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Governor Gina Raimondo has been in office for almost 18 months. She stopped by our studio Thursday to talk about a range of issues, including today’s visit to Rhode Island by Vice President Joe Biden. For more conversation with the governor, check our Political Roundtable segment.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello’s plan for revising the awarding legislative community service grants will emerge in about a week. Mattiello acknowledges the grants have become a political mess. The resignation earlier this month of House Finance Chairman Ray Gallsion sparked scrutiny of the community service grants. The state is giving out $11 million in the grants to nonprofit groups this year. Recent hearings on the grants attracted attention when only one lawmaker attended one of the mid...

Speaking Monday, U.S. Senator Jack Reed echoed calls for unity among Democrats in the lead up to the presidential election. But Reed stopped short of saying it's time for fellow Senator Bernie Sanders to drop out of the Democratic nominating contest. "That’s a decision that Senator Sanders is going to have to make," Reed said "But I think it should be clearer and clearer to him that we have to be a united party to be successful in November." Reed expressed confidence that Democrats would come...

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Rhode Islanders considering running for public office have an upcoming opportunity to learn about campaign fundamentals. The non-partisan good government group Operation Clean Government is staging its latest “Candidate School” on June 4 at Rhode Island College. The head of Operation Clean Government, Margaret Kane, stopped by our studio to discuss the event.

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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. The Ethics Commission was created in the late 1980s to be among the strongest such agencies in the...

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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...

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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. With less than 100 people, the crowd at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Providence, was much...

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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. As part of our RhodyVotes ’16 coverage, we’ve been asking voters what they think of the candidates. Our producer Stefania Gomez spoke to residents in Cranston and...

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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...

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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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