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The Rhode Island Board of Elections has started the process of changing one of its rules in response to a complaint filed by a former GOP gubernatorial candidate, Ken Block, who has testified before President Trump's commission on voting irregularities. 

Poll Shows Strong Support For MA's Warren, Baker

Nov 16, 2017
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A new poll found challengers to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker are struggling so far to get noticed. Boston's WBUR conducted the survey of more than 500 registered voters.

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Attleboro’s longtime mayor, Kevin Dumas, was ousted Tuesday in municipal voting. His rival, Democratic state Senator Paul Heroux, beat out the seven-term incumbent.

Much has changed in the year since Donald Trump gave his election night victory speech. Journalists across the NPR newsroom have annotated his remarks in retrospect, providing context and analysis to his policy promises and noting who, among the people he thanked, is still in the inner circle.

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Polls opened at 7 o'clock Tuesday morning in Attleboro, New Bedford and Fall River, where residents will decide whether to oust their incumbent mayors, or keep them for another two years.

Indicted: Paul Manafort's RI & CT Connections

Oct 30, 2017
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Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Trump who was indicted on Monday, has ties to Rhode Island and Connecticut. Manafort was a campaign adviser to former Republican Governor Ed DiPrete and started his political career as a teenager in his hometown of New Britain, Connecticut.

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Rhode Island’s Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to confirm a number of judicial appointments Wednesday. The nominees all have connections at the Statehouse.

Governor Gina Raimondo has a campaign balance of more than $2.6 million at the end of the second quarter of 2017.

That dwarfs the $180,000 balance held by Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, Raimondo's Republican rival from 2014.

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Providence holds a primary Wednesday in a special election for the City Council seat vacated by Kevin Jackson.

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This week Rhode Island lawmakers unveiled a $9.2 billion spending plan that avoids a major tax increase, while closing a $134 million deficit. How did they do it? Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison turns to our political analyst Scott MacKay.

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The House Finance Committee is expected to vote Thursday on a new budget for the fiscal year beginning July first. The legislature usually makes a series of changes to the spending plan submitted by Gov. Gina Raimondo.

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  Some residents of the Western Massachusetts hilltowns are so frustrated that their congressman doesn't come visit, they've taken out a "missing persons" ad in a local newspaper.

A progressive activist group called Indivisible Williamsburg raised money online to take out the tongue-in-cheek ad in the Daily Hampshire Gazette -- a photo of U.S. Representative Richie Neal above the words, "Has anyone seen this man?"

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The lawyer for a disgraced former legislator is calling for a three-year prison sentence, that’s slightly less than the high end of federal sentencing guidelines for the case.

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The Rhode Island Senate is considering legislation that would eliminate life sentences without possibility of parole for minors.

"Long sentences on a person that’s under 18 constitutes, in our view, and in the view of the Supreme Court and many other ACLU affiliates, as unusual punishment and violates basic human rights standards," said Marcela Betancur, a spokeswoman for the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union.

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The capital city is one step closer to a new budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The Providence City Finance Committee approved the amended spending plan Monday.

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