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Rhode Island emerged largely unscathed from the initial phase of our first big weather-related test of the new year, so bully for us, hardy New Englanders and cringing weather weenies alike. Thanks for stopping by for my column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters.

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Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins Bonus Q&A to talk about his view of President Trump, Governor Raimondo; how the impact of 38 Studios is still impacting Rhode Island, and much more.

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Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner joins Political Roundtable to discuss why he supports the PawSox stadium deal. Plus, the push to overhaul the state's crumbling school buildings and the challenge of overcoming the 38 Studios hangover.

Ian Donnis / Regunberg and other lawmakers during the unveiling of the "Fair Shot" agenda.

State Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-Providence), a leader of the progressive caucus in the Rhode Island House, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss priorities for 2018, whether a referendum should be held on the PawSox, how to generate more state revenue, and other issues.

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Former U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha announced Tuesday his Democrat campaign to become Rhode Island's next attorney general, vowing to focus in part on prosecuting corruption and standing up to the Trump administration on certain issues.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Bonus Q&A to discuss possible ways to avoid future budget stalemates, 38 Studios, the PawSox, the paid sick leave bill, and much more.

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Remember Rhode Island’s disastrous deal with former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling? The state invested $75 million of taxpayer dollars in Schilling’s video game company 38 Studios and lost it all before a lawsuit clawed back most of the money. It was one of the worst financial decisions in Rhode Island history. Yet the company that served as the state’s financial adviser on the deal has continued doing business throughout the state.

Rhode Island's next big election season is slowly emerging even as summer beckons. So 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.

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Former Governor Lincoln Chafee takes part in Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues, including Governor Raimondo's approach to economic development; 38 Studios; the PawSox' stadium proposal; marijuana; and more.

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Governor Gina Raimondo said Thursday she will appeal a Superior Court decision denying access to grand jury documents in the 38 Studios case.

The court’s presiding justice, Alice Gibney, ruled last month against releasing the grand jury materials. In her decision, Gibney wrote that providing access to the grand jury records would defeat the purpose and role of the grand jury.

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Rhode Island State Police have released hundreds of pages of emails from their investigation into 38 Studios, providing some clues about their probe of the failed video game company, and the $75 million loan guarantee it received from the state.

June is here, Speaker Mattiello's long-awaited car tax plan has arrived, and the end of the legislative session is coming into view. So 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.

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State Police released Friday some additional documents from their investigation into 38 Studios. But the documents do not appear to shed fresh light on the scandal that has dogged state government in recent years.

State Police said they recently discovered a previously unreleased interview with a key lawmaker involved in the investigation of 38 Studios. The interview is with former House Finance Chairman Steven Costantino, who helped sponsor the bill used to later direct funding to the video game company.

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The sun is out, baseball bats are cracking, and Rhode Island is embroiled in another ballpark saga that appears headed to extra innings. In this game, Raimondo is going to have to come out of the bullpen with a strong closing performance, or a new field for the Pawtucket Red Sox isn’t likely.

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In a 24-page decision released Thursday, Superior Court Presiding Justice Alice Gibney rejected Governor Gina Raimondo's request to release the grand jury records in the 38 Studios case, writing in part that "releasing documents based on mere public interest in grand jury proceedings would entirely defeat the purpose, and role, of the grand jury."

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