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Politics
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.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

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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Politics
9:19 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian To Be Sworn In Tuesday

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian
Credit RIPR FILE

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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Politics
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.
Credit RIPR FILE

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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Politics
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.
John Bender RIPR

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

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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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 2, 2015

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

Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

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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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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Politics
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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Politics
4:17 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

URI Research Shows Politics Influence Where You Live

University of Rhode Island
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Research out of the University of Rhode Island shows that more and more, people are living in communities with a common political view. And the political sorting is becoming more polarized with each election.

Are Republicans and Democrats living side by side? That’s what URI professor Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz wanted to know, so she poured over election data and relocation patterns from 1976 to 2012. She found that communities are becoming more politically polarized, but not because people were moving.

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Tencher Calls the Obama Coalition A One-Time Thing

West Warwick native Paul Tencher managed winning US Senate campaigns for Democrats Joe Donnelly in Indiana in 2012, and for Gary Peter in Michigan in 2014. He sat down with Bonus Q&A to talk about the national outlook for Democrats and other issues.

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