Here’s what kinds of candy R.I.’s top politicians are handing out for Halloween

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Happy Thursday and welcome to Rhode Map, your daily guide to everything happening in the Ocean State. I’m Dan McGowan and my parents once allowed me to dress up as a scratch lottery ticket for Halloween, but I turned out just fine. Follow me on Twitter @DanMcGowan or send tips to Dan.McGowan@globe.com.

It looks like your children won’t be getting good trick-or-treating weather tonight, so Rhode Map has a little news you can use today if you want to strategically target home visits based on candy selection.


We asked most of the state’s top politicians what kinds of sweets they’re handing out tonight and the results were… predictable. (Attention leaders: Can you mix in some Sour Patch Kids next year?)

If you’re planning to brave the elements tonight, send a picture of your kid’s stash at the end of the night to Dan.McGowan@globe.com. If we get a good one, we’ll include it here tomorrow.

*Note: It’s not an election year, so don’t expect jumbo-sized candy from the politicians. But staffers assure me their bosses aren’t limiting kids to one fun-sized item each.

US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Candy: Butterfingers

US Senator Jack Reed

Candy: Whatever looks good at CVS

US Representative David Cicilline

Candy: Snickers

Governor Gina Raimondo

Kit Kats and Snickers

Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee

Candy: Reese’s

General Treasurer Seth Magaziner

Candy: Reese’s

Attorney General Peter Neronha

Candy: Skittles, Reese’s and Dove chocolates

Senate President Dominick Ruggerio

Candy: Snickers

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello

Candy: Hershey’s chocolate bars, Reese’s and Snickers

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza

Candy: Kit Kats

Boston Globe reporter Dan McGowan

Candy: Ring Pops, obviously



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In its first meeting since a grand jury declined to indict a former guard accused of driving his truck into a crowd of protesters, the Wyatt Detention Center Facility board approved a bondholder agreement Wednesday that locks in a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement contract and creates a process for exploring a sale of the Central Falls prison.

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Tonight on WGBH’s “Greater Boston,” Sheila Bentley talks about her former marriage to the late Providence Mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. and what it was like seeing her life portrayed in Trinity Rep’s “The Prince of Providence.” Host Jim Braude will interview Bentley, actress Rebecca Gibel and the Globe’s Amanda Milkovits, who wrote about Bentley on Oct. 20.

RHODE MAP LIVE: The Globe is thrilled to announce that we’re hosting our first event in Rhode Island on Nov. 14, featuring a discussion about the future of the state with Governor Raimondo, Brown University President Christina Paxson and Lifespan CEO Tim Babineau. Tickets are free, but space is limited. Make sure you RSVP here.

Governor Raimondo has two ceremonial bill signings on her schedule today: At 10 a.m., she’ll be at the Rudolph Tavares Community Center gym in Providence to discuss legislation that bans employers from enforcing non-compete clauses for low-wage workers. At 11:30 a.m., she’ll be at the State House to sign domestic violence prevention legislation.

This sounds fun: Stuart Weitzman, one of the world’s most famous shoe designers, is speaking at Brown tonight.

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