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State Republican Chairman Brandon Bell joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the FBI report on Hillary Clinton, the latest Donald Trump controversy, and the outlook for increasing GOP ranks in the General Assembly.

State Republican Chairman Brandon Bell joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the RI GOP's plans for 2018, his upcoming trip to the Republican National Convention, and the Republican legislative fight against House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

Supporters of Linda Finn, a former state rep seeking a comeback this fall, are crying foul after the state Democratic Party endorsed rival Democrat James Cawley in the race for the District 72 seat.

State Democratic Chairman Joseph McNamara, a rep from Warwick, could not be reached for comment.

Party spokeswoman Ann Gooding offered this explanation for why Cawley got the Democratic endorsement instead of a former rep: "Cawley asked for that endorsement, Finn did not."

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Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea said the state's newly signed lobbying law will enable the state to pursue cases of unregistered lobbying.

Governor Gina Raimondo signed the lobbying bill into law Wednesday morning. That came a little more than a year after Gorbea's office dropped unregistered lobbying cases against two figures linked to 38 Studios, Michael Corso and Thomas Zaccagnino, due to flaws in the state's lobbying law.

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Senate Finance Chairman Daniel DaPonte (D-East Providence) joined Bonus Q&A this week to discuss the end of the legislative session, public debt, the future of Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, property taxes, and much more.

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State Senator Daniel DaPonte (D-East Providence), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, joins Political Roundtable to discuss local fallout from the Brexit vote; why more people don't run for the General Assembly; and cross-chamber disagreements at the end of session.

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About one-third of 113 General Assembly seats may go uncontested in fall elections.

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Governor Gina Raimondo has signed an $8.9 billion budget into law. It includes millions of dollars for environmental initiatives. Rhode Island Public Radio news director Elisabeth Harrison gets the details from our environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza. 

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The emergence of a second Republican candidate for the Cranston House seat held by Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is exposing a conflict within the state GOP.

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Four of the 12 Republican state reps in the House of Representatives are not seeking re-election, raising further questions about the GOP's ability to increase its Smith Hill representation.

Community activist Lisa Scorpio has joined the Democratic primary field running against state Rep. John Carnevale (D-Providence).

The General Assembly session is over, the budget is signed, yet politics never takes a holiday. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and your can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Governor Gina Raimondo on Friday signed the $8.9 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, calling it a "terrific" plan that will position Rhode Island for economic growth.

During a Statehouse signing ceremony, the governor applauded the General Assembly, particularly House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, for including the vast majority of her initiatives in the spending plan. She acknowledged Rhode Island still has a significant need for more jobs.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the all-night session that ended the General Assembly year for 2016, and a host of other legislative issues, including grants, whether Democratic dominance is good for Rhode Island, and much more.

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