Giovanni Feroce

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Rhode Island voters head to polls in primary elections Wednesday. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has been thinking about what’s at stake as candidates jockey for positions in the November midterm elections.

We're getting down to the wire, with less than two weeks until Rhode Island's September 12 primary election. 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 Public Radio presents a special primary debate in Rhode Island’s Republican race for governor.

The candidates are Patricia Morgan, Republican leader in the Rhode Island House of Representatives; Cranston Mayor Allan Fung; and businessman Giovanni Feroce. We invited all three candidates into our studio for an in-depth look at where they stand on the issues; Fung declined our invitation.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday said the state is implementing a directive meant to keep people other than police from bringing guns into K-12 schools.

Speaking two weeks ahead of a statewide primary election, the Democratic governor said she is closing a loophole under which Rhode Island was among a handful of states that allowed people other than law enforcement to bring concealed guns into schools.

Summer is fading, the kids are headed back to school and the political campaign season is getting serious. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay looks at the biggest upcoming Rhode Island statewide primary contests. 


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With exactly five weeks until Rhode Island's primary election, GOP gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan intensified her criticism of Republican rival Allan Fung on Wednesday, accusing him of hiding from voters and masquerading as a conservative.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimond spent campaign funds generously on broadcast and online ads during the second quarter of 2018 while remaining the pacesetting fundraiser in Ocean State politics.

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Rival candidates for governor continued pressing attacks against Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo Wednesday amid fallout from a potentially costly legal case, while Raimondo's campaign pointed to economic improvements in the state during her time in office.

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

The May Revenue Estimating Conference is in the books, signaling the beginning of the end of the legislative session, and all the excitement that comes with that. 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.

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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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a Republican candidate for governor, wants to limit state lawmakers to five two-year terms, create an office of inspector general, and institute the use of photo IDs for food benefits and add work requirements for able-bodied people receiving welfare.

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A plan unveiled Tuesday by Rhode Island GOP gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan would scrap truck tolls, reduce taxes, add three Quonset-style business parks, and create an office of inspector general to help pay for some of the lost revenue.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo raised $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2018, giving her a huge financial advantage over opponents as she seeks re-election.

Raimondo's campaign said she received 990 contributions "from every corner of the state, totaling more than $528,000 in the quarter."

The Democratic governor's campaign said that "both the number of Rhode Island contributions and the amount of money that Rhode Islanders contributed to Raimondo’s campaign in the quarter far exceeded Rhode Island contributions to any other candidate."

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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