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The U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill on Friday, and local environmentalists say it’s better than the version that recently came out of the House of Representatives.

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New England’s shellfish farmers may soon have better protections for their crops.


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Rhode Island’s U.S. Senators are taking aim at a new federal policy that separates children from families crossing into the country illegally. The issue already has sparked protests locally by immigrant and child-welfare advocates.

The policy, announced by the Trump administration in April, seeks criminal prosecution for adults crossing the border illegally. That would involve separating children from the adults

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Former U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee has decided against pursuing the post he lost to U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in 2006.

Campaign season continues to heat up, with the end-of-June filing deadline drawing ever closer. 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.

A poll commissioned by U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's campaign shows Whitehouse with a 58-point lead over potential rival Lincoln Chafee among likely primary voters, according to a polling memo obtained by Rhode Island Public Radio.

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Rhode Island’s all Democratic Washington, D.C. delegation criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear agreement, but Republican U.S. Senate aspirant Bob Flanders hailed the president’s stance.

Just another ho-hum week in Rhode Island politics, right? The news emerged fast and furious Wednesday, in a likely harbinger of a lot more drama in the months to come. 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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Last week’s Rhode Island political developments among both Democrats and Republicans shook up the 2018 political campaigns. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay analyzes the new landscape.


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Take a deep breath Rhode Island. It's been a crazy couple of days in state politics.

Former U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee said he's highly likely to make a Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse this year.

"I'm 90 percent there," Chafee told Rhode Island Public Radio, adding that he has not made a final decision.

Chafee, 65, said supporters of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who ran for president as a Democrat in 2016, approached him months ago and encouraged him to run for the Senate.

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Rhode Island’s U.S. Senators, Democrats Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, both said today they will oppose confirmation of CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who is President Donald Trump’s choice to be secretary of state.

What if there were predictions of a big snow storm and the forecasted flakes failed to materialize? Well, unexpected stuff happens -- in weather, as in politics. With that note, 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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Rhode Island state Rep. Robert "Bobby" Nardolillo (R-Coventry) joins Political Roundtable to discuss his U.S. Senate run, how he plans to beat Robert Flanders in the primary, and the controversy over diverting 911 fees.

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Rhode Island state Rep. Robert Nardolillo (R-Coventry), one of two Republicans running for the chance to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in November, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss his campaign and related issues.

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