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House Finance Committee Expected To Vote Thursday For PawSox Stadium Legislation

In a significant breakthrough on an issue that has consumed attention in Rhode Island for years, the House Finance Committee is expected to vote Thursday in favor of legislation that could create a new PawSox stadium in Pawtucket.

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With DACA Still Up In The Air, Recipients Can Keep Working And Driving In RI

DACA recipients living in Rhode Island now have the guaranteed right to drive and work. Governor Gina Raimondo is set to signed new protections into law Monday afternoon.

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New England’s shellfish farmers may soon have better protections for their crops.


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Solar batteries are now part of an energy program that helps National Grid customers in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York reduce their electricity use during hot, summer days.


Happy Father’s Day, all you dads who watch ESPN in the middle of the night while feeding your infant, who change diapers between innings without complaining, and who pace the floor with a colicky baby with the U.S. Open on television.

Happy Father’s Day to those of you who buy a Red Sox teething ring for your kid, who think the ideal picture book is “Patriots Super Bowl Highlights”, and whose favorite bedtime story is “Havlicek Stole The Ball”.

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On a 66 to 7 vote, the Rhode Island House of Representatives passed a $9.55 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and that spells out for the first time how the state will divide revenue from the introduction of sports betting at two locations.

The Rhode Island House budget vote is monkeying with our column-writing schedule, so this week's TGIF is a bit abbreviated. But we're still checking the pulse of Ocean State politics and appreciate your stopping by. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Rhode Island’s last two governors - Lincoln Chafee and Gina Raimondo - were elected with far less than 50 percent of the vote. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says Maine may have a better way of electing governors.

Newport Preservation Society

The controversial new welcome center at the Breakers mansion in Newport opened Thursday, as part of the Newport Preservation Society’s annual meeting. The nonprofit, which runs the Gilded-Age mansion estimated hundreds, including Governor Gina Raimondo, were expected to turn up.

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National concerns about abortion protections have trickled into Rhode Island’s approaching Democratic Primary.

Candidate Matt Brown, the former Secretary of State says he has a more progressive stance on the issue than incumbent, Governor Gina Raimondo.

He distributed a letter supporting his view that was signed by numerous abortion-rights supporters, including Gloria Steinem.

Brown points to the fact that the state offers more health insurance plans that exclude abortion coverage on the state exchange, HealthSource RI, than mandated under the Affordable Care Act.

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Rhode Island state Sen. Louis DiPalma (D-Middletown) joins Political Roundtable to discuss fallout from recent issues at the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the House version of the state budget, and the intensifying race for governor.

Rhode Island state Sen. Louis DiPalma (D-Middletown) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss Medicaid spending, the PawSox stadium debate, incentives, the potential legalization of marijuana and other issues.

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