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Rhode Island Public Radio's political blog. Scott MacKay and Ian Donnis keep you up-to-date with the latest in political news from around Rhode Island.

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Bernie Sanders campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is winding down. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay ponders what’s next for the Vermont senator and the movement he and his followers built. 

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The state Senate passed early Saturday an $8.9 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, and sleepy lawmakers pushed their final session of 2016 past sunrise before calling it quits.

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Voters will decide this November whether to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of state lawmakers. This comes after the House and Senate voted unanimously Thursday to put the question to voters.

After a seven-year impasse, momentum for strengthening the Ethics Commission picked up after former House Finance chairman Ray Gallison resigned in April. He remains part of an ongoing and unspecified law enforcement probe.

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WLNE-TV, ABC6, is launching a new Sunday morning public affairs show, In the Arena, hosted by former Providence mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr., RIPR has learned.

The first installment of the show is slated for this weekend, with longtime Democratic fundraiser Mark Weiner joining Paolino as a guest.

Former Chafee staffer Amy Rice; Josh Fenton, co-founder of GoLocalProv.com; former deputy secretary of state Ray Rickman; and former lieutenant governor Thomas DiLuglio are slated to join the show as weekly panelists, according to Beryl Kenyon, a Paolino spokeswoman.

Dan Beardsley, one of the most candid, colorful and hard-working of all Rhode Island Statehouse lobbyists, is retiring as executive director of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, which represents the interests of municipalities across the state.

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The House and Senate Judiciary Committees on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill that would allow voters to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of state lawmakers.

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State Rep. John Carnevale (D-Providence), vice chairman of the House Finance Committee, faces questions about whether he’s been living outside his legislative district.

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A top General Electric official said Monday there's no guarantee the company will produce hundreds of new jobs with a digital technology center in Providence.

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Warwick native Lara Salamano has been hired as the state’s new chief marketing officer

Salamano graduated from URI in 1992. According to her LinkedIn profile, Salamano has worked in marketing for MTV Networks and Viacom, among other companies. Her profile said she has worked since August 2013 as vice president/partner marketing for for the Pop/CBS/Lionsgate partnership.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Gaspee Days Speech as Prepared for Delivery
June 9, 2016

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With more than $1 million in her campaign account, Governor Gina Raimondo is getting a boost Wednesday evening from one of the nation's wealthiest families.

Diana Taylor, the longtime significant other of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Bloomberg's oldest daughter, Emma Bloomberg, are co-hosting a Manhattan fundraiser for Raimondo, RIPR has learned.

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Legislative leaders announced Monday the elimination of a grant program that has sparked controversy following the resignation of former House Finance chairman Ray Gallison last month. They also said they're maintaining control of a smaller grant program that critics call overly politicized.

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Memorial Hospital is cutting back services and closing its maternity service. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says Rhode Island’s health care system needs more consolidation.

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