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House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi talks before a joint legislative commission on plastic bottle waste before its meeting in December. Shekarchi has given caution signals about this year’s budget process because of a cloudy fiscal picture ahead. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Uneasy money: Worries about returning to deficits hang over General Assembly

The warning flags have been raised: Rhode Island legislators are about to return to reality. After two years of massive surpluses, state budget officials are...
THE REPUTATION of the state of Rhode Island has been damaged by the behavior of state officials during a visit to Philadelphia in March, but how long that damage will last is unclear. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

Will there be lasting damage from Philly fiasco?

Rhode Island’s reputation has taken a hit amid reports of a state official’s “bizarre, offensive and unprofessional actions” during a March visit to Philadelphia,...

Cicilline’s departure sets stage for special election

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island voters will be returning to the polls sooner than planned, though the specific date is unconfirmed. Moments after Rep. David Cicilline...
REP. SETH MAGAZINER, D-R.I., seen here delivering his victory speech Nov. 8, says he wants to prioritize lowering energy and drug costs, and improving education. / AP FILE PHOTO/MARK STOCKWELL

Rep. Magaziner ready to work for R.I.; observers say challenges await

PROVIDENCE – Rep. Seth Magaziner’s first week in the U.S. House was mixed with building connections with fellow congressional members and witnessing chaos. Magaziner –...
RETURN TO THE ROSTRUM: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio takes his place at the front of the Senate chambers on Jan. 3, the first day of the 2023 General Assembly session. It’s a position Ruggerio has held since 2017. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Surplus of question marks: Decisions on tax cuts, housing policies, education...

No one would blame the General Assembly leadership if it breathed a little easier in the 2023 legislative session. After all, the top Democratic leaders...
THE EXTERIOR of Providence City Hall won't change, but many of the people who make decisions inside the building will. Come January, newcomers will fill nearly half of the City Council seats and there will also be a new mayor. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

Enormous turnover among Providence leaders is unchartered territory

The Providence City Council is on the brink of a massive shift, with nearly half of its members leaving office at the end of...
ALLAN W. FUNG reacts after losing the 2nd Congressional District race Nov. 8. / AP PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

Where does the R.I. GOP go after difficult Election Day showing?

PROVIDENCE – The “Red Wave” many Republicans both locally and nationally were hoping for never made it to the shores of Rhode Island on...

Liberal R.I. could send Republican to U.S. House 

PROVIDENCE (AP) – In liberal Rhode Island, Republican Allan Fung stands a chance of flipping a U.S. House seat and possibly helping his party...

Mayoral primary victor Brett Smiley now focused on transition

PROVIDENCE – Less than 24 hours out from their hard-won primary victories, state and local candidates are gearing up for general election races. However, not...

Some candidates see edge in forming teams

Brown University political science professor Wendy Schiller can’t ever remember candidates for Rhode Island governor and lieutenant governor teaming up as though they were...
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