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A special primary election is being held Tuesday to narrow the field for a vacant seat in the Rhode Island state Senate. Seven candidates are in the running for the District 11 seat.

A state Senate opening was created when Christopher Ottiano of Portsmouth stepped down in October to take a new job. Ottiano was one of just five Republicans in the 38-member Senate.

Three Republicans, three Democrats and an independent are vying to succeed Ottiano. District 11 includes parts of Bristol, Portsmouth and Tiverton.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has signed a subpoena calling on Curt Schilling to appear for a December 15th meeting of the House Oversight Committee.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A legislative committee plans to continue its examination of 38 Studios Tuesday. The latest oversight hearings were sparked by the release of a trove of documents related to the failed video game company.

The committee is slated to continue a presentation on the timeline of events leading to the state’s investment in 38 Studios.

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Democrat Michael Sepe is running for Mayor of Cranston. Sepe made the formal announcement on Sunday.

Sepe told Rhode Island Public Radio of his intention to run this summer. At the time current Cranston Mayor Allan Fung was embroiled in a controversy over the management of the city police department.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Governor Gina Raimondo continue to discuss the governor’s truck-toll proposal. Mattiello is already supporting some parts of the governor’s infrastructure plan.


The House Oversight committee meets Tuesday for yet another round of hearings into the defunct video game company 38 Studios. The hearings come after the release of thousands of documents related to the state’s lawsuit with the company.

Among the major takeaways, the documents revealed some lawmakers may have known about a potential 38 Studios deal months before previously acknowledged. At Tuesday’s meeting the house oversight committee will receive an updated timeline of events.

Lincoln Chafee Bows Out Of Presidential Race

Oct 23, 2015

Former Rhode Island Governor, Lincoln Chafee has dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination for President. Chafee made the announcement at the Democratic National Convention, Women's Leadership Forum Friday morning.

He stated his intentions within the first minutes of his speech saying, "Now as you may know, I've been campaigning on a platform of 'Prosperity Through Peace,' but after much thought, I've decided to end my campaign for President today."

Elisabeth Harrison

Governor Gina Raimondo is defending her administration from criticism that information has become harder to obtain.

Some reporters, editors and good government groups have complained about less-than-forthcoming responses to requests for public documents and a lack of access to public officials under Raimondo's leadership.  


Rhode Island’s U.S. Senator Jack Reed says he supports President Barack Obama’s decision to keep thousands of troops in Afghanistan. The policy reversal will leave one of the President’s promises unfulfilled.


Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee took to the national stage, as one of five Democrats taking part in last night’s presidential primary debate. 


Governor Gina Raimondo spoke in Washington, D.C., Tuesday as part of a conference highlighting powerful women. Raimondo attracted attention for the pension overhaul she spearheaded as state treasurer in 2011.


Former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee will take the national stage Tuesday evening in the Democratic presidential debate. The former Republican announced his run for the democratic nomination in April of this year to moderate local and national fanfare . 


A former House Finance chairman is downplaying his role in the loan program used to lure 38 Studios to Rhode Island in 2010. Steve Costantino now serves as a publicly funded health insurance program in Vermont.

Katherine Doherty

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo took the ice bucket challenge Tuesday afternoon on the Statehouse steps. Alongside half a dozen Rhode Island politicians, Raimondo dumped more than three gallons of icy water on her head to raise money for ALS research.

The ice bucket challenge is part of a national campaign to raise awareness about ALS and fund research for a cure. 

Raimondo took the challenge from Massachussetts Governor Charlie Baker. She has now challenged House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed to take up the cause.


The Cranston City Council voted “No Confidence” in Mayor Allan Fung during a meeting Monday night.  The largely symbolic vote was a narrow one, five to four, and comes following a scathing police report investigating the Cranston Police department.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s rare that such action is taken by a city government.