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Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Bonus Q+A to talk about whether mail ballots are too easily obtained, what steps should be taken to increase disclosure by lobbyists, how to better encourage voting participation, and more.

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Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Political Roundtable to talk about what needs to be done to improve lobbying oversight; whether she'll move to oppose Voter ID; her reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address; and more.

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Separate Senate committees gave initial approval Tuesday to two of Governor Gina Raimondo’s nominees to lead state agencies. Both of the nominees held positions in the Chafee administration.

In the Senate Judiciary Committee, State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell won unanimous backing to remain the director of the state Department of Public Safety. 

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President Barack Obama delivered his sixth state of the Union address last night.  His main focus was the middle class, as the nation continues to recover from an economic downturn.  

Providence City Council President Luis Aponte joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss his views on how to improve the city's economy, his working relationship with Mayor Jorge Elorza, his fines from the state Board of Elections, and other subjects.

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The newly elected president of the Providence City Council, Luis Aponte, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the use of tax stabilization agreements; the budget outlook in the capital city; Governor Gina Raimondo's early moves on the economy, and more.


A bill scheduled to be introduced Thursday would use tax credits to try to spark the creation of jobs.  

State Representative Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick) is introducing his job development tax credit bill for the third time. He said it’s modeled on a program that incentivizes larger employers to create jobs by lowering their taxes.

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The state Senate has started scheduling confirmation hearings for four of the nomination made by Governor Gina Raimondo for her administration. The first four hearings center on holdovers from Lincoln Chafee’s time in office.


The confirmation process for Governor Raimondo’s nominees is slated to start next Tuesday. That’s when separate Senate committees will take up the nominations of Charles Fogarty as head of the Division of Elderly Affairs, and of State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell to remain director of the Department of Public Safety.

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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse calls a legislative package he unveiled Monday a way to make taxes fairer for middle-class Americans.

Whitehouse says the three bills in his package represent $310 billion dollars over 10 years -- and could help pay for other tax cuts sought by Republicans.

Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee, who was sworn in Tuesday, joins Bonus Q+A to talk about trying to reduce the cost of operating HealthSource RI, the outlook on lowering electricity prices, his plans for using his new office, and more.

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Rhode Island's new lieutenant governor, Daniel McKee, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Governor Gina Raimondo's inaugural address; his focal points as he starts on the job; the challenges facing Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, and more.


Legislative leaders opened the new General Assembly session yesterday by pledging to focus on jobs and education.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed unanimously won re-election to their leadership posts.  Mattiello began his chamber’s 2015 session by vowing to keep a continued focus on jobs and the economy.  Mattiello won his first full two-year term as speaker on a unanimous vote.

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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.


Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian is being inaugurated Tuesday. The mayor will be taking a RIPTA bus to his inaugural event to highlight the city’s push to become a transportation hub.


On a split vote, the Providence City Council Monday elected a new president.  Luis Aponte says he’ll reach out to the councilors who voted for his opponent.

Aponte has represented Lower South Providence and Washington Park since the late 90s. He defeated rival candidate Nicholas Narducci on a 9-to-6 vote. Aponte said he hopes to work in partnership with the new mayor of Providence, Jorge Elorza.  “I plan to whenever and whereever possible work closely with the mayor to ensure that we create a climate where the city can grow and move forward,” said Aponte.