38 Studios

Michael Stenhouse, CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, joins Political Roundtable to discuss Governor Gina Raimondo's performance on the economy; the governor's truck-toll proposal; and the latest developments involving the House Oversight Committee and 38 Studios.

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Former House Finance chairman Steve Costantino said through his lawyer Wednesday that he's willing to return to Rhode Island to answer questions about the state's ill-fated investment in the video game company 38 Studios.

"Mr. Costantino is aware of the intent of the committee you chair to have him appear for testimony on January 14, 2016," lawyer Marc DeSisto writes in a letter to Oversight Chairwoman Karen MacBeth. "I have been authorized by Mr. Costantino to advise you that he is willing to appear and testify before your committee without the need to utilize a subpoena."

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The House Oversight Committee is expected to issue more subpoenas Tuesday in connection with 38 Studios, the video game company that went bankrupt, leaving Rhode Island with millions to pay from a state-backed loan. The committee is trying to review how the loan deal got approved.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has signed a subpoena calling on Curt Schilling to appear for a December 15th meeting of the House Oversight Committee.

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On a 9-0 margin, the House Oversight Committee voted Thursday to seek a subpoena meant to spur State House testimony by Curt Schilling about his ill-fated video game company, 38 Studios. Yet the committee's counsel, Charles Knowles, told the panel that a court in Massachusetts, where Schilling resides, is unlikely to recognize the subpoena.

State Rep. Karen MacBeth (D-Cumberland), who chairs the committee, said there's value in issuing the subpoena, even if it doesn't succeed in the short-term in causing testimony by Schilling.

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The gloomy cloud of the 38 Studios debacle still hangs over Rhode Island. RIPR political analyst  Scott MacKay parses the latest General Assembly probe of the failed video game company.

State Rep. Blake Filippi (I-New Shoreham) joins Political Roundtable to discuss Governor Raimondo's infrastructure plan; House Oversight's examination of 38 Studios; and his role as the only independent among 75 members of the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

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House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Karen MacBeth said Tuesday she believes Michael Corso never registered as a lobbyist because a so-called "success fee" in his arrangement with 38 Studios would have violated state lobbying law. 

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A legislative committee plans to continue its examination of 38 Studios Tuesday. The latest oversight hearings were sparked by the release of a trove of documents related to the failed video game company.

The committee is slated to continue a presentation on the timeline of events leading to the state’s investment in 38 Studios.

State Rep. Cale Keable (D-Burrillville), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the debate over truck tolls, 38 Studios, and legalizing marijuana.

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The House Oversight committee meets Tuesday for yet another round of hearings into the defunct video game company 38 Studios. The hearings come after the release of thousands of documents related to the state’s lawsuit with the company.

Among the major takeaways, the documents revealed some lawmakers may have known about a potential 38 Studios deal months before previously acknowledged. At Tuesday’s meeting the house oversight committee will receive an updated timeline of events.

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Congressman David Cicilline takes part in Bonus Q&A this week to discuss a wide range of issues, including the conflict in Syria, whether there should be an outside investigation of 38 Studios, when he last spoke with Gordon Fox, Wall Street regulation and more.

State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick), deputy minority leader in the House, stopped by our studio to talk about a variety of issues facing the state.

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