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BOND DECISIONS: Rhode Island voters will decide on three ballot measures in the Nov. 6 election totaling about $367 million in bonds: $250 million to upgrade primary- and secondary-education public schools; $70 million in renovations and new construction at the University of Rhode and Rhode Island College; and $47 million for green-economy and clean-water projects. 
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PBN on WJAR-TV, Oct. 22, 2018

Will 2018 be the year Rhode Island voters take a stand on the condition of public schools?Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears...
SYMBOLIC FIGURE: The Independent Man atop the Statehouse in Providence symbolizes Rhode Island’s self-image and history of independence. Unaffiliated voters have long outnumbered both registered Republicans and Democrats in the state. / 
PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

R.I.’s independent streak could bring unexpected results

As symbols go, Rhode Island’s Independent Man doesn’t hold anything back.Looking out over the state from the top of the Statehouse rotunda, the Independent...
THE NOMINATION of federal court judge Brett Kavanaugh to take a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, pictured here, has yielded deep partisan disagreements inside and outside of Congress. / BLOOMERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/AL DRAGO

Whom do you believe, Christine Blasey Ford or Brett Kavanaugh?

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the challenge to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court drew more than 20 million...
UNEMPLOYMENT IN Rhode Island declined 0.4 percentage points year over year and 0.1 percentage points month to month in August. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

Has your company added employees in the last three-and-a-half years?

Since Gov. Gina M. Raimondo took office in January 2015, the unemployment rate in Rhode Island has gone from 6.6 percent to 4 percent...
CHINA RESPONDED to the most recent round of tariffs from President Donald Trump with retaliatory tariff action against $60 billion of U.S. goods. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/OILAI SHEN

Have the tariffs levied so far affected your company, or will...

As the trade war continues to expand the size and scope of tariffs, economic models predict that more pieces of the American economy will...
MINORITY VIEW: House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan has made a name for herself in the often-thankless role of political thorn in the sides of House Democratic leadership. This year the West Warwick Republican is hoping to raise her profile beyond Statehouse politics, taking on two challengers in the GOP gubernatorial primary.
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PBN on WJAR-TV, Aug. 27, 2018

Can a former teacher-turned-House-minority firebrand capture the attention of voters in GOP primary?Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC 10’s...
A TEAM EFFORT: House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello’s plan to keep the Pawtucket Red Sox in Rhode Island ultimately was unsuccessful, but Gov. Gina M. Raimondo could have played a more effective role in the negotiations to keep the team from heading to Worcester, Mass. 
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO; COURTESY R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Looking for leadership? Don’t expect to find it in R.I.

The simple – but not entirely inaccurate – thing would be to lay the Pawtucket Red Sox leaving Rhode Island on the doorstep of...

R.I. needs to improve governance

The loss of the Pawtucket Red Sox to Massachusetts has revealed far more than the lack of leadership among Rhode Island’s major elected officials.Two...
RHODE ISLAND ranked No. 42 on the Cato Institute's Freedom in the 50 States analysis. / COURTESY CATO INSITUTE

Libertarian think tank ranks R.I. 9th least-free state in U.S.

PROVIDENCE – The libertarian think tank, The Cato Institute, has ranked Rhode Island as the ninth least-free state in the country in its latest...
IN A RECENTLY RELEASED CBS NEWS POLL, nearly two-thirds of U.S. voters rated the economy as either very good or somewhat good. Here a voter casts a ballot with her dog at a polling location in Utah. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/KIM RAFF

Voters upbeat on economy may boost Republican election prospects

WASHINGTON – Republicans fighting to hang on to their majority in the House in the congressional elections this November may be helped by one...
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