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The board of the state Commerce Corporation this week approved incentives to help two companies expand in Rhode Island. State Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor stopped by our studio yesterday to discuss a range of other issues involving economic development

State Pension Fund Down Last Year

Aug 5, 2016
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Rhode Island’s pension fund declined by about six percent over the last fiscal year. That’s according to the state Treasury Department, which reported losses of about $466 million dollars. Most of the decline came from the payout of pension benefits, which outpaced contributions. State Treasurer Seth Magaziner said investment losses were another source of the decline.

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State Rep. John Carnevale has ended his campaign for re-election after a decision Thursday from the Providence Board of Canvassers, who ruled that Carnevale is not legally registered to vote in Providence.

The board found that Carnevale's primary residence is in Johnston, outside of the district he represents.

Carnevale thanked his constituents, saying it’s been an honor to serve them. But he said out of consideration for his family and his neighborhood, he would not seek re-election.

RI's First Female Governor On Historic Clinton Nomination

Jul 29, 2016
Marie Aberger

As Democrat Hillary Clinton was getting ready to shatter a glass ceiling Thursday as the first woman ever to accept a presidential nomination from a major U.S. political party, Governor Gina Raimondo was preparing to return home to watch Clinton's speech on television with her family.

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian has emerged as one of the most durable Republicans in Rhode Island politics. He’s running for re-election again this year, and stopped by our studio yesterday to discuss a wide range of issues. 

One Of The Youngest Delegates At DNC Is A New Englander

Jul 28, 2016


The lineup this week at the Democratic National Convention is a star-studded cast, complete with sitting and former presidents, U.S. senators and lifelong political heavyweights. While Trevor Doiron of Jay, Maine, isn't among the most well-known delegates in Philadelphia, he is one of the youngest.

WBUR's Shannon Dooling caught up with the Clinton supporter at the arena and brings us this glimpse of a national political convention through the eyes of a teenager.

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  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders met with Rhode Island delegates Wednesday morning. Sanders is working to convince his most ardent supporters to vote for the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. But many remain unconvinced. When she received the nomination Tuesday night, some Sanders delegates walked out.

In the Ocean State, Sanders won the primary by some 10 percentage points. Rhode Island Sanders delegate Lauren Niedel said many delegates like her are still waiting to hear Clinton’s speech before deciding whether to support her.


Update: Bill Clinton and Rev. Jesse Jackson to attend Weiner funeral Tuesday at Temple Beth-El in Providence at 11 a.m.

Mark Weiner of East Greenwich, a confidante of Hillary and Bill Clinton, former Rhode Island state Democratic chairman, and top fund raiser for the Democratic Party, both nationally and in the Ocean State, has died after a battle with cancer. He was  62.

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  24 Rhode Island delegates are expected in Philadelphia Monday for the Democratic National Convention. Rhode Island Democratic Party spokeswoman Ann Gooding said she expects several issues to crop up as the party works to determine a platform.

“Better wages for workers, healthcare for employees, affordable college education,” said Gooding. “Those are the primary movers for democrats and I think those will be the issues that people want to see articulated by Hillary Clinton and I think people will come together on that.”

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The doctor-turned-politician from Massachusetts is running for a second time as the Green Party presidential candidate. 


The Republican National Convention enters its second day Tuesday in Cleveland, after addressing a lot of routine business during day one. That included approving a party platform that pulls the GOP to the far right on several issues, including gay rights. 

But some New England delegates believe the platform is no true concern.

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In the wake of recent mass and police shootings, Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says Congress may be gearing up to consider more gun legislation. But, Whitehouse cautions that he has seen similar efforts fail before.

Whitehouse says he’s hopeful about legislation that would restrict people who are on anti-terrorism no-fly lists from buying guns. It's currently in limbo. Still, Whitehouse says the outlook is promising for gun control advocates.

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Governor Gina Raimondo meets Monday with critics and residents in Burrillville who oppose a proposed power plant. As Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is declining to take a position on the project.

Whitehouse says his input on the proposed natural gas fired plant could hinder a local decision.

Gov. Raimondo Heads To National Governors Meeting

Jul 15, 2016
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Governor Gina Raimondo flies to Des Moines, Iowa Friday for the annual summer meeting of the National Governors Association. The meeting is a chance for governors from around the country to discuss and compare policy.