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The House Finance Committee plans this Tuesday to begin a series of hearings on community service grants.

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A proposal by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello to strengthen the state Ethics Commission is due to be introduced Tuesday.

An enhanced ethics oversight has not always been a priority for Mattiello. The speaker’s office declined to provide details about Mattiello’s ethics proposal prior to its introduction. But Mattiello’s interest in the issue has heartened some longtime government watchdogs.


House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says lawmakers should not be able to get paid through state community service grants.

The grants are facing scrutiny due to the resignation Tuesday of former House Finance Chairman Ray Gallison.

Gallison received tens of thousands of dollars in pay from community service grants for his work for an education nonprofit. Mattiello says that’s wrong.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate to give a grant that a member specifically receives numeration out of to any organizations,” said Mattiello.


After several days of campaigning, and a pair of conflicting local polls in Rhode Island, the race between Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary seemed up in the air before Tuesday’s primary.

But Sanders was able to pull off a win, by a surprising 12 percentage points. Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender brings us this report from Sanders' Ocean State watch-party. 

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Hillary Clinton claimed primary victories in Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania, but on the Democratic side at least, Rhode Island went its own way. Nearly 55 percent of voters in the Democratic primary chose Sanders, compared with 43 percent for Clinton. Sanders' margin of victory was larger than expected.

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The Republican Presidential front runner Donald Trump will be in Warwick Monday. He held a rally at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick this afternoon.

Trump is the latest candidate to stop in Rhode Island, as Tuesday's presidential primary approaches. Over the weekend, fellow Republican John Kasich stumped at Bryant University. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders also held rallies in Central Falls and Providence respectively.

The presidential primary is just days away, and three of the candidates plan to visit Rhode Island this weekend. Republican John Kasich will speak in Smithfield this Saturday morning. Democrat Hillary Clinton holds a rally in Central Falls later in the day. And her rival Bernie Sanders will address a crowd in Providence on Sunday.

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Republican presidential candidate John Kasich addressed a crowd at Bryant University Saturday, just a few days before Rhode Island's presidential primary.

Speaking on a range of issues, the Ohio governor discussed his childhood in Pennsylvania coal country, his concerns about the national debt, and his belief that government should ease regulation to help small business owners.

"Our job is not to play politics, do focus groups, worry about re-election," Kasich said. "The fundamental problem we’ve had in America is our leadership has been very poor."

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Hillary Clinton was in Central Falls Saturday to campaign in advance of Tuesday’s primary election. 

Rhode Island’s Democractic leadership turned out in force to welcome Clinton, including the state’s congressional delegation and Gov. Gina Raimondo.

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Immigration consistently ranks as the number one issue in national surveys of Latino voters, such as surveys by Latino Decisions and Univision News. But education and the economy are not far behind. As part of our RhodyVotes '16 coverage, we talked to some Latino voters about what's driving them to the polls. 

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Former gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell and his wife Michelle Kwan are making the rounds for Hillary Clinton in Rhode Island this week, as the Clinton campaign looks to keep up momentum from a win in New York. Pell spoke at a house party for Clinton in Kingston on Tuesday.

“People were so excited about Hillary, they wanted to know how to get involved to sign up to go knock on doors, to make phone calls, and also to people who were still making up their minds,” said Pell.

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A week after her husband former President Bill Clinton stopped by, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will stump in the Ocean State. Clinton will appear somewhere in the state for a rally Saturday. 

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The presidential primary comes to Rhode Island in less than a week, and as part of our Rhody Votes ’16 coverage, we’re talking to voters across the state about the candidates and the issues that matter to them.

Our producer Joan Moses met Barbara Scott at the Coffee Depot in Warren. She’s a registered Independent weighing a vote for Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton.

You can listen to the rest of our RhodyVotes ‘16 voter postcards here.


The Rhode Island primary is just one week away, and for some voters it will be the first opportunity to cast a ballot in any election. As our RhodyVotes ’16 coverage continues, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Chuck Hinman sits down with three students who all plan to vote for the first time next Tuesday. 

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Ohio Governor, and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich will make a campaign stop in Rhode Island. His team made the announcement Sunday.