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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.

Jorge Elorza Becomes Providence's 38th Mayor

Jan 5, 2015
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Elorza and a crowd of dignitaries braved the wind and cold to see Jorge Elorza be sworn in as the city’s 38th mayor. Governor-elect Gina Raimondo said she is filled with optimism about the city’s future. Gov. Lincoln Chafee was on hand, as was former mayor Angel Taveras, and the state’s entire congressional delegation.

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House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss expectations for Governor-elect Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza, as well as state tax policy, HealthSource RI, and more.

House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the outlook for RI Republicans, his legislative priorities for 2015, what went wrong for Allan Fung, and other issues.

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A handful of tax policy changes will take effect in the New Year. The differences include dropping the corporate tax rate, from 9 to 7 percent.

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Governor-elect Gina Raimondo is poised to be inaugurated next Tuesday as Rhode Island's first female governor. She sat down at her transition office Tuesday to discuss the top challenges facing the state and other issues.


Research out of the University of Rhode Island shows that more and more, people are living in communities with a common political view. And the political sorting is becoming more polarized with each election.

Are Republicans and Democrats living side by side? That’s what URI professor Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz wanted to know, so she poured over election data and relocation patterns from 1976 to 2012. She found that communities are becoming more politically polarized, but not because people were moving.

West Warwick native Paul Tencher managed winning US Senate campaigns for Democrats Joe Donnelly in Indiana in 2012, and for Gary Peter in Michigan in 2014. He sat down with Bonus Q&A to talk about the national outlook for Democrats and other issues.

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West Warwick native Paul Tencher, who has managed winning Democratic US Senate campaigns in Indiana and Michigan, joins Roundtable to talk about the national challenges facing Democrats; Lincoln Chafee's legacy as governor; the latest administration moves by Governor-elect Gina Raimondo; and more.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is poised next month to win his first full two-year term to what is considered the most powerful post in state government. The Cranston Democrat won a battle for the speakership last March following the resignation of his predecessor, Gordon Fox. Mattiello sat down in his Statehouse office this week to discuss his priorities for 2015 and a host of other issues.

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Teresa Paiva Weed of Newport is poised to be elected next month to her fourth term as president of the Rhode Island Senate. Paiva Weed recently sat down in her Statehouse office to talk about her priorities for 2015 and other issues.

State Representative Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a series of issues, including Coventry fire district woes, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's performance, the struggles of the RI GOP; and more.

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State Representative Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) joins Political Roundtable to discuss Governor-elect Gina Raimondo's early moves on the economy; concern about rising energy prices; and the questions highlighted by fire district problems in Coventry.

A Superior Court judge has ruled that the Secretary of State’s office improperly used the courts to investigate a lobbyist for 38 Studios.

Scott Judge Daniel Procaccini ruled that Secretary of State Ralph Mollis and his lawyer misused the courts when looking into whether Michael Corso was registered with the state while lobbying for the failed video game company.

How did Mollis misuse the courts in the judge’s view? Here to join us with more is Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay

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About 80 business people and other community leaders gathered Tuesday to find ways to bolster the state economy.  Governor-elect Gina Raimondo used the event to introduce her point man on economic development.