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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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The FBI has seized about $810,000 in assets under the control of former state Rep. Ray Gallison, a Bristol Democrat, who stepped down in May as chairman of the House Finance Committee.

In an online posting earlier this week, the FBI revealed that it seized the assets under Gallison’s control. Some of the money was part of the estate of a friend of Gallison’s from Barrington who died in 2012. That individual, Ray Medley, had hired Gallison to handle the liquidation of his estate.

The state Ethics Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a moratorium on outside ethics complaints in the 90 days before a general election.

The moratorium is intended to discourage politically motivated complaints, although the commission reserves the right to launch its own investigations or complaints, commission spokesman Jason Gramitt said.

Common Cause of Rhode Island, Operation Clean Government, and the League of Women Voters supported the moratorium, Gramitt said.

Calling all literate Rhode Islanders and Ocean State ex-pats: For a great read get thee to the bookstore (or Internet if you must) and get Bruce DeSilva’s latest Rhody-centric mystery novel "The Dread Line." It goes on sale in September.

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The plan to improve the Port of Providence and a proposal to build a new power plan in Burrillville have stirred vigorous debates in recent weeks. 

Gov. Gina Raimondo has scheduled a sit-down with plant opponents. Rhode Island. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if these plans will reprise the 20th Century battles  between environmentalists and business and labor interests. 

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The environmental organization Save The Bay on Monday sharply criticized the proposal for a $20 million taxpayer-financed port development project on the Providence waterfront.

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In the first six months of the year, Governor Gina Raimondo left town more than a dozen times. Here's a look at what the governor has been up to.

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Supporters of Linda Finn, a former state rep seeking a comeback this fall, are crying foul after the state Democratic Party endorsed rival Democrat James Cawley in the race for the District 72 seat.

State Democratic Chairman Joseph McNamara, a rep from Warwick, could not be reached for comment.

Party spokeswoman Ann Gooding offered this explanation for why Cawley got the Democratic endorsement instead of a former rep: "Cawley asked for that endorsement, Finn did not."

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Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea said the state's newly signed lobbying law will enable the state to pursue cases of unregistered lobbying.

Governor Gina Raimondo signed the lobbying bill into law Wednesday morning. That came a little more than a year after Gorbea's office dropped unregistered lobbying cases against two figures linked to 38 Studios, Michael Corso and Thomas Zaccagnino, due to flaws in the state's lobbying law.

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Rank-and-file state lawmakers will get $15,429 over the 12 months ending in June 2017. That’s a $15 hike from the amount for the legislative session that ended last month.

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If you’re wealthy, you may see the British exit from Europe’s economy as an opportunity. 

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About one-third of 113 General Assembly seats may go uncontested in fall elections.

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Bristol – There will be floats, bands and puppets, the trill of bagpipes and Sousa marches.

The sailors will step smartly down Hope Street, where the  red, white and blue traffic stripes have  replaced the mundane  yellow strips. The historic harbor is filling with boats, their white sails riffling in the afternoon breeze.

There will be flags, thousands of them. Some will hang from the stately 18th  and 19th century colonials that grace Bristol’s waterfront. The wooly-headed blue hydrangeas sprout from lawns grand and modest.

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The emergence of a second Republican candidate for the Cranston House seat held by Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is exposing a conflict within the state GOP.