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Steven Frias, the Republican challenging Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, joins Political Roundtable to discuss his campaign and its potential impact, a scuffle over rent in Cranston, and more.

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With Independence Day just around the corner, don’t miss out on a variety of events planned across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Whether you’re a major foodie or a boat connoisseur, there’s something for everyone this year.

A black bear was seen on Tuesday morning at Old Mountain Field and tracked to South Kingstown High School. The animal was last spotted heading north on North Road. Police said the bear was not aggressive and did not approach people.

The sighting comes after 10 bear reports in one week in Cranston, earlier this month.

“We're definitely getting more reports of bear sightings,” said Mike Healey, public affairs director for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

It might be spring, it might feel like summer, but the signals of an intensifying election season are increasingly evident. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Baseball is back in New England this week, as both the Boston Red Sox and the Pawtucket Red Sox begin their home seasons.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if Rhode Island state government can forge a new stadium deal to keep the PawSox in the Ocean State.

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The Rhode Island governors’ race is getting underway. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the campaign’s negative start doesn’t bode well for voters seeking a serious discussion of state issues.


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Six people ticketed while protesting a Cranston ordinance that bans panhandling will have their day in municipal court Tuesday.

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Rhode Island House Speaker Nick Mattiello has put forward a plan to get rid of the car tax. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s a fine plan, but he asks a nettlesome question  – can the state afford it?  

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is calling on Providence to halt plans to reroute traffic on a road near the Cranston border. Fung hosted a community forum on the proposed change Tuesday evening.

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There’s a new crop of firefighters joining the Cranston Fire Department. The department will swear in the first female firefighter in city history.

Homeless Advocates Protest Cranston Panhandling Ban

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Homeless advocates are protesting a Cranston ordinance that makes it illegal to panhandle. Advocates call the ban unconstitutional and argue that for some homeless people, panhandling is the only source of income. Demonstrators are gathering at an intersection near Garden City and are panhandling as a form of protest.  

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A police investigation in Cranston has revealed irregularities with eight votes in last November’s election.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said the irregularities include a few duplicate votes and possible voting by non-US citizens. Fung said the irregularities are serious, even if the eight votes did not decide the outcome of any political races.

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U.S. Sen. Jack Reed held a meeting with constituents in Providence, Thursday. Some 100 people gathered to voice concerns over President Trump’s cabinet picks, recent executive orders, and Russian relations. Reed said he would continue to fight the administration, but offered few details of how exactly he might do it.

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After losing a 2014 run for governor, Republican Allan Fung returned to Rhode Island's third-largest city to face a brewing scandal within his police department. His office was roundly criticized in a state police report, which provided fodder for his opponents during his most recent reelection bid. Despite that, Fung easily won with 68 percent of the vote.

Fung said infrastructure repair will be one of his major priorities during his final term.

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Republican Cranston Mayor Allan Fung met Democratic challenger Michael Sepe during a televised debate over the weekend on WPRI-TV's  "Newsmakers" program.

During the exchange, Sepe pointed to issues that have plagued City Hall under Fung’s tenure, including a State Police report criticizing the management of the city police department following a parking ticketing scandal.

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