Allan Fung

If you come to a fork in the road, take it. So said Yogi Berra, and the expression seems fitting given recent news. 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 via the twitters. Here we go.

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Across Rhode Island, college graduates are headed to the wider  world. But many of them will spend years paying down the student loans that financed their degrees. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time to give students a break, and bring down the cost of higher education.  (Advance copy of commentary scheduled to air Monday.)

It’s the season of caps and gowns, platitudes and milestones. Families gather round as graduates hoist diplomas for the camera.

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There’s a new crop of firefighters joining the Cranston Fire Department. The department will swear in the first female firefighter in city history.

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Providence city officials are facing criticism for backing legislation that aims to create a regional water authority in the state. 

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Governor Gina Raimondo’s latest campaign finance report shows a balance of more than $2.2 million.

That’s about 25 times the $78,922 that Raimondo’s GOP rival from 2014, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, has in his war chest.

May is almost here, bringing a closer read on state revenue and perhaps even more sunshine. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow me though 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.

Winter will fade away one of these days, right? In the meanwhile, we can celebrate St. Patrick's Day and St. Joseph's Day while continuing to plumb the depths of Rhode Island politics. 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.

March bursts upon the scene with a blast of cold air, as lawmakers return to Smith Hill and the political pot keeps bubbling. Thanks for stopping by for my weekend 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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A police investigation in Cranston has revealed irregularities with eight votes in last November’s election.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said the irregularities include a few duplicate votes and possible voting by non-US citizens. Fung said the irregularities are serious, even if the eight votes did not decide the outcome of any political races.

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With more than 20 months to go until Rhode Island's next gubernatorial election, EMILY's List -- a national group that supports pro-choice women candidates for Congress and governor -- is endorsing Governor Gina Raimondo for re-election.

After a quick jaunt out of town, your humble correspondent is back in the Biggest Little. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your comments and tips are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss a range of issues, including some of President Donald Trump's nominees and his view of Governor Raimondo's free college tuition plan.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Political Roundtable to discuss the settlement involving the last defendant in the 38 Studios case, his level of concern over President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, and his political future.

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Maybe all you have to know about Gov. Gina Raimondo’s free tuition plan is this: Americans with no more than a high school education have now fallen so far behind in salaries that the earnings chasm has reached its widest point on record.

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