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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced Monday new efforts to aid some of the estimated 1,200 "Dreamers" in the Ocean State who could face deportation.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has created a new position called "chief resiliency officer" to help the Ocean State better prepare for climate change. 


Mid-September is here and with it a burst of General Assembly activity. So thanks for stopping by for the return of my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and your can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Rhode Island has been hit with some disappointing economic news lately. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says things can be turned around by partnering, rather than competing, with Massachusetts.

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A majority of Rhode Island’s students are learning in facilities considered below par. That’s according to an independent report commissioned by the Rhode Island Department of Education released Wednesday.

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Rhode Island’s Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to confirm a number of judicial appointments Wednesday. The nominees all have connections at the Statehouse.

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Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is joining with counterparts in other states to sue the federal government over the end of the DACA program. The U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday that it would end the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The program, implemented in 2012, allowed undocumented residents brought to the country as children to defer deportation.

With the flip of the calendar to September, the lull of late summer will soon give way to a burst of political activity: a special legislative session, an intensifying PawSox debate, and the march to the 2018 campaign season. So thanks for stopping by. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. (A quick program note: I'm taking some time off next week, so TGIF will return on September 15). Here we go.

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Felix E. “Feidlim” Gill, of Narragansett, has been nominated to be a Rhode Island Family Court judge by Gov. Gina Raimondo.

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Robert A. Walsh Jr., executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island teachers' union, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the 2018 gubernatorial race, the proposed PawSox stadium in Pawtucket, and problems with the pension fund for Our Lady of Fatima Hospital employees.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo headed to Denver, Colorado Thursday to meet with the CEO of the workforce development company Skillful. According to a spokesman, Raimondo is slated to discuss the potential for collaboration with Rhode Island.  

We're edging ever closer to a lively election year, as seen by the events of the past week. 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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A day after telling Tiverton Republicans that he's running for governor, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said that he'll make a formal announcement later this year and that the governor's office is the only option he's considering for his future.

We'll skip the opening quip this week, because, this week. 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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Some Rhode Island Republicans describe President Donald Trump's controversial remarks about weekend violence in Charlottesville as a communications lapse, while Democrats said Trump made a false equivalency between hate groups and their opponents.

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