John Carnevale

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Rhode Island progressives are expressing outrage about some of the candidates endorsed in legislative elections, including a man who supported President Donald Trump in 2016 and is now running a primary challenge to state Representative Moira Walsh (D-Providence).

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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Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Political Roundtable to discuss the condition of political participation in the state, the attempted comeback by former state Rep. John Carnevale, and the big news coming this week from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Former state Representative John Carnevale -- who was found by the Providence Board of Canvassers in 2016 to not be a legal voter in the district he represented -- wants his old post back.

Carnevale, a Democrat, has filed a declaration at City Hall indicating he's running for the seat now held by Rep. Ramon Perez (D-Providence).

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Former Providence State Rep. John Carnevale pleaded not guilty in Superior Court Friday to charges of perjury and filing false documents. The charges stem from an investigation into Carnevale’s residency.

The attorney general’s office alleges Carnevale lied under oath to the Providence Board of Canvassers during hearings to determine his residency. The former lawmaker owned two residences, one in Johnston and another in Providence. He maintained his primary residence was in Providence. The board eventually determined Carnevale was not eligible to represent his district.

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Former state Representative John Carnevale is the custody of State Police, according to WPRI-TV, Channel 12. The station says Carnevale turned himself in to State Police headquarters in Scituate on Thursday, where he will be held through the night. Carnevale is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court Friday morning.

The charges Carnevale faces remain unclear. State police could not be reached, and Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for the attorney general, offered no comment.

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The residency case involving state Rep. John Carnevale has resulted in an open seat in the House of Representatives. 

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While many Ocean State voters are more focused on August vacations than politics, candidates for the legislature are knocking on doors, appearing at coffee hours and pleading for votes at taverns and ethnic clubs.

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State Rep. John Carnevale has ended his campaign for re-election after a decision Thursday from the Providence Board of Canvassers, who ruled that Carnevale is not legally registered to vote in Providence.

The board found that Carnevale's primary residence is in Johnston, outside of the district he represents.

Carnevale thanked his constituents, saying it’s been an honor to serve them. But he said out of consideration for his family and his neighborhood, he would not seek re-election.

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Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins Political Roundtable to discuss the residency case featuring state Rep. John Carnevale; the presidential battle between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton; and the outlook for GOP legislative candidates.

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In a sharp reversal from a vote one day earlier, the Providence Board of Canvassers found Thursday that state Rep. John Carnevale, a four-term member of the House of Representatives, is not a registered voter in Providence.

The decision means that Carnevale can not pursue his re-election campaign, unless he makes a successful appeal of the board's rendering.

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The two-member Providence Board of Canvassers split on a partisan line Wednesday on whether to accept more information in considering whether state Rep. John Carnevale lives in his Providence district. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza responded with sharp criticism and said he'd instructed additional witnesses to attend a hearing slated for Thursday afternoon.

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