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Governor Gina Raimondo marked her 100th day in office Thursday. Raimondo is taking part in several events to mark the occasion.


Along with two other appearances, Governor Raimondo is celebrating the 100th anniversary of two northern Rhode Island businesses, Yacht Club Soda and Navigant Credit Union.

Raimondo won election in November as the state’s first female governor. Since taking office, she’s dealt with severe winter weather and touted her proposed budget as a way to revitalize Rhode Island’s economy.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo was sworn in as the state’s first female governor Tuesday afternoon on the states of the state capitol. 

A small crowd braved the cold and snow to watch the historic event. Gov-elect Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, former Gov. Lincoln Chafee and his wife Stephanie, and former Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts were some of the dignitaries looking on.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week, Dave and Mark talk with Cheryl Merchant, President and CEO of Hope Global in Cumberland. They discus Governor-elect Gina Raimondo’s economic summit this week: the ideas and expectations from the business community.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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About 80 business people and other community leaders gathered Tuesday to find ways to bolster the state economy.  Governor-elect Gina Raimondo used the event to introduce her point man on economic development.

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Gov. Lincoln Chafee said one of his biggest regrets is not getting his first budget passed. That budget proposed lowering the sales tax but expanding it to other items and services.


The House Finance Committee is slated to meet Thursday to review the condition of state budget. The state will face a deficit for the next fiscal year.


Allan Fung said despite losing his bid for governor, he’s proud of the race he ran. Fung’s democratic rival Gina Raimondo won the race with just 40 percent of the vote. Fung said maybe it’s time for runoff elections.

"The moose was on the loose," is how Fung describes the 22 percent gleaned by Moderate Party candidate Bob Healey, referring to Healey’s days as the cool moose candidate.  Fung’s main opponent, Gina Raimondo, is the second consecutive governor elected with less than 50 percent of the vote.

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Gina Raimondo spent her first day as governor-elect meeting with constituents on Federal Hill.  And she’s now focusing on transitioning into state’s highest office.

Raimondo won’t say who will be on her team as she moves forward, or who in the current administration will be let go.  Though she said she hopes the Chafee administration will hold off on major staffing decisions, such as the education commissioner’s post, so that she can have a say once she assumes office in January.

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There’s a photograph on Cranston Mayor Allan Fung’s desk of his first inauguration. He’s being sworn into the mayor’s office he has the family Bible and his parents are by his side. “I can see the pride in my mom’s eyes, in my dad’s eyes as I was getting sworn in,” said Fung.

He looks at this photo almost every day, “and it just reminds me of who I am and how far they’ve come, and because of what they did I’m where I am.”

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The State Board of Elections has cleared the way for Bob Healey to be the Moderate Party’s candidate for governor. The state’s Republican Party challenged the Moderate Party’s move to put Healey on the ballot once James Spooner pulled out for health reasons.

Three questions needed to be answered: Did Spooner properly drop out of the governor’s race, was the Moderate Party authorized to tap Healey to replace Spooner, and was Healey eligible to run for governor. The Board of Elections answered all three questions with a yes.  

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Bob Healey, known for running for office under the Cool Moose Party, has thrown his hat in the ring for governor. This time for the Moderate Party.

Healey said he will refrain from taking any campaign contributions, and instead engage voters through what he calls “guerilla warfare style politics” – a low-budget campaign that will roll out its objectives through an online journal.

Healey said the Moderate Party approached him to run for governor after the initial candidate, James Spooner, had to bow out for health reasons.

Rhode Island's next governor - whether it's Republican Allan Fung or Democrat Gina Raimondo - will have plenty of challenges to tackle upon taking office. The state's ailing economy will most likely hold the spotlight over the next eight weeks until the general election. But perhaps I could put a few health care items on the agenda for their consideration - and for the general assembly's.

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Republican gubernatorial candidates Ken Block and Allan Fung traded barbs Monday about which of them is the best choice for governor.  It happened at new conference Block held near Cranston City Hall.

Block held his press conference inside a Cranston diner, about a block from City Hall, as a reminder of how Fung taped a jobs-related campaign ad in an Ohio diner. He criticized Fung for raising taxes early in his administration, and Block also rapped Fung for his oversight of Cranston’s police department.

The Democratic candidates running for governor took part in a special, live edition of The Political Roundtable. Todd Giroux, Clay Pell, Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras answered questions from our moderators and asked each other questions. 

You can hear the program in its three segments here:

A senate committee will vote Wednesday on legislation that would ultimately put the governor and lieutenant governor on a joint ticket. The bill co-sponsored by Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed would let voters decide on a constitutional amendment linking the two top offices.

Paiva Weed said previous lieutenant governors have had to define their own roles, while this legislation would make them an assistant to the governor.