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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.

The calendar keeps zipping along, with August coming up fast. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Former Warwick state Rep. Joe Trillo, a prospective GOP candidate for governor, joined Political Roundtable this week to discuss his political future; the hot mic remarks made this week by U.S. Sen. Jack Reed; and the outlook on Obamacare in Washington, D.C.

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Former Warwick state Rep. Joe Trillo, a potential GOP gubernatorial candidate next year, joined Bonus Q&A this week to discuss a range of issues, including his support for Donald Trump; immigration; and why Republicans struggle to build their ranks in the General Assembly.

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Warwick Republican Joe Trillo is staging a public event Tuesday, which he describes as a forum to discuss Rhode Island’s future.

Rhode Island's next big election season is slowly emerging even as summer beckons. 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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Former Warwick state Rep. Joe Trillo said he's continuing to seriously consider a run for governor next year.

“Riding both sides of the fence for political gain is not what Rhode Island needs," Trillo said in a statement Wednesday. "I was the only Rhode Island elected official, including Republicans, to support Donald Trump in July of 2015, when he was one of sixteen Republican candidates for President of the United States. Taxpayers deserve a governor who is willing to stand up for his beliefs and walk the talk.”

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