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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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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