Steve Frias

Summer is here, the General Assembly has adjourned and the political news keeps coming fast and furious. 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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Cranston Republican Steve Frias -- who almost scored a remarkable upset in 2016, coming within 85 votes of defeating House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello -- announced Monday that he's taking another shot at ousting one of Rhode Island's most powerful politicians.

"The race presents a choice between Speaker Mattiello, Rhode Island’s most powerful State House politician, and Frias, an articulate advocate for the taxpayers and for reform in Rhode Island’s government," Frias said in a statement.

Just when you think the PawSox stadium might be down for the count this legislative session, a new proposal emerges on the scene. 

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It remains unclear if the Pawtucket Red Sox will support the revised stadium plan unveiled this week by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

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.

March is here, along with a new activist movement influencing the gun debate in Rhode Island. 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.

Next week looms as a big table-setter for Rhody politics in 2018, with lots of storylines to follow. So thanks for stopping by. 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 House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi joins Bonus Q&A to discuss his political future, possible steps to improve the state's business climate, the outlook for a bill to legalize abortion rights in Rhode Island, Gov. Raimondo's approval rating, and more.

Rhode Island inexorably moves toward a fresh campaign season as we leave summer behind. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Just a few weeks remain until 2017, a year bound to be filled with political drama. 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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The campaigns are over, but the debates about voting rage on. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for Rhode Island to consider some election changes.

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All you needed to know about yesterday’s  election in Rhode Island  was on display last night at the Garden Room at Biltmore Hotel in downtown Providence, the ancestral home of Democratic Party election  bashes for generations.

Fasten your seatbelt for what promises to be an impactful Election Day next Tuesday. In the meantime, thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your comments and tips are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Lookout RI's endorsement of House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello through an advertisement in the Cranston Herald may violate an IRS ban on campaign activity by 501(c)(3) organizations.

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The speaker of the House is often called the most powerful elected official in state government. That’s because the speaker controls the flow of legislation in the House and has a lot of influence over the state budget. But just like a rank and file lawmaker, the speaker has to win re-election every two years.

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