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State Republican Chairman Brandon Bell joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the FBI report on Hillary Clinton, the latest Donald Trump controversy, and the outlook for increasing GOP ranks in the General Assembly.

State Republican Chairman Brandon Bell joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the RI GOP's plans for 2018, his upcoming trip to the Republican National Convention, and the Republican legislative fight against House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

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The emergence of a second Republican candidate for the Cranston House seat held by Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is exposing a conflict within the state GOP.

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Four of the 12 Republican state reps in the House of Representatives are not seeking re-election, raising further questions about the GOP's ability to increase its Smith Hill representation.

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Lawyer, businessman and former state GOP chairman Giovanni Cicione joins Bonus Q&A to discuss whether Republicans will gain legislative seats this year; presidential politics; and Governor Gina Raimondo's approval rating.

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Former state Republican chairman Giovanni Cicione joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the arrest of Providence city councilor Kevin Jackson; the outlook on de-politicizing legislative grants, and a move to strengthen the state Ethics Commission.

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State Sen. Edward O'Neill, who announced Monday he is not seeking re-election to the state Senate, tells RIPR he is considering a run for state treasurer in 2018. (He later added that he is also contemplating a run for governor.)

O'Neill staged a major upset when he defeated Joseph Montalbano, then the president of the Senate, in 2008. For most of the time since then, O'Neill has served as the only Independent among 38 senators, although he became a Republican earlier this year and won election as a delegate supporting Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

The political season keeps zipping along, with the calendar turning toward May. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, you can share your tips and comments, and follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Donald Trump scored a runaway victory in Rhode Island’s Republican presidential primary Tuesday). Trump won 64 percent of the vote, compared to 24 percent for John Kasich and 10 percent for Ted Cruz. Trump supporters marked the victory at Chapel Grille in Cranston last night.

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To the delight of a big crowd of supporters, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump brought his campaign to Warwick on Monday


The Rhode Island primary is just one week away, and for some voters it will be the first opportunity to cast a ballot in any election. As our RhodyVotes ’16 coverage continues, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Chuck Hinman sits down with three students who all plan to vote for the first time next Tuesday. 

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is widely expected to win Rhode Island later this month. But some local Republicans are not happy with the idea of Trump as their nominee.

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Local voters will go to the polls in a little more than three weeks, on April 26. As part of our RhodyVotes ’16 coverage, Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis went looking for answers about how and why Trump zipped to the front of the local Republican presidential field.

It was quite the week in Rhode Island politics, and the fallout led to tardy publication of this week's column. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.