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George Blessing, a staff psychologist at Cranston High School West, is accused of failing to report allegations to child welfare authorities of, “sexual abuse of a child in an educational program.” Blessing is the first person to face charges under Rhode Island’s newly amended child abuse reporting law. A hearing on a motion to dismiss the trial, as well as the potential start of the trial itself had to be postponed, after the prosecutor from the Attorney General's office fell ill. The trial has been rescheduled for early January.

March bursts upon the scene with a blast of cold air, as lawmakers return to Smith Hill and the political pot keeps bubbling. Thanks for stopping by for my weekend column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

State Rep. Jason Knight (D-Barrington) joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the larger progressive caucus in the House; the debate over a bill seeking to codify Roe v. Wade; the job performance of Governor Gina Raimondo; and much more.

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State Rep. Jason Knight (D-Barrington) joins Political Roundtable to discus why he ran for the General Assembly; whether he supports Governor Raimondo's college tuition plan; and his reaction to President Donald Trump's address to Congress this week.

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Rhode Island House Majority Leader John DeSimone, D-Providence, who was narrowly defeated in the September primary, is announcing tomorrow that he is mounting a November general election write-in challenge to the political newcomer who defeated him in the primary, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell.

Political newcomer Jason Knight defeated veteran State Rep. Jan Malik in the District 67 Democratic primary by winning a huge victory in the two Barrington precincts, even as Knight lost the two polling places in Malik’s Warren stronghold.

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While many Ocean State voters are more focused on August vacations than politics, candidates for the legislature are knocking on doors, appearing at coffee hours and pleading for votes at taverns and ethnic clubs.