Robert Nardolillo

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Robert Flanders joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his GOP run for the U.S. Senate and the Republican tax plan in Congress.

RIPR has repeatedly invited Flanders' GOP rival, Robert Nardolillo, to appear as a guest on Political Roundtable. Nardolillo has yet to accept the invitation.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Robert Flanders joins Bonus Q&A to talk about his campaign, along with his view of President Trump, safety net programs, whether the Israeli capital should be moved to Jerusalem and other topics.

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With strong praise for President Donald Trump and a repudiation of the importance placed by Rhode Islanders on climate change, two-term state Rep. Robert Nardolillo of Coventry announced Monday his campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.

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End Citizens United, a national grassroots political action committee, is officially endorsing U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse for his 2018 re-election, calling him a “champion of campaign finance reform.”

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Rhode Island’s junior senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, has compiled almost $2 million in his campaign account ahead of a re-election challenge next year.

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Robert G. Flanders Jr., who crafted an independent profile as a justice on the Rhode Island Supreme Court, is forming an exploratory committee to help him consider a GOP run next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.

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In a reaction to the attacks in Paris last Friday, some state lawmakers are sharing their views with Governor Gina Raimondo about whether Syrian refugees should be allowed into the state.

Mattiello Will Oppose Reversing HPV Vaccine Requirement

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An advocacy group opposing the new HPV vaccine requirement for seventh graders is raising money to bring the fight to the state capital. Their efforts may hit a roadblock.

 A spokeswoman says some House republicans plan to pre-file legislation aimed at reversing a new HPV vaccine requirement for middle school students. Representatives Robert Nardolillo (R-Coventry) and Justin Price (R-Hopkinton, Exeter, Richmond) have spoken against the new requirement.

Public health advocates are hoping they’ve defeated a House bill that would criminalize the transmission of HIV. The bill, sponsored by Coventry representative Robert Nardolillo III, would have made it a crime for someone to knowingly transmit the disease through sex, sharing drug paraphernalia, or donating blood.

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With 18 new members in the 113-seat General Assembly, On Politics is offering a periodic look at the latest additions to the House and Senate. We continue with Representative Robert Nardolillo (R-Coventry), who, in his first run for public office, ousted former Representative Scott Guthrie (D-Coventry) last November.

Age: 35.

Occupation: Funeral home director in a fourth-generation family business, Nardolillo Funeral Home, established in 1906.

Party: Republican