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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.

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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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Five Republican lawmakers and one independent unveiled a proposal Wednesday to steer $875 million to improving Rhode Island's decrepit bridges over 10 years without imposing tolls on trucks and without the borrowing costs in a competing plan backed by Governor Gina Raimondo.

There will be a day when Rhode Island moves beyond 38 Studios, but that day is a long time off. The public release Thursday of tens of thousands of pages of documents is just one more step toward trying to get a better understanding of Rhode Island's most recent scandal. So with that in mind, thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me all week on the twitters. Here we go.

It's a somber Friday as we pause to remember 9/11 and the lives lost 14 years ago. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As always, your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Brandon Bell, who won election in March as chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Party, joins Bonus Q+A this week to talk about the GOP outlook, Donald Trump, Governor Raimondo's job performance and much more.

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Rhode Island Republican Party Chairman Brandon Bell joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the way forward for the GOP; Governor Raimondo's changes at the state Department of Transportation; and the governor's proposed pay hikes for the lowest-paid members of her Cabinet.

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The Rhode Island Convention Center Authority came in for sharp criticism from some Republican state lawmakers in a recent report. The authority contends the convention center has a big economic ripple effect in Providence. But the report (now online) by the Republican Policy Group criticizes the authority’s management and taxpayer costs still associated with the convention center.

State revenue is up, the Sox are down, and Friday is here. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me all week-long on the twitters. Here we go.

State Representative Anthony Giarrusso (R-East Greenwich) joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss the merits of reform attempts in the House; what the state can do to help small business; how Republicans can increase their legislative ranks; and more.

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State Representative Anthony Giarrusso (R-East Greenwich) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Governor Raimondo's budget proposal; the PawSox' possible move to Providence; and the outlook on gambling revenue and legalizing marijuana.

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