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Just a few weeks remain until 2017, a year bound to be filled with political drama. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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The campaigns are over, but the debates about voting rage on. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for Rhode Island to consider some election changes.

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Republican Steven Frias, who came close to toppling House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello in his state representative district in Cranston, announced Tuesday that he's dropped his challenge to the outcome of the race.

"After five months of being focused on this race, it is time for me to concede the election," Frias said in a statement.

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State Police say an allegation of voter intimidation in a high-profile legislative race is unfounded.

The accusation of voter intimidation came up in Republican Steven Frias’ challenge to House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello. One voter, Larry Winkler, said the person who came to collect his mail ballot questioned why he was picking Frias, but still submitted the ballot.

Trump-world continues to assemble before our eyes, even as America prepares to pause next week for Thanksgiving. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Expect the unexpected when it comes to politics, right? Yes and no. While Tuesday's presidential election offered a big surprise, General Assembly results in the Ocean State mostly represent a lack of change. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments remain welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

The panel discusses Trump's victory, the battle between Speaker Mattiello and Steven Frias, and why not much changed in the General Assembly as far as Democratic incumbents.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello emerged with a 65-vote lead over Republican rival Steven Frias after the state Board of Elections counted mail ballots Thursday, but Frias said he does not accept the results and wants an investigation of possible vote fraud in the election.

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All you needed to know about yesterday’s  election in Rhode Island  was on display last night at the Garden Room at Biltmore Hotel in downtown Providence, the ancestral home of Democratic Party election  bashes for generations.

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Republican challenger Steven Frias edged Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello in voting Tuesday, but Mattiello said he received more than enough mail ballots to ensure him a victory. With the mail ballots yet to be certified by the state Board of Elections, Frias did not concede defeat.

Unofficial results showed Frias beat Mattiello by 147 voters through tallies cast on voting machines. Mattiello's campaign team said the speaker was the choice of more than 500 people who used mail ballots to vote, in what they called an insurance policy for a Mattiello victory.

Fasten your seatbelt for what promises to be an impactful Election Day next Tuesday. In the meantime, thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your comments and tips are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

State Rep. Blake Filippi (I-New Shoreham) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the volume of independents running for the General Assembly, the constitutionality of truck tolls, how power might be more widely shared in the House of Representatives, and much more.

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The speaker of the House is often called the most powerful elected official in state government. That’s because the speaker controls the flow of legislation in the House and has a lot of influence over the state budget. But just like a rank and file lawmaker, the speaker has to win re-election every two years.

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State Republican Chairman Brandon Bell filed a complaint with the state Elections Board on Monday, calling on the board to investigate a possible campaign finance violation by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

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