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President Trump will visit New England Monday, with a stop in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he is expected to announce a new plan to battle the nationwide opioid crisis.

Ian Donnis

Rhode Island's Republican Party renewed questions Monday about a fundraising agreement between Gina Raimondo and the Providence City Democratic Committee, requesting an advisory opinion from the state Board of Elections.

The GOP described the agreement as a way to get around legal limits to individual campaign donations.

Matt Brown

Former Rhode Island Secretary of State Matt Brown, who vanished from the local political scene after an ill-fated 2006 run for U.S. Senate, said Thursday he's planning an independent campaign for governor.

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“The gap between the President’s rhetoric and policies runs wide and deep,” U.S. Senator Jack Reed, a Democrat, said in a statement.

Reed was just one of the members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation who responded critically to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

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Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, seen as a rising political star with a famous last name, will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union. In announcing their decision, Democratic leaders in Congress called Kennedy a "relentless fighter for working Americans." Kennedy is the grandson of the late Robert Kennedy, the former U.S. attorney general and New York senator who was assassinated in 1968. He is also the great nephew of both the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy and the late president John F. Kennedy.

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President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. You can also watch the speeches live.

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When President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday, his audience in the House chamber will include a number “Dreamers” who could face deportation as early as March — including one who grew up in Portland, Maine.

Elisabeth Harrison

Unemployment is down, cranes are rising over Providence, and there’s hope for a better future. That was the message from Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, who delivered her 4th State of the State address Tuesday evening in Providence.

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State police confirmed on Wednesday what they called an "active investigation" into state Senator Nicholas Kettle, a Republican who represents parts of Coventry, Foster, West Greenwich and Scituate, Rhode Island.

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Governor Gina Raimondo addressed Rhode Island lawmakers Tuesday evening with a "State of the State" speech. The address is an annual Statehouse tradition, which came as the legislature begins a new session and in the days before the governor is expected to release a budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins in July.

Gage Skidmore

Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney was treated for prostate cancer last year. An aide revealed the treatment as Romney considers a run for U.S. Senate.

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Bridgeport, Connecticut's controversial Mayor, Joe Ganim, launched his official campaign for governor by filing with the State Elections Enforcement Commission on Wednesday, Jan. 3rd.

Ganim is launching his bid for governor despite being denied access to public funding for his campaign. The State Elections Enforcement Commission ruled that Ganim was not entitled to such funding because he is a convicted felon. This decision was upheld by state courts. 

Elisabeth Harrison

Rhode Island lawmakers return to the Statehouse Tuesday for the start of the 2018 legislative session.

Election Season Lies Ahead For New England

Dec 29, 2017
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2018 is a mid-term election year, and New England will host some high-profile races.

New England has four first-term governors -- Charlie Baker in Massachusetts, Gina Raimondo in Rhode Island, Phil Scott in Vermont and Chris Sununu in New Hampshire. They all need to win over voters to keep their jobs past 2018.

John Bender

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. 

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