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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.

Rhode Island emerged largely unscathed from the initial phase of our first big weather-related test of the new year, so bully for us, hardy New Englanders and cringing weather weenies alike. Thanks for stopping by for my column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters.

Who needs holiday presents when Rhode Island politics is the gift that keeps on giving? 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.

More proof positive this week that Rhode Island politics *is* the gift that keeps on giving. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Without further ado, here we go.

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Former state Rep. Joe Trillo, a one-time national committeeman for the Rhode Island Republican Party, scrambled the Ocean State's 2018 field for governor by announcing Tuesday that he will run as an independent.

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Longtime Rhode Island fundraiser Dee Dee Witman has signed on to help Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung with his fundraising.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan is downplaying findings from a poll released Monday by the campaign of GOP rival Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

Asked if she views the results as credible, Morgan said, "It's not surprising. Everyone knows Allan Fung and I've only just begun. Only about half the people in the state know me, whereas 100 percent know him at this point. I've begun. I will make the case to the people of Rhode Island and I'm confident I'm going to win."

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.

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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.


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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State Rep. Michael Chippendale (R-Foster) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Rhode Island's 2018 gubernatorial race, progressive Dawn Euer's Senate victory in Newport, and President Trump's focus on criticizing the media.

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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.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung told a group of Tiverton Republicans Wednesday evening that he's running for governor in 2018.

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