2018 RI governor campaign

Time always seems to speed up in summer, right? It'll be August before we know it, then September, and the political milestones of November and January won't be far behind. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column, Your tips and comments remain welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. (Program note: I'm taking some time off, so TGIF will return later this month.) Here we go.

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has imposed a $100,000 fine on a California investment company for violating pay to play rules meant to prevent political contributions from influencing investment decisions. An executive with the company, Oaktree Capital Management, made a $1,000 contribution to Gina Raimondo when she was running for governor in 2014, but it was refunded a few weeks later.

Summer is here, the General Assembly has adjourned and the political news keeps coming fast and furious. 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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The filing deadline to declare a campaign for public office in Rhode Island passed at 4 p.m. Thursday. But final details have not yet been filed by cities and towns with the Secretary of State's office, so information is incomplete at this point.

This report will be expanded as more details become available.

Here are some highlights from what we do know:

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's gubernatorial campaign is moving from its controversial office location at Chapel View in Cranston to a different space in Warwick.

The Carpionato Group, which owns Chapel View and pursues development throughout New England, has received attention for providing office space to Fung and Cranston Democrats without collecting rent. The stories were first reported by WPRI-TV.

The Carpionato Group contributed to the cost of a campaign mailer that supported Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello in 2016.

The mailer was paid for by a group called Progress RI, which was chaired by Richard Ferruccio, the president of the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers. The mailer identifies the "only donors" as Tasca Automotive Group, Carpionato Group and Cardi's Furniture.

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Two rivals of GOP gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and Republican Patricia Morgan, filed complaints Monday against Fung with the state Board of Elections about questions surrounding Fung's campaign headquarters in Cranston. The non-partisan good government group Common Cause of Rhode Island also filed a complaint against Fung.

The complaints by the rival campaigns ask the Elections Board to probe the issue, which includes how Fung wound up for not paying rent to developer Carpionato Group for his Chapel View campaign office in 2016.

The Rhode Island House budget vote is monkeying with our column-writing schedule, so this week's TGIF is a bit abbreviated. But we're still checking the pulse of Ocean State politics and appreciate your stopping by. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Just another quiet week in the Biggest Little. 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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Rhode Island GOP gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan, the Republican leader in the RI House, joins Political Roundtable to discuss fallout from a potentially costly mistake at the Exeutive Office of Health and Human Services, the race for governor, and the outlook on the PawSox.

It's Memorial Day weekend, a time to reflect on the sacrifices of others while also looking to summer pleasures. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can reach me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Campaign season continues to heat up, with the end-of-June filing deadline drawing ever closer. 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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Democrat Matt Brown hopes a rippling circle of support will enable him to defeat Gov. Gina Raimondo in Rhode Island's Democratic primary.

Brown, who has previously signaled his intention to run to the left of Raimondo, said the idea is to get steadily more people involved with his insurgent campaign. He said he expects about 150 supporters to attend a launch event at 6 p.m. Monday at the Southside Cultural Center in Providence.

The May Revenue Estimating Conference is in the books, signaling the beginning of the end of the legislative session, and all the excitement that comes with that. 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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The leader of Rhode Island's Republican Party, Brandon Bell, on the intensifying race for governor, President Trump's move to take the U.S. out of the nuclear agreement with Iran, and the outlook for increasing GOP ranks in the General Assembly.

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