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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The two gubernatorial frontrunners, independent Lincoln Chafee and Democrat Frank Caprio, traded charges Monday over which of them would be more fiscally responsible.

Caprio has repeatedly criticized Chafee's proposal to add a one percent sales tax on currently exempt items. During a Providence news conference, Chafee says that's hypocritical since Caprio backed a series of tax and fee increases during his long legislative career.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The four candidates running for governor all said they would not take the words "and Providence Plantation" out of the state's official name. The question was posed Thursday night at a debate at Brown University.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – All this week, WRNI Political Analyst Scott MacKay is talking with the candidates in Rhode Island's attorney general race. We continue today with Independent candidate Kevin McKenna.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio says he wants to cut spending by reducing the number of departments in state government.

But during a news conference Wednesday, Caprio declined to say which departments he would cut, or what other specific steps he would take to save money.

"You've got to look at what the plan and the vision is," Caprio says. "I'm not laying out today all the X, Ys, and Zs of it, because we're not there yet."

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State Rep. David Segal has taken a job at a new national progressive political action committee after losing the Democratic nomination to succeed Rhode Island's Patrick Kennedy in Congress.

Segal on Monday says he's joined Demand Progress, which launched last week. It was started by Aaron Swartz, who co-founded news filtering service Reddit.

Segal lost a four-way primary to Providence Mayor David Cicilline this month.

The PAC is based in Cambridge, Mass., but Segal says he plans to stay in Rhode Island.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Gubernatorial candidates Lincoln Chafee and Frank Caprio held fundraisers in Newport yesterday. Caprio's was closed to the press but Chafee's was not.

Chafee, who has spent more than $800,000 of his family's money on his independent race for governor, got some help Sunday from Newport society. In a fundraiser that spanned three adjoining mansions, 125 guests donated a combined total of $35,000.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says investing in infrastructure and reaching across political lines is how Rhode Island and the rest of the country will dig its way out of the recession.

Bloomberg made the comment during his endorsement Thursday of Independent gubernatorial candidate Lincoln Chafee. Bloomberg says it takes leadership to reach across party lines and to raise taxes.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The unofficial results show David Cicilline clinching the Democratic nomination for the 1st Congressional District and Angel Taveras beating the other three Democrats running for Mayor of Providence.

1st Congressional District
Providence Mayor David Cicilline held the lead all night, ending up with 37 percent of the vote. Unofficial results show Anthony Gemma with 23 percent, David Segal with 20 percent, and Bill Lynch with 20 percent.

Providence, R.I. – Democrat Frank Caprio has a strong likelihood of winning the governor's office, according to one political analyst.

A forecast done by analyst Nate Silver and published by the New York Times finds that as of Sept. 3 Caprio has a 61 percent chance of winning. That's based on a matchup with independent candidate Cincoln Chafee -- who is said to have a 34 percent chance of victory -- and republican john robitaille -- who is given a five percent chance.

Providence, R.I. – Three of the four Republican candidates vying for the 2nd Congressional District seat said fixing the illegal immigration problem involves a mix of board security and documenting the illegal workers already in the country.

Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation expects to close on the deal to give a $75-million loan guarantee to a video game company headed by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. WRNI's Scott MacKay takes a look at a company that didn't get any financing by the EDC.

Providence, R.I. – A special election will be held in North Providence to replace three former council members who resigned in May amid corruption charges.

Seven candidates will be on the ballot in today's election-- three Democrats, two Republicans and two independents. They are vying for two district seats and one at-large seat.

Providence, R.I. – State Republican Chairman Giovanni Cicione yesterday unveiled a new effort to challenge the dominance of General Assembly Democrats.

Looking to brand themselves, Republicans rolled out what they're calling "Rhode Island Clean Slate." It's meant to supplement the individual efforts of about 100 Republican and independent legislative candidates. Related bus ads and radio spots are set to start this week.

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Providence, R.I. – Victor Moffitt is so busy he doesn't have much time for reporters. So Moffitt talked about his run for Governor in the car - as he shuttled between town halls to drop off signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Providence, R.I. – We continue our coverage of the future of Rhode Island's fist Congressional District now that Patrick Kennedy has decided not to seek a ninth term in Congress. In this interview with WRNI Political Analyst Scott MacKay, we hear from William Lynch.