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Democrat Gina Raimondo outspent Republican rival Allan Fung by a more than 2-to-1 margin during the 2014 campaign. Raimondo will be sworn in as governor January 6th.

Raimondo spent more than five million dollars as part of her winning run for governor. She beat Fung on a 4-point margin in the November 4th election. Fung himself spent about $2 million during the campaign.  The two candidates have almost exhausted their accounts. Raimondo has just less than $50 thousand left in her war chest, while Fung has about $66 thousand.

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A legal observer says he expects the legal dispute over a 2011 overhaul of the state pension system to be settled out of court.

Roger Williams University Law School dean Michael Yelnosky said he’s fairly optimistic about the outlook for a settlement. “For a couple of reasons: one, they came so very close before; there continue to be lots of good reasons to settle on both sides,” said Yelnosky.

Efforts to settle the pension dispute fell apart in April when one of six plaintiff groups rejected a proposed deal.

Political Roundtable: Thanksgiving Edition

Nov 28, 2014
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Reporters in the Ocean State often say Rhode Island politics is the gift that keeps on giving. This week, political analyst Scott MacKay and Associated Press reporter Erika Niedowski join Weekend host Chuck Hinman to reflect upon this past year's news stories for which they're thankful.

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Governor-elect Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her pre-inaugural focus, plans for confronting budget deficits, how she'll work with the General Assembly, and more.

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q+A to talk about the ongoing state pension dispute, HealthSourceRI, CVS' decision to develop a new technology center in Boston, the Rhode Map controversy, and more.

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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.

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A local government watchdog group thinks stiffer penalties are needed to discourage the practice of unregulated lobbying.   

The Associated Press reported this week that former Attorney General Patrick Lynch has lobbied his former office several times without registering as a lobbyist. Lynch told the AP his actions didn’t amount to lobbying.

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A former government watchdog says governors and state legislators have weakened efforts meant to depoliticize the selection of judges.

The Judicial Nominating Commission was created 20 years ago to try to lessen the General Assembly’s influence on picking judges. The JNC is supposed to choose 3 to 5 highly qualified candidates, and the legislature is expected to act quickly once a governor picks a judge. But former Common Cause head Phil West said governors and lawmakers have fouled up the process.

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H. Philip West Jr. served as the executive director of Common Cause of Rhode Island for almost 20 years before stepping down in 2006. His tenure coincided with corruption in Governor Edward DiPrete’s administration, the state banking crisis, and high-profile battles over the Ethics Commission. West has turned his two decades observing Ocean State politics into a 684-page book called “Secrets and Scandals.” Rhode Island Public Radio Reporter Ian Donnis sat down with West to discuss the book and how much Rhode Island has changed.

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The mayor-elect of Providence, Jorge Elorza, has scheduled a series of forums to hear from city residents.

Republican Dawson Hodgson, who lost last week's race for attorney general to Democratic incumbent Peter Kilmartin, joins Bonus Q&A to talk about his campaign and efforts to rebuild the GOP.

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State Senator Dawson Hodgson (R-North Kingstown), the Republican candidate for attorney general in last week's election, joins Political Roundtable to talk about what went wrong; the outlook on the state budget; the transitions for the state's new elected officials; and more.

Fewer than half of eligible Rhode Island voters participated in Tuesday’s statewide election, and the state's next secretary of state says she's going to try to increase that percentage.

The latest tally by the state Board of Elections shows that 44 percent percent of registered voters cast a ballot on Tuesday. Secretary of State-elect Nellie Gorbea says she’s not satisfied with that kind of turnout and wants to get more people involved in state government.

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Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza joins Political Roundtable to discuss his victory in this week's election and what it means for Rhode Island's capital city; the win for governor by Democrat Gina Raimondo over Republican Allan Fung; the continued electoral success of Rhode Island Democrats; and the defeat at the polls for a constitutional convention.

Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q+A to talk about a host of issues facing the city, including taxes, schools, the structural deficit, relations with the City Council, and developing the former I-195 land.

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