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It was quite the week in Rhode Island politics, and the fallout led to tardy publication of this week's column. So 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.

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  Responding to a week of criticism over the state's new tourism campaign, Governor Gina Raimondo announced Friday she has accepted the resignation of the state's chief marketing officer, is recovering some of the spending on the campaign, and will involve Rhode Islanders in a revised effort to better market the state.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.  

This week Mark and Dave sit down with Rhode Island Public Radio Political Analyst Scott MacKay, a vocal critic of a new tourism marketing plan unveiled by state officials this week. 

On Friday, Governor Gina Raimondo announced the resignation of a top state marketing officer and did away with the highly-criticized slogan "cooler and warmer."

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Ian Donnis / RIPR

  Controversy over the new tourism slogan "cooler and warmer" put Rhode Island in the national spotlight last week. On Friday, Gov. Gina Raimondo responded by dropping the slogan and backing away from an earlier comment that Rhode Islanders should stop being so negative.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Betsy Wall, Rhode Island's chief marketing officer, apologized Thursday for the troubled rollout of the state's new $5 million push to promote tourism 

More problems are emerging in relation to a new website unveiled as part of a statewide business and tourism campaign. 

Critics jeered the state's release of a new logo with the slogan Rhode Island: Cooler and Warmer, and a website also unveiled Monday included several embarrassing errors.

A promotional video had to be removed from YouTube Tuesday after it was found to contain footage of Iceland.

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Aaron Read

Is anyone home at the Statehouse? Did the governor go to Davos after all?

Whatever one thinks about the Raimondo Administration’s new cooler-warmer passive aggressive tourism branding, there is an undisputable fact about the new website: It’s a disaster.

Rhode Island: Cooler And Warmer?

Mar 29, 2016
RIPR FILE

Governor Gina Raimondo and the state's Commerce Corporation have announced a new slogan for the Ocean State, Rhode Island: Cooler and Warmer.

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RIPR FILE

Once again, Rhode Island has a mediocre jobs report. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay ponders the state’s economic future.

RI Superior Court

Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Patricia A. Hurst, a jurist of wit, wisdom and legal acumen, is retiring after 26 years on the state trial court.

Hurst sent her retirement letter to Gov. Gina Raimondo today and plans to leave by the end of April.

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Governor Gina Raimondo said Tuesday she's open to the possibility of a statewide referendum on legalizing marijuana.

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