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Rhode Island state Rep. Thomas Winfield (D-Smithfield), one of five remaining House members from an unusually large incoming class in 1992, is not seeking re-election.

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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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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 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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An insurance industry group says a car parts bill passed Tuesday by the Rhode Island House Corporations Committee will make the state an outlier and raise costs for consumers. But the sponsor of the measure, state Rep. Ken Marshall (D-Bristol), contends the legislation makes sense and will protect consumers.

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With a potentially costly legal dispute settled between the state of Rhode Island and a group of nursing homes, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said Tuesday that he remains concerned about management issues in the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

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An advocate for nursing homes is warning of dire effects from the budget passed late Friday by the House Finance Committee.

Virginia Burke, president of the Rhode Island Health Care Association, said the budget includes an 8.5 percent cut for nursing homes, the equivalent of about $30 million.

"To take 8.5 percent away from their revenues, that's going to be devastating," Burke told RIPR. "There will be places that have to close. The places that can keep their doors open will have massive layoffs, they won't be able to pay their vendors."

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After little discussion during a 40-minute hearing, the House Finance Committee approved Friday a $9.55 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 that restores money for human service programs, kills a proposed 25 cent per pack hike in the cigarette tax and gives voters the chance in November to direct $250 million to school construction.

Just another quiet week in the Biggest Little. 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.

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

It's Memorial Day weekend, a time to reflect on the sacrifices of others while also looking to summer pleasures. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can reach me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Sulina Mohanty, chairwoman of the Women's Caucus of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, joins Political Roundtable to discuss heightened political engagement by women, why more has not been heard about harassment at the Statehouse, and how the Women's Caucus will address the looming clash between some women candidates and the Democratic establishment.

Sulina Mohanty, chairwoman of the RI Democratic Party's Women's Caucus, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss activism, the caucus' efforts, the impact of President Trump in Rhode Island and much more.

Campaign season continues to heat up, with the end-of-June filing deadline drawing ever closer. 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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