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The fallout from two significant events will remain in the air when Rhode Island lawmakers return from their mid-winter break next week. 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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Mike Stenhouse, CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the criminal case involving state Sen. Nicholas Kettle and the question of why RI's business community isn't more politically active.

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Rhode Island Center For Freedom & Prosperity CEO Mike Stenhouse joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues, including state incentives, the PawSox debate, the rhetorical battle between progressives and conservatives, and much more.

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Embattled Rhode Island state Sen. Nicholas Kettle resigned Thursday, criticizing Senate leaders for not understanding "the importance of due process as a cornerstone of our legal system" and saying that he wants to focus on "the unfounded allegations against me."

A lawyer for Kettle, Priscilla Facha DiMario, said the senator's letter of resignation will be delivered to the Statehouse at 2 pm.

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In an unprecedented move, the Rhode Island Senate has scheduled an expulsion vote for Sen. Nicholas Kettle (R-Coventry), who is accused of video voyeurism and extorting sex from a male Senate page in 2011.

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With a campaign message challenging the status quo, Rhode Island Sen. Nicholas Kettle welcomed the attempt to bolster the state GOP's perennial uphill fight against the Democrats who run the General Assembly.

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Rhode Island state Sen. Nicholas Kettle pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he twice extorted a former legislative page to engage in sex in 2011.

A sadly familiar story dominates the news once again.  Meanwhile, the political beat remains busy in the Biggest Little. As usual your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Rhode Island state Senator Nicholas Kettle (R-Coventry) was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of video voyeurism and extortion.

Kettle, 27, has served in the Senate since first winning election in 2010.

Asked about the allegations underlying the voyeurism charge, State Police Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Philbin said, “Basically, he transmitted pornographic pictures of his girlfriend without her permission electronically.”

State Senator Dawn Euer (D-Newport) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of legislative issues, including the progressive movement, the PawSox stadium debate, abortion rights, redevelopment in Newport, and much more.

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Two top state lawmakers are introducing a bill Wednesday to rename T.F. Green Airport as Rhode Island International Airport, a move meant to bolster the airport's recognition.

There was a lot going down in Providence this week, so that's a good place to start 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.

The political heat is rising, slowly but surely, as we move closer to election season. 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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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q&A ahead of his latest State of the City address to talk finances, Providence's long-term structural issues, education, negotiating a new contract with the Providence Teachers Union, and more.

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