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It's starting to feel like winter, but the political beat continues to run hot. 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. 1. Watch for the Fight for 15 -- a $15 minimum wage -- to emerge as an issue in the General Assembly's 2017 session. "I can't speak for every progressive in the House, but I know there's a large number of representatives who care passionately about...

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Providence and state officials unveiled Thursday what is likely the final proposal for the 6-10 connector reconstruction project. The aging highway system needs immediate replacement, according to the Governor's office. Several plans to fix it have pitted urban planning advocates against state officials and cost concerns. Advocates complained that a state proposal ignored the needs of city neighborhoods, cyclists and pedestrians. State officials, meanwhile, contended that an alternative plan...

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Governor Gina Raimondo took part a ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday to mark the start of the first development utilizing the state's Rebuild RI tax credit. The Commons at Providence Station will create 169 apartments on 2.85 acres of vacant land near the Providence train station. The project is utilizing a $5.6 million Rebuild RI tax credit and a 15-year tax stabilization agreement with the City of Providence. Raimondo hailed the development as a sign of positive momentum in the state,...

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UPDATE: Gov. Gina Raimondo has appointed Tom Guthlein Acting Associate Director of Program Operations at DHS to oversee the customer service team. Director Melba Depeña-Affigne’s role has not changed.

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Michigan was the scene of the tightest race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, with Clinton losing by less than 11,000 votes. It was a state that had been considered part of the Democrats’ firewall, until it fell to Trump. The head of Clinton’s Michigan campaign, Stephen Neuman, was previously chief of staff for Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo. Neuman stopped by our studio to talk about his experience in Michigan.

Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the status of some high-profile projects, the effectiveness of state incentives, the outlook on working with the Trump administration, and much more.

Your faithful correspondent took most of this week off, in large part to rake leaves, so this week's column is a bit abbreviated. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome , and you can follow me through the week on the twitters . Here we go. 1. Governor Gina Raimondo continues to draw sharply contrasting reactions as she reaches the mid-point of her four-year term. Wall Street Journal editorial writer Allysia Finley , a long-time Raimondo fan...

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State Rep-elect Ken Mendonca (R-Portsmouth) joins Political Roundtable to discuss his election to the House, and how Governor Gina Raimondo is doing at mid-term. Plus, the panel's picks for Turkeys of the Year, and stories for which we were thankful.

Trump-world continues to assemble before our eyes, even as America prepares to pause next week for Thanksgiving. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow through the week on the twitters . Here we go. 1. Although Steven Frias remains on the losing side of his challenge to House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello , the race will have a lasting impact on the General Assembly. On election night, the Democratic speaker downplayed the...

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Governor Gina Raimondo said she's not sure what to expect from the administration of President-elect Donald Trump, although she's concerned about the possible repeal of Obamacare, likes Trump's plan to boost federal infrastructure spending, and vows that Rhode Island will protect the civil rights of its citizens.

A Superior Court judge has ordered Hewlett Packard Enterprise to continue its disputed work on the DMV computer system. Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein issued a temporary restraining order requested by the state. That means Hewlett Packard Enterprise, or HPE, must legally keep working on the long-delayed multi-million dollar computer system for the DMV. Silverstein ruled the state would suffer immediate and irreparable harm if work on the DMV computer system ground to a halt. He...

Expect the unexpected when it comes to politics, right? Yes and no. While Tuesday's presidential election offered a big surprise, General Assembly results in the Ocean State mostly represent a lack of change. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments remain welcome , and you can follow me through the week on the twitters . Here we go. 1. As Election Day dawned earlier this week, 538.com put Hillary Clinton 's chances of victory at better than 70 percent. The...

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All you needed to know about yesterday’s election in Rhode Island was on display last night at the Garden Room at Biltmore Hotel in downtown Providence, the ancestral home of Democratic Party election bashes for generations. By 10:30, the room was a morgue. Gov. Gina Raimondo was gone and U.S. Reps. Jim Langevin and David Cicilline were nowhere to be found. Seth Magaziner, the state treasurer whose family is close to Hillary Clinton, was MIA or in witness protection. Looking for state...

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is headed to New Hampshire Thursday night to join New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, who is the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the Granite State, at a campaign event for Hillary Clinton’s presidential quest. Raimondo and Hassan, both Democrats, will appear at a telephone bank kick-off in the southern New Hampshire town of Exeter. Raimondo is scheduled to return to Rhode Island Thursday evening. Hassan is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte in...

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Governor Gina Raimondo said Thursday she picked the new colonel of the state police based on her qualifications and her ability to bring more diversity to the agency. "Col. Assumpico has 40 years of experience," Raimondo said when asked by reporters if she picked Assumpico because of her gender. "She has experience as a cop, experience as a correctional officer; she's been on the Rhode Island State Police for 25 years; she's been a member of the command staff; she's worked in every barracks,...

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