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Governor Gina Raimondo said Tuesday she's open to the possibility of a statewide referendum on legalizing marijuana.

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A conservative-leaning citizens group, Rhode Island Taxpayers, is disbanding due to a lack of financial support.

RI Taxpayers began 12 years ago as the Rhode Island Statewide Coalition. It had also been known early on as the Rhode Island Shoreline Coalition.

In a statement, Rhode Island Taxpayers said the group was founded with the idea of raising the voice of citizens in state issues. The organization has pursued that in part with a web site and by using a daily email bulletin to distribute news stories.

March is here, along with what continues to be an unusual year in presidential politics. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and thoughts are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Voters will decide the fate of Twin River's proposed Tiverton convenience casino, after Governor Gina Raimondo signed related legislation into law Friday afternoon.

Twin River unveiled the plan in April 2015, calling it Rhode Island's best hope for preserving the third-largest source of state revenue. The proposal consists of 32 table games and about 1,000 video lottery terminals.

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State Representative Daniel Reilly (R-Portsmouth), a Marco Rubio supporter, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss fallout from Super Tuesday, Donald Trump's impact on the Republican Party, and whether truck tolls will be an effective issue for GOP legislative candidates this fall.

State Representative Daniel Reilly (R-Portsmouth) joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the state's infrastructure, ethics, marijuana legalization, the outlook for electing more GOP lawmakers, and other issues.

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Nancy DeNuccio, chair of the Ocean State Prevention Alliance, stopped by our studio to discuss why she opposes the legalization of marijuana.

Earlier this week, we heard from Jared Moffat, head of Regulate Rhode Island, which advocates legalization.

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Jared Moffat, director of the pro-legalization group Regulate Rhode Island, makes the case for why he believes marijuana should be regulated and taxed like alcohol.

Later this week, RI Public Radio will feature a Q&A with an opponnent of marijuana legalization.

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Chris Torres, state director of the Rhode Island Working Families Party, stopped by our studio yesterday to discuss the new progressive political group and related issues.

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After years of effort, Deepwater Wind expects to complete the first offshore wind farm in the US later this year. Supporters say the project off the coast of Block Island is an important milestone that will bolster the growth of renewable energy. 

Pitchers and catchers have reported to Fort Myers, so glimmers of spring are slowly approaching. 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.

Quite the busy week in Rhode Island politics, with RhodeWorks sprinting through the legislature. Thanks for stopping by. 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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House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) on Friday called for House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello to launch a House Oversight investigation into whether the state Department of Transportation pressured state reps to support the new truck toll law ahead of the House vote earlier this week.

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