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The Rhode Island Republican Party has filed an ethics complaint over a fundraising agreement between Governor Gina Raimondo and the Providence Democratic City Committee.

There was a lot going down in Providence this week, so that's a good place to start 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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The Rhode Island governors’ race is getting underway. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the campaign’s negative start doesn’t bode well for voters seeking a serious discussion of state issues.


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Common Cause of Rhode Island executive director John Marion said a fundraising agreement between Governor Gina Raimondo and the Providence Democratic City Committee does not appear to violate any laws or ethics guidelines.

The political heat is rising, slowly but surely, as we move closer to election season. 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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Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is urging the U.S. Interior Department to terminate a plan that would allow oil and gas drilling off the coast.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joins Political Roundtable to discuss the ongoing immigration debate and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's use of public safety in Providence as an issue to criticize Gov. Raimondo.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo maintained her huge financial advantage over gubernatorial rivals in fourth-quarter fundraising, with a balance of $3,349,632 towering over the comparable amount ($240,572) for the closest competitor, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

Raimondo has proven an exceptional fundraiser since she entered politics with a 2010 run for state treasurer.

The Providence Journal’s healthcare reporter, Jennifer Bogdan, is taking a post next month as deputy communications director for Governor Gina Raimondo.

Bogdan is joining the governor's communications staff amid the depature of Catherine Rolfe, who is taking a role with Plan International USA, an international NGO based in Warwick. Bodgan starts in the new role February 12.

Chapel Grille is the place to be, right? The Cranston restaurant has emerged as a hot spot for political parlays, with uncertain fallout moving forward. 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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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is proposing to slash funding from a new air quality improvement program that hasn't even started yet.


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Advocates for low-income workers in recent years have pushed in legislatures across the nation for increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit. Now, Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in his budget proposal is asking the commonwealth’s lawmakers to increase the rate from 23 percent to 30 percent.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 includes a large environmental bond worth $48.5 million to fund land and water quality improvements. It's one of four ballot initiatives the governor is proposing for November 2018.  

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo is defending her proposal to add sports betting as a new source of state revenue, pending a decision at the U.S. Supreme Court. 

It was a busy week in Rhode Island politics, so let's take some time to look back and ahead. 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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