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As one of the most recognized figures in Major League Baseball, Larry Lucchino has enjoyed exhilarating peaks -- like the Boston Red Sox' remarkable post-season triumph in 2004.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Mea Culpa: Please see Number 1A (below). We're breaking from TGIF's usual format this week to look at key questions facing Rhode Island at the traditional start to summer. While the season of beaches and barbecues is generally a more relaxed time, a lot of significant outcomes hang in the balance. So thanks for stopping by. Feel free to share your thoughts and tips at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

House Deputy Whip Christopher Blazejewski (D-Providence) to discuss attempts to better police political spending in the post-Gordon Fox era, fallout from last year's leadership fight, and whether House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is more liberal than described by his critics.

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House Deputy Whip Christopher Blazejewski (D-Providence) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss mixed economic news coming out of Rhode Island's capital city; the next step for the PawSox after the death of Jim Skeffington; and the fairness hearing being held on the state pension settlement.

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A multi-day hearing to determine the fairness of the proposed state pension settlement started in Superior Court Wednesday. Fewer than 70 current state workers and retirees are expected to urge Judge Sarah Taft-Carter to reject the deal.

State revenue is up, the Sox are down, and Friday is here. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me all week-long on the twitters. Here we go.

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The state has dropped unregistered lobbying cases against two of the figures linked to the failed video game maker 38 Studios. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea is backing legislation that she said will clarify and strengthen the rules on lobbying.

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State Representative Joseph Almeida (D-Providence) was sentenced to a year of probation and a $1,000 fine after pleading no contest Tuesday to a reduced charge, using campaign funds for his personal use, in a case that focused attention on lawmakers and their campaign finance accounts.

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Governor Gina Raimondo said the increase of more than $140 million in state revenue identified during last Friday's revenue estimating conference should be used "to invest in economic growth and putting people to work." The governor also appears to have joined with House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello in supporting the elimination of the Taylor Swift tax.

The time for raking snow from the roof has given way to the delights of spring and inevitable complaints about heat and humidity. The General Assembly session is headed to busier times and other big issues are simmering. So thanks for stopping by. Feel free to drop me comments and tips at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters.

State Representative Anthony Giarrusso (R-East Greenwich) joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss the merits of reform attempts in the House; what the state can do to help small business; how Republicans can increase their legislative ranks; and more.

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State Representative Anthony Giarrusso (R-East Greenwich) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Governor Raimondo's budget proposal; the PawSox' possible move to Providence; and the outlook on gambling revenue and legalizing marijuana.

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Governor Gina Raimondo said Tuesday she's unsure if the Pawtucket Red Sox proposal to move to Providence will be decided -- as the team's ownership hopes -- before the end of the General Assembly session.

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Governor Gina Raimondo and House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello cited a message of collaboration as they lent their support Tuesday to a job development-tax credit bill sponsored by state Representative Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick).

The month of May is here, bringing a heightened focus on Gina Raimondo's proposed budget and the PawSox proposal. So thanks for stopping by, and feel free to share your tips & thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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