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Jeremy Licht, deputy chief of staff to Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, is leaving the administration to return to the private sector, RI Public Radio has learned.

Licht, the son of Superior Court Judge Richard Licht, joined Raimondo's office as senior counsel in 2016. He previously worked as general counsel for the Commerce Corporation, the state's economic development agency.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is hiring Jonathan Blair -- who guided Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy's re-election in 2014 -- as her campaign manager, Rhode Island Public Radio has learned from multiple sources.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo said she stands behind the proposed deal for a new PawSox stadium in Pawtucket and disagrees with House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's view that the deal should be renegotiated.

National Grid

National Grid reports only about 300 customers remain without power as of Friday night. The bulk of the remaining customers are in Providence County. 

According to the latest utility estimates, power should be restored around 12:15 a.m. Saturday. 

More Than 1,500 People Remain Without Power In RI

Despite what National Grid described as round-the-clock efforts, more than 1,500 customers are going into day five with no power, following Sunday’s storm with hurricane strength winds. 

The damage caused by the storm is some of the most disruptive in recent history, according to the utility's website

The past week has featured a blur of campaign announcements, and Rhode Island’s 2018 campaign season is just getting started. 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.


The 2018 Rhode Island political campaign season kicked off last week with announcements on the Republican side of the campaign for governor and more.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts.

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The chairman of the Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee said the committee will no longer consider the PawSox' quest for a new stadium in Pawtucket unless the team provides details about its profits and revenues.

Businessman and former state senator Giovanni Feroce said he feels compelled to join a crowded Republican field for governor, mostly because the other candidates are not discussing how Rhode Island will be changed over the next quarter-century by the sweeping effects of technology.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung used his campaign announcement Tuesday to describe himself as the answer for Rhode Islanders who are unhappy with Democratic Governor Gina Raimondo and her job performance.

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Rhode Island House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan has announced her Republican run for governor, setting the stage for an expected three-way GOP primary in September 2018 between the West Warwick state lawmaker, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, and former Rep Joseph Trillo of Warwick.

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Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket announced plans last week to close, citing financial troubles. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that while politicians protest, no one should be surprised at this development. 

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Construction is under way at the Wexford Innovation Complex in the I-195 District in Providence. Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo calls the project a game-changer for the state’s economy. But is the governor’s optimism justified?

Mid-October is here and we're zipping through the calendar. 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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In the famous words of an old friend and colleague Charlie Bakst (the ProJo’s longtime political columnist, when the state’s largest newspaper had such a position), I’m getting cranky.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo went off on the local media at a Brown forum this week. Among her complaints: the Providence Journal is no longer what it once was, television news has become more sensational and talk radio is, well, silly (those were not her exact words, but we get her drift). Sam Howard at, and my friend and partner in crime here at RIPR Ian Donnis, have both written thoughtful things about this and I commend them.


In an effort to trim costs, Gov. Gina Raimondo’s administration is offering veteran state employees an incentive of up to $40,000 in an early retirement package, according to a memo sent to state employees by State Administration Director Mike DiBiase.