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Democrat Sandra Cano scored a decisive win over Republican Nathan Luciano Tuesday in a special election for an open Rhode Island Senate seat in Pawtucket.

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Baseball is back in New England this week, as both the Boston Red Sox and the Pawtucket Red Sox begin their home seasons.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if Rhode Island state government can forge a new stadium deal to keep the PawSox in the Ocean State.

The fallout from two significant events will remain in the air when Rhode Island lawmakers return from their mid-winter break next week. With that in mind, thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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In an unprecedented move, the Rhode Island Senate has scheduled an expulsion vote for Sen. Nicholas Kettle (R-Coventry), who is accused of video voyeurism and extorting sex from a male Senate page in 2011.

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Rhode Island state Sen. Nicholas Kettle pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he twice extorted a former legislative page to engage in sex in 2011.

Chapel Grille is the place to be, right? The Cranston restaurant has emerged as a hot spot for political parlays, with uncertain fallout moving forward. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.  

It was a busy week in Rhode Island politics, so let's take some time to look back and ahead. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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William Lynch, a longtime former chairman of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, is considering running for the District 8 state Senate left vacant by the resignation Tuesday of James E. Doyle II, Rhode Island Public Radio has learned.

Doyle, a Democrat first elected in 2004, said he was stepping down due to a personal struggle with alcohol.

Matthew Fecteau, who came close to defeating Doyle in 2016, has already announced a campaign for the Pawtucket-based Senate seat.

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The debate over taxpayer subsidies for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox rages on. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that for those who want to keep the team, now is the time to stand up.  


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The Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a series of hearings on the proposal for a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium, Sen. William Conley, D-East Providence, said Monday.

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Rhode Island is now a week into a new fiscal year without an approved budget. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the longer this goes on, the worse lawmakers look. 


Eugene McCaffrey, a former Rhode Island Democratic state representative, state senator and mayor of Warwick, has died. He was 84.

McCaffrey was the father of Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey, D-Warwick.

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The two Rhode Island lawmakers who are leading the effort to legalize marijuana in the Ocean State have offered a compromise they call “incremental legalization.”

Tax Day is behind us, and the final stretch of the legislative session is looming. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Two more candidates have joined the race to fill the state Senate seat vacated by former Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.

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