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Six years have passed since the bankruptcy of the video game company 38 Studios. But two of the firms sued by Rhode Island over 38 Studio’s demise continue to perform lucrative work for a quasi-public state agency.

Time always seems to speed up in summer, right? It'll be August before we know it, then September, and the political milestones of November and January won't be far behind. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column, Your tips and comments remain welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. (Program note: I'm taking some time off, so TGIF will return later this month.) Here we go.

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Rhode Island politics is once again enveloped in the economic rating game. Some national rankings show the state’s economy to be doing well, while others don’t. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay is skeptical of all the rankings, ratings and lists.

The CNBC business network recently ranked Rhode Island at 45 out of 50 on its 2018 list of the top states for business. Business Insider's web site put Rhode Island much higher, stating it has the ninth best business climate in the country.

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has imposed a $100,000 fine on a California investment company for violating pay to play rules meant to prevent political contributions from influencing investment decisions. An executive with the company, Oaktree Capital Management, made a $1,000 contribution to Gina Raimondo when she was running for governor in 2014, but it was refunded a few weeks later.

What appears to be the last week of the General Assembly is coming in for landing. 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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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's gubernatorial campaign is moving from its controversial office location at Chapel View in Cranston to a different space in Warwick.

The Carpionato Group, which owns Chapel View and pursues development throughout New England, has received attention for providing office space to Fung and Cranston Democrats without collecting rent. The stories were first reported by WPRI-TV.

The Carpionato Group contributed to the cost of a campaign mailer that supported Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello in 2016.

The mailer was paid for by a group called Progress RI, which was chaired by Richard Ferruccio, the president of the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers. The mailer identifies the "only donors" as Tasca Automotive Group, Carpionato Group and Cardi's Furniture.

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Two rivals of GOP gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and Republican Patricia Morgan, filed complaints Monday against Fung with the state Board of Elections about questions surrounding Fung's campaign headquarters in Cranston. The non-partisan good government group Common Cause of Rhode Island also filed a complaint against Fung.

The complaints by the rival campaigns ask the Elections Board to probe the issue, which includes how Fung wound up for not paying rent to developer Carpionato Group for his Chapel View campaign office in 2016.

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.

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Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan is criticizing GOP rival Allan Fung after WPRI-TV reported that Fung's campaign wound up not paying developer Carpionato Group rent for its campaign headquarters at Chapel View in 2016.

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Rhode Island GOP gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan, the Republican leader in the RI House, joins Political Roundtable to discuss fallout from a potentially costly mistake at the Exeutive Office of Health and Human Services, the race for governor, and the outlook on the PawSox.

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Rhode Island GOP candidate for governor Patricia Morgan, the Republican leader in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss a range of issues, including taxes, incentives, state spending and school construction.

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Rival candidates for governor continued pressing attacks against Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo Wednesday amid fallout from a potentially costly legal case, while Raimondo's campaign pointed to economic improvements in the state during her time in office.

Just when you think the PawSox stadium might be down for the count this legislative session, a new proposal emerges on the scene. 

The May Revenue Estimating Conference is in the books, signaling the beginning of the end of the legislative session, and all the excitement that comes with that. 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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