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The state Ethics Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a moratorium on outside ethics complaints in the 90 days before a general election.

The moratorium is intended to discourage politically motivated complaints, although the commission reserves the right to launch its own investigations or complaints, commission spokesman Jason Gramitt said.

Common Cause of Rhode Island, Operation Clean Government, and the League of Women Voters supported the moratorium, Gramitt said.

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State Representative John Carnevale maintains his primary residence is in Providence, the city he represents at the General Assembly. Carnevale testified during a hearing Wednesday at the Providence Board of Canvassers.  His residence came under scrutiny following reports by WPRI-TV that the lawmaker appears to live in Johnston.

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State Republican Chairman Brandon Bell joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the RI GOP's plans for 2018, his upcoming trip to the Republican National Convention, and the Republican legislative fight against House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

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State Republican Chairman Brandon Bell joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the FBI report on Hillary Clinton, the latest Donald Trump controversy, and the outlook for increasing GOP ranks in the General Assembly.

Supporters of Linda Finn, a former state rep seeking a comeback this fall, are crying foul after the state Democratic Party endorsed rival Democrat James Cawley in the race for the District 72 seat.

State Democratic Chairman Joseph McNamara, a rep from Warwick, could not be reached for comment.

Party spokeswoman Ann Gooding offered this explanation for why Cawley got the Democratic endorsement instead of a former rep: "Cawley asked for that endorsement, Finn did not."

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Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea said the state's newly signed lobbying law will enable the state to pursue cases of unregistered lobbying.

Governor Gina Raimondo signed the lobbying bill into law Wednesday morning. That came a little more than a year after Gorbea's office dropped unregistered lobbying cases against two figures linked to 38 Studios, Michael Corso and Thomas Zaccagnino, due to flaws in the state's lobbying law.

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Senate Finance Chairman Daniel DaPonte (D-East Providence) joined Bonus Q&A this week to discuss the end of the legislative session, public debt, the future of Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, property taxes, and much more.

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State Senator Daniel DaPonte (D-East Providence), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, joins Political Roundtable to discuss local fallout from the Brexit vote; why more people don't run for the General Assembly; and cross-chamber disagreements at the end of session.

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About one-third of 113 General Assembly seats may go uncontested in fall elections.

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Governor Gina Raimondo has signed an $8.9 billion budget into law. It includes millions of dollars for environmental initiatives. Rhode Island Public Radio news director Elisabeth Harrison gets the details from our environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza. 

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The emergence of a second Republican candidate for the Cranston House seat held by Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is exposing a conflict within the state GOP.

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Four of the 12 Republican state reps in the House of Representatives are not seeking re-election, raising further questions about the GOP's ability to increase its Smith Hill representation.

Community activist Lisa Scorpio has joined the Democratic primary field running against state Rep. John Carnevale (D-Providence).

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