2018 gubernatorial race

Governor Gina Raimondo has a campaign balance of more than $2.6 million at the end of the second quarter of 2017.

That dwarfs the $180,000 balance held by Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, Raimondo's Republican rival from 2014.

The calendar keeps zipping along, with August coming up fast. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Former Warwick state Rep. Joe Trillo, a prospective GOP candidate for governor, joined Political Roundtable this week to discuss his political future; the hot mic remarks made this week by U.S. Sen. Jack Reed; and the outlook on Obamacare in Washington, D.C.

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Former Warwick state Rep. Joe Trillo, a potential GOP gubernatorial candidate next year, joined Bonus Q&A this week to discuss a range of issues, including his support for Donald Trump; immigration; and why Republicans struggle to build their ranks in the General Assembly.

So much for summer doldrums. The political beat keeps running hot and heavy in the Biggest Little. 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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Warwick Republican Joe Trillo is staging a public event Tuesday, which he describes as a forum to discuss Rhode Island’s future.

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House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) joins Political Roundtable to discuss the legislative budget; the debate over a high-profile gun bill; and why she's considering a run for governor next year.

Rhode Island's next big election season is slowly emerging even as summer beckons. So 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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Former RI Governor Lincoln Chafee joins Political Roundtable to discuss his political future, former FBI Director James Comey's testimony to Congress, and the proposed phase out of the car tax.

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Former Governor Lincoln Chafee takes part in Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues, including Governor Raimondo's approach to economic development; 38 Studios; the PawSox' stadium proposal; marijuana; and more.

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Former Warwick state Rep. Joe Trillo said he's continuing to seriously consider a run for governor next year.

“Riding both sides of the fence for political gain is not what Rhode Island needs," Trillo said in a statement Wednesday. "I was the only Rhode Island elected official, including Republicans, to support Donald Trump in July of 2015, when he was one of sixteen Republican candidates for President of the United States. Taxpayers deserve a governor who is willing to stand up for his beliefs and walk the talk.”

Governor Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q&A to talk about her relationship with legislative leaders, the outlook on keeping the PawSox in Rhode Island, her move as state treasurer to raise the stake in pension funds and more.

Tax Day is behind us, and the final stretch of the legislative session is looming. So 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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Governor Gina Raimondo's approval rating has increased 10 points in the latest poll by a Washington, D.C., firm, although she still ranks among the lower tier of the nation's governors.

Morning Consult shows Raimondo with a 48 percent approval rating, while 45 percent of respondents disapprove of her. Six percent didn't offer a response, and the finding has a five percentage point margin of error.

More boisterous times in state and national politics. So 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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