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Providence mayoral candidate Lorne Adrain, who has been making some aggressive moves to step up his run, has hired an experienced political staffer, Steve Gerencser, to advise his campaign.

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa is appointing Matthew Jerzyk, formerly deputy city solicitor in Providence, as city solicitor in Central Falls, effective January 6.

Veteran Democratic fundraiser Amy Gabarra is assisting Clay Pell's exploratory committee to raise money, in the latest sign that Pell may pursue a run for governor in 2014.

Gabarra helped Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio to assemble the largest war chest in the 2010 race for governor. She's also worked for David Cicilline, Lincoln Chafee and Bill Lynch, among others.

Rhode Island is the gift that keeps giving -- as the saying goes -- and 2013 was chock full of news. Who knows what the next day could bring? With a few weeks still left to go in December, on the way to a big news year, here's a rundown on the most-read posts this year on our politics blog.

10. The Providence Journal continued to bleed readers.

9. Scott MacKay's analysis of Governor Lincoln Chafee's decision not to seek re-election.

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Prospective Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell is hiring Devin "Short Pants" Driscoll, a veteran of Rhode Island political campaigns, to coordinate his exploratory process.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County

Joseph P. Pratt, who served as state Treasurer Gina Raimondo's chief of staff until being supplanted by Andrew Roos earlier this year, is taking a job as executive director and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County. He's due to start January 6.

Pratt's current title in Raimondo's office is deputy treasurer/chief of administration.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has hired three consultants for his Republican gubernatorial campaign:

Via news release:

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo is adding Eric Hyers, who managed David Cicilline's two successful congressional campaigns, to her stable of political talent as she gears up for a Democratic run for governor next year.

In a telephone interview, Hyers would say only that his role is to "get her and her team ready as we approach the end of the year." He declined comment on other questions, including whether he'll remain part of Raimondo's team through 2014.

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Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has named Maryellen Goodwin, majority whip in the Rhode Island Senate and the chief clerk in the city's Department of Planning & Development, as his acting deputy chief of staff.

The news, relayed in a message to staffers, comes on the heels of plans for the departure of Arianne Lynch as deputy chief of staff and the exit of deputy city solicitor Matt Jerzyk.

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Although General Treasurer Gina Raimondo hasn't yet declared her expected Democratic campaign for governor, she continues to outpace Providence Mayor Angel Taveras in campaign fundraising.

During the third quarter that ended with the close of September, Raimondo raised about $412,000 (bringing her cash on hand to more than $2.3 million), while Taveras brought in $154,000 (bringing his war chest to $759,150.)

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has hired Danny Kedem, an operative who formerly led Anthony Weiner's New York City mayoral bid, to run his Democratic gubernatorial campaign. Yet the more interesting news is the seeming precipitous departure of two key advisers to Taveras, deputy city solicitor Matt Jerzyk and deputy chief of staff Arianne Lynch.

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