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A non-profit financial group has a plan to help more Rhode Islanders buy cars. State leaders say the service fills a much needed gap.

Before she got her new vehicle, Cranston resident Shirlie Martinez said she and her young daughter worried every day about her 19-year-old car.

“It would be nerve-racking in the morning to know, well, maybe my car won’t start, therefore I can’t go to work, and she can’t go to school.”

Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner is weighing in on the legal challenge to the settlement over the state pension overhaul, whether he is considering a run for the governor’s office, and more.

Magaziner sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio News Director Elisabeth Harrison and RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay.

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The uphill battle to improve Rhode Island's economy, an appeal of the state pension settlement, and the mysterious explosion on Salty Brine Beach. That's all part of the conversation this week on Political Roundtable.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison hosts; Ian Donnis is away. We're joined, as always, by URI political science professor Maureen Moakley and RIPR's political analyst Scott MacKay.

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The flags and bunting adorn the handsome colonials and Greek Revivals along Hope Street, the hydrangeas are blooming and a fresh stripe of red, white and blue has been painted along the July 4th parade route downtown.

The parking lot at the Lobster Pot was clogged yesterday, the Celtic music session at Aidan’s was standing-room only and Independence Park was jammed with revelers listening to a Jimmy Buffet cover band.

General Treasuer Seth Magaziner is unveiling a series of nominees to the State Investment Commission and the State Retirement Board.

Magaziner is nominating Rober Benson and Marie Langlois to the Investment Commission, and re-nominating Marcia Reback. For the Retirement Board, Magaziner is nominating Marianne Monte.

The treasurer's office provided the following background on nominees.

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State Treasurer Seth Magaziner on Tuesday unveiled an initiative to bring more transparency to his office.

Magaziner says his initiative will make the treasurer’s office a national leader in transparency. For example, he said one new policy requires investment fund managers that want state business to disclose information about their finances.

State Treasurer Seth Magaziner is calling on federal regulators to require all publicly traded corporation to disclose their political contributions.

Magaziner makes the request in a letter written with four other state treasurers to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

In their letter, the treasures say far too many companies can hide their political contributions from public view. They say the SEC needs to adopt a comprehensive approach to bring more sunlight to corporate campaign contributions.

Rhode Island’s General Assembly today will commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Rep. Katherine Kazarian, D-East Providence, will introduce a resolution calling on President Obama to formally recognize the genocide.

In a joint ceremony with the Armenian National Committee of Rhode Island, the ceremony will feature clergy from the state’s three Armenian churches, followed by the presentation of colors and the singing of Mer Hairenick, the Armenian national anthem. A speaking program is also planned.

Independent state treasurer candidate Ernest Almonte joins Bonus Q+A to discuss his campaign, the state's issues with funding long-term obligations, whether to pay back 38 Studios' investors, and other issues.

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Independent candidate for treasurer Ernest Almonte joins Political Roundtable to discuss his campaign; the latest WPRI-TV/Providence Journal poll; how state and federal officials are faring in responding to Ebola; and the end of the road for The Providence Phoenix.

The Rhode Island AFL-CIO’s COPE (Committee on Political Education) convention that was held in Providence last Friday decided to put the labor organization on record against Republican Allan Fung’s campaign for governor.

Democratic treasurer candidate Seth Magaziner, along with guest panelist Ted Nesi, join Bonus Q+A to discuss Magaziner's view of the treasurer's office, the ongoing court fight over the state's pension overhaul & more.

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Democratic nominee for state treasurer Seth Magaziner and guest panelist Ted Nesi join Political Roundtable this week to discuss primary victories for Gina Raimondo and Allan Fung; Magaziner's triumph over Frank Caprio; Jorge Elorza's victory in Providence; and Nellie Gorbea's upset of Guillaume De Ramel.

Anthony Pesaturo, the veteran pollster and political consultant, and Andrew Annaldo, former Democratic city councilman and mayoral candidate, are conducting exit polls today at voting precincts in the Elmhurst and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods of Providence. The neighborhoods are redoubts of old Providence, the city of Italian and Irish Americans, but a smattering of Latinos have moved in recent years. (Mayor Angel Taveras and his family live there, as does City Council President Michael Solomon).It has long been a Democratic Party redoubt.

With the statewide primary on Tuesday, Scott MacKay, Maureen Moakley, and's Ted Nesi join me to discuss the races for lieutenant governor, treasurer, secretary of state, and the November campaign for attorney general.