Rhody Votes '16

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The residency case involving state Rep. John Carnevale has resulted in an open seat in the House of Representatives. 

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Shawna Lawton, one of two Republicans running for the chance to challenge House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, is drawing attention to how her GOP rival, Steven Frias, has volunteered for an organization that has received legislative grants.

Rhode Island Working Families has endorsed four more Democratic General Assembly candidates ahead of the state's September 13 primary.

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Shawna Lawton is one of two Republicans running for the chance to take on House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello for his Cranston state rep seat in November. Lawton will square off in the September primary with fellow Republican Steven Frias. Lawton said she does not plan to debate Frias. 

She said her focus for now is speaking with voters.

“My job right now on the campaign trail is to understand what people are struggling with and to listen and to should I be elected, represent their voice,” said Lawton. “And I don’t feel it necessary to debate him.”

Steven Frias, one of two Republicans running for the state rep seat held by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss 38 Studios, his campaign, and Donald Trump.

Steven Frias joins Bonus Q&A to talk about his run for the state rep seat held by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello. We also talk about the challenges facing the state GOP, Frias' policy proposals, and other issues.

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.

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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 chair of Donald Trump’s campaign in Rhode Island is expressing surprise over reports that the National Republican Party platform is moving increasingly to the right.  Joseph Trillo, also a state representative for Warwick, heads the campaign to elect Donald Trump for president in Rhode Island.  Media reports have stated that the debate over things like abortion and same-sex marriage during the convention have become socially conservative. Trillo says he fears a platform that is too conservative might threaten the party’s presidential hopes.  

Speaking Monday, U.S. Senator Jack Reed echoed calls for unity among Democrats in the lead up to the presidential election. But Reed stopped short of saying it's time for fellow Senator Bernie Sanders to drop out of the Democratic nominating contest. 

"That’s a decision that Senator Sanders is going to have to make," Reed said "But I think it should be clearer and clearer to him that we have to be a united party to be successful in November."

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After several days of campaigning, and a pair of conflicting local polls in Rhode Island, the race between Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary seemed up in the air before Tuesday’s primary.

But Sanders was able to pull off a win, by a surprising 12 percentage points. Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender brings us this report from Sanders' Ocean State watch-party. 

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Hillary Clinton claimed primary victories in Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania, but on the Democratic side at least, Rhode Island went its own way. Nearly 55 percent of voters in the Democratic primary chose Sanders, compared with 43 percent for Clinton. Sanders' margin of victory was larger than expected.

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The Republican Presidential front runner Donald Trump will be in Warwick Monday. He held a rally at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick this afternoon.

Trump is the latest candidate to stop in Rhode Island, as Tuesday's presidential primary approaches. Over the weekend, fellow Republican John Kasich stumped at Bryant University. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders also held rallies in Central Falls and Providence respectively.

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Coffee mugs, tote bags, and t-shirts: it’s the Presidential campaign swag ubiquitous during election years. This round, you can buy “Feel the Bern” Mugs, ‘Kasich” stickers, and of course, “Make America Great Again” ball caps.

These trinkets are prized mementos for politicos, and they’re big business for the companies who make them. One of those companies is based here in the Ocean State.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders brought his insurgent Democratic presidential primary campaign to Rhode Island Sunday, giving an impassioned speech to 7,000 cheering supporters at a sun-dappled Temple to Music at Roger Williams Park in Providence.

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