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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is widely expected to win Rhode Island later this month. But some local Republicans are not happy with the idea of Trump as their nominee.

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Local voters will go to the polls in a little more than three weeks, on April 26. As part of our RhodyVotes ’16 coverage, Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis went looking for answers about how and why Trump zipped to the front of the local Republican presidential field.

It was quite the week in Rhode Island politics, and the fallout led to tardy publication of this week's column. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Insurgent Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has to offer detailed solutions to the problems he's hammered away at if he's going to win broader GOP support, the chairman of Marco Rubio's Rhode Island campaign said Wednesday.

Trump remains the Republican front-runner, but the party's support remains divided, and some Republicans are unwilling to back Trump.

"I think he has a lot of 'splainin to do on how he's going to do things," Gary Sasse told RIPR.

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State Representative Daniel Reilly (R-Portsmouth), a Marco Rubio supporter, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss fallout from Super Tuesday, Donald Trump's impact on the Republican Party, and whether truck tolls will be an effective issue for GOP legislative candidates this fall.

State Representative Daniel Reilly (R-Portsmouth) joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the state's infrastructure, ethics, marijuana legalization, the outlook for electing more GOP lawmakers, and other issues.

Quite the busy week in Rhode Island politics, with RhodeWorks sprinting through the legislature. Thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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The Republican Policy Group, a group of GOP lawmakers, unveiled an effort Wednesday to reduce wasteful state spending.

They held a Statehouse news conference to tout Waste-O-Meter -- a giant thermometer meant to highlight government waste.

State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) said the Republican Policy Group is looking for the public's help in identifying wasteful spending.

Jeff Britt, one of Rhode Island's best-known Republican operatives, is pointing to what he calls anti-Muslim statements by Donald Trump and other politicians as the explanation for why on Thursday he formally left the GOP.

Britt said he has been a registered Republican since around the time when he was in college in the late 1980s. He disaffiliated from the party Thursday morning at Warwick City Hall.

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! I'm grateful for our listeners/readers at RIPR, my excellent colleagues in the local media, the staffers and spokespeople on the beat, and of course, Rhode Island politics -- the gift that keeps giving. With that in mind, feel free to drop me a tip or comment via email and to follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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UPDATE: Former three-term state rep. Amy Rice, a Democrat, said she is considering running for the state Senate seat vacated this week by Christopher Ottiano. Rice, a lawyer who was defeated by Republican Daniel Reilly in 2010, said her career and family will be the top factors in her consideration of whether to pursue the Senate seat. Rice worked in the Chafee administration as a legal counsel and policy official.

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State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick), deputy minority leader in the House, stopped by our studio to talk about a variety of issues facing the state.

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