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Steven Frias, Rhode Island's GOP National Committeeman, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the car tax debate; Care New England's envisioned merger; and the latest poll findings from Brown University.

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Two more candidates have joined the race to fill the state Senate seat vacated by former Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.

There are lots of things cooking in the Biggest Little, even with lawmakers taking off for their spring break. 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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A new poll by Bryant University's Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership shows strong backing for Governor Gina Raimondo's proposal to offer two years of free college tuition to Rhode Islanders, and softer support for House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's move to phaseout the car tax over five years.

A new baseball season dawns, and the General Assembly gets ready to get down to the nitty gritty. 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.

Senate President Dominick Ruggerio joins Bonus Q&A to discuss his priorities as Senate president; the I-195 District; marijuana legalization; 38 Studios; good government proposals; and much more.

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State Senate President Dominick Ruggerio joins Political Roundtable to discuss the future of the PawSox; competing priorities for state spending; and the outlook on Governor Gina Raimondo's college tuition proposal.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez plans to use an appearance in Rhode Island Thursday to tout Governor Gina Raimondo's free college tuition plan as a smart investment in the state's future.

More boisterous times in state and national politics. 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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In one of his first moves as the new president of the state Senate, Dominick Ruggerio has removed Sen. Daniel DaPonte (D-East Providence) as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, replacing him with another East Providence senator, Billy Conley.

Just another quiet week in Rhode Island politics, right? Lots to chew on here, 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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Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio, the longest serving member of the Senate, won election Thursday as the new president of the chamber, succeeding Teresa Paiva Weed.

As first reported Tuesday by RI Public Radio, Ruggerio was poised to move quickly into the top position in the Senate, joined by Senate Judiciary Chairman Michael McCaffrey as Warwick as the new majority leader.

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During an emotional farewell, state Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed of Newport announced Wednesday she's leaving the General Assembly after 24 years to become president of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI).

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Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island teachers union, joins Political Roundtable this week

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Scores of high school students joined Governor Gina Raimondo in urging support Wednesday for the governor's proposal for two years of free college tuition. But a bipartisan cross-section of the House Finance Committee reacted coolly to the concept, and the fate of the proposal remains unclear.

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