2018 gubernatorial race

One need not suffer from triskaidekaphobia to question Rhode Island's budget outlook. But lawmakers are heading off on their spring break, and the weather shows some (brief) signs of improvement, so it will have to wait. Thanks, regardless, for stopping by for my weekly column. 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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Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung unveiled a proposal Wednesday to lower the sales tax in Rhode Island, reduce fees, and introduce a business concierge program.

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Republican candidate Giovanni Feroce said he will cut taxes sharply, try to make Rhode Island a right to work state, and instill a reliance on blockchain technology if he wins election as Rhode Island's next governor.

During a mid-day campaign event in front of a few dozen supporters at the Eleven Forty Nine restaurant in East Greenwich on Tuesday, Feroce spent almost 20 minutes praising the entrepreneurial spirit of George Washington before launching into his policy prescriptions. He said his focus will be on creating prosperity through education, employment and retirement.

To paraphrase a remark (mistakenly) attributed to Mark Twain, the coldest winter I ever spent was a spring in southern New England. But we roll with the punches, right? 

Independent candidate for Rhode Island governor Joe Trillo joins Bonus Q&A to talk about his message to voters, the debate over public subsidies for a new PawSox stadium, and much more.

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Independent candidate for governor Joe Trillo joins Political Roundtable to discuss his campaign and President Trump's stance on Dreamers.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor, road-tested economic campaign themes Friday night and took some shots at Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo – without mentioning her by name- as he delivered his annual city budget address to the city council.

Andrew Augustus

Andrew Augustus is joining Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's GOP gubernatorial campaign as press secretary.

Augustus previously worked as a reporter for WPRO AM and as a press associate for Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza.

Augustus recently returned to Rhode Island after briefly residing in Nevada.

We're closing in on the start of the baseball season, although you might not know it from the weather. Plus, the political cauldron continues to boil in the Biggest Little. So thanks for stopping by. Your comments are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go. 

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Matt Brown joins Political Roundtable to discuss his independent run for governor, some of his policy proposals, and the ongoing debate over gun violence.

Matt Brown

Independent candidate for governor Matt Brown joins Bonus Q&A to talk about his campaign and related topics, including Rhode Island's economy, whether he'd make a Republican victory more likely, the PawSox, and much more.

This week offered further proof that Rhode Island politics is the gift that keeps giving, right? Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Matt Brown

Former Rhode Island Secretary of State Matt Brown, who vanished from the local political scene after an ill-fated 2006 run for U.S. Senate, said Thursday he's planning an independent campaign for governor.

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A poll released Monday by WPRI-TV, Channel 12, shows Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and one of the Republicans seeking to challenge her, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, in a statistical dead heat.

March is here, along with a new activist movement influencing the gun debate in Rhode Island. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. 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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