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Former Cranston police chief Marco Polombo Jr. wants the city to pay for his own legal representation to defend against two pending lawsuits.

A lawyer for Polombo said the ex-chief plans to rebut the 182-page State Police report that has roiled Cranston, and will take action against anyone who harms him or violates his rights.

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Residents and some city councilors said Tuesday the findings of a lacerating State Police report have eroded their trust in Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

During an almost four-hour meeting at City Hall, a few residents called on Fung to resign. Carol Myron described herself as a longtime acquaintance of the mayor, and said she had spent most of the afternoon reading the 182-page report.

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Former attorney general Arlene Violet joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and the State Police report on the Cranston Police Department; where the RI GOP has gone wrong in building an effective opposition; and much more. For more Violet, check her appearance on this week's Political Roundtable.

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Lawyer, commentator and former attorney general Arlene Violet joins Political Roundtable this week 

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung apologized to city residents Tuesday for a host of problems related to the Cranston Police Department. 

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Stephen Neuman, chief of staff for Governor Gina Raimondo, joins Political Roundtable to discuss some positive economic news in Providence; what's next for the Providence stadium proposal; and the state police report examining the Cranston Police Department.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung’s response to a police controversy could damage his political prospects, according to Brown University political science professor Wendy Schiller. Schiller said it will take time for the fallout to settle from a state police report, which alleges the mayor interfered in the Cranston Police Department.

Mayor Fung has declined, at least for now, to release the report, pointing to confidentiality issues. Schiller said that could be a mistake.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is opposing the immediate release of a State Police review that found "deep problems" within the Cranston Police Department, including complaints about political interference by Fung and his staff.

Michael J. Sepe, Cranton's longtime Democratic City Chairman, is running to be mayor in Cranston's November 2016 election. The move comes as Mayor Allan Fung faces the fallout of a State Police report criticizing management of the city's Police Department and the city administration.

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Gov. Gina  Raimondo’s first budget proposes stripping about $2.5 million in state Payments-in-lieu of Taxes aid from Providence city government and another $1.1 million in such payments from Cranston. If you believe the General Assembly is going to allow these cuts you probably believe in the Easter Bunny.

Raimondo’s problem: The communities being hit on this one happen to be home to two of the most influential state lawmakers –House Speaker Nick Mattiello, D-Cranston, and House Majority Leader John DeSimone, D-Providence.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has named a new Director of Administration for the city.  Robert Coupe is a corporate lawyer with a private practice.  

Coupe also served as an attorney for the state of Massachusetts under former governor Mitt Romney.  Coupe served as spokesman for Fung during his unsuccessful bid for Rhode Island governor.     

Mayor Fung said he selected Coupe because, “he offers the right combination of strong public policy experience with a private-sector commitment to promoting greater efficiency and accountability in city government.” 

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Jorge Elorza this afternoon will be inaugurated Providence’s mayor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the challenges the new mayor faces.

After impressive primary and general election  victories, law professor Elorza takes over the spacious second-floor office in the capital city’s Beaux-Arts City Hall. Since his election he has wisely reached out to the city’s warring political and ethnic tribes as he prepares to govern a 21st Century ancient New England port that had its beginnings in the 17th Century.

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