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4:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Political Roundtable: McKee on Raimondo's Start, the Economy & Boosting Municipalities

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Rhode Island's new lieutenant governor, Daniel McKee, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Governor Gina Raimondo's inaugural address; his focal points as he starts on the job; the challenges facing Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, and more.

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9:00 am
Wed January 7, 2015

RI General Assembly Opens 2015 Legislative Session

The 2015 General Assembly legislative session opened on Tuesday.
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Legislative leaders opened the new General Assembly session yesterday by pledging to focus on jobs and education.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed unanimously won re-election to their leadership posts.  Mattiello began his chamber’s 2015 session by vowing to keep a continued focus on jobs and the economy.  Mattiello won his first full two-year term as speaker on a unanimous vote.

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1:41 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Gina Raimondo Sworn In As Rhode Island's First Female Governor

Gina Raimondo addresses the crowd on the Statehouse steps during her inaugural speech.
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Gov. Gina Raimondo was sworn in as the state’s first female governor Tuesday afternoon on the states of the state capitol. 

A small crowd braved the cold and snow to watch the historic event. Gov-elect Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, former Gov. Lincoln Chafee and his wife Stephanie, and former Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts were some of the dignitaries looking on.

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9:19 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian To Be Sworn In Tuesday

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian
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Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian is being inaugurated Tuesday. The mayor will be taking a RIPTA bus to his inaugural event to highlight the city’s push to become a transportation hub.

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9:09 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Providence City Council Elects Luis Aponte As Its New President

Luis Aponte is the new President of the Providence City Council.
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On a split vote, the Providence City Council Monday elected a new president.  Luis Aponte says he’ll reach out to the councilors who voted for his opponent.

Aponte has represented Lower South Providence and Washington Park since the late 90s. He defeated rival candidate Nicholas Narducci on a 9-to-6 vote. Aponte said he hopes to work in partnership with the new mayor of Providence, Jorge Elorza.  “I plan to whenever and whereever possible work closely with the mayor to ensure that we create a climate where the city can grow and move forward,” said Aponte.

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3:17 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Jorge Elorza Becomes Providence's 38th Mayor

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza waves to the crowd during his public inauguration in front of City Hall.
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Elorza and a crowd of dignitaries braved the wind and cold to see Jorge Elorza be sworn in as the city’s 38th mayor. Governor-elect Gina Raimondo said she is filled with optimism about the city’s future. Gov. Lincoln Chafee was on hand, as was former mayor Angel Taveras, and the state’s entire congressional delegation.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Political Roundtable: Newberry on Raimondo, Elorza, HealthSource RI & More

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House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss expectations for Governor-elect Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza, as well as state tax policy, HealthSource RI, and more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Newberry on the GOP Outlook, Cutting Spending & More

House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the outlook for RI Republicans, his legislative priorities for 2015, what went wrong for Allan Fung, and other issues.

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Politics
8:55 am
Wed December 31, 2014

The New Year Brings Changes To Some RI Tax Policies

2015 will see changes to Rhode Island's corporate and estate taxes.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A handful of tax policy changes will take effect in the New Year. The differences include dropping the corporate tax rate, from 9 to 7 percent.

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4:00 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Governor-Elect Raimondo on the Top Challenges Facing Rhode Island

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Governor-elect Gina Raimondo is poised to be inaugurated next Tuesday as Rhode Island's first female governor. She sat down at her transition office Tuesday to discuss the top challenges facing the state and other issues.

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