenses and birth certificates, where currently they can only put “M” for male or “F” for female.
“It’s just basic fairness, so that everyone is treated fairly and recognized by their government for who they are,” Raimondo said at an event Wednesday afternoon. “We have heard about it from the community, the transgender community, the LGTBQ community.”
The Division of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Health are exploring what procedural and technical changes will be necessary to allow the third-gender option.
Will the media bother reporting on Raimondo’s scandal?