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Just another ho-hum week in Rhode Island politics, right? The news emerged fast and furious Wednesday, in a likely harbinger of a lot more drama in the months to come. 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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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her re-election campaign and the campaign finance violation involving House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the state budget, problems with the UHIP IT system, the controversial Fane tower proposed in Providence, and much more.

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Rhode Island House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick) announced Thursday he's seeking re-election to the House of Representatives and supporting Warwick City Council president Joe Solomon for the mayoral vacancy being created by Scott Avedisian's move to be CEO of RIPTA.

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Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello concedes he made a mistake by exceeding state campaign finance laws by about $72,000 in the midst of a very tight re-election fight for his Cranston state representative seat in 2016. But he said the violation did not make a difference in the outcome of his 85-vote win over Republican Steven Frias.

Mattiello said he had more than enough at the time to draw the $72,000 from his personal campaign account, and he likened the campaign violation documented by the state Board of Elections to using the wrong checking account to pay a bill.

Only about two months remain until the filing deadline to run for public office in Rhode Island this year, so a more active phase of campaign season is approaching. With that in mind, 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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A new study finds that Rhode Island’s film and TV tax credit is losing the state more than $1.8 million a year.

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Rhode Island State Rep. Jeremiah "Jay" O'Grady was stretching after a workout at MacColl YMCA in Lincoln last August and he was looking forward to seeing a concert with his wife when his life was suddenly turned upside down.

One need not suffer from triskaidekaphobia to question Rhode Island's budget outlook. But lawmakers are heading off on their spring break, and the weather shows some (brief) signs of improvement, so it will have to wait. Thanks, regardless, 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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Rhode Island State Rep. Shelby Maldonado joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the intersection of politics and immigration, the clash between progressives and establishment Democrats, abortion rights, affordable housing and much more.

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Rhode Island state Rep. Shelby Maldonado (D-Central Falls) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her bill meant to aid people in the DACA program, the emerging race for governor, and the outlook for gun-related bills in the General Assembly.

To paraphrase a remark (mistakenly) attributed to Mark Twain, the coldest winter I ever spent was a spring in southern New England. But we roll with the punches, right? 

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Democrat Sandra Cano scored a decisive win over Republican Nathan Luciano Tuesday in a special election for an open Rhode Island Senate seat in Pawtucket.

Baseball is back, there are rumors of warmer temperatures, and the political beat continues to run hot. 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.

What if there were predictions of a big snow storm and the forecasted flakes failed to materialize? Well, unexpected stuff happens -- in weather, as in politics. With that note, 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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