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Just another ho-hum week in Rhode Island politics, right? The news emerged fast and furious Wednesday, in a likely harbinger of a lot more drama in the months to come. 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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Last week’s Rhode Island political developments among both Democrats and Republicans shook up the 2018 political campaigns. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay analyzes the new landscape.


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Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello concedes he made a mistake by exceeding state campaign finance laws by about $72,000 in the midst of a very tight re-election fight for his Cranston state representative seat in 2016. But he said the violation did not make a difference in the outcome of his 85-vote win over Republican Steven Frias.

Mattiello said he had more than enough at the time to draw the $72,000 from his personal campaign account, and he likened the campaign violation documented by the state Board of Elections to using the wrong checking account to pay a bill.

Only about two months remain until the filing deadline to run for public office in Rhode Island this year, so a more active phase of campaign season is approaching. With that in mind, 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 Gov. Gina Raimondo faces headwinds in her reelection campaign. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses why the governor is so well-regarded outside the state but not so well-liked at home. 

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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It’s that time of year again: income tax filings are due. And candidates for governor are talking about cutting taxes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says voters should be wary of political tax promises.

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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? 

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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.

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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.

What if there were predictions of a big snow storm and the forecasted flakes failed to materialize? Well, unexpected stuff happens -- in weather, as in politics. With that note, 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.

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. 

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.

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