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Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! I'm grateful for our listeners/readers at RIPR, my excellent colleagues in the local media, the staffers and spokespeople on the beat, and of course, Rhode Island politics -- the gift that keeps giving. With that in mind, feel free to drop me a tip or comment via email and to follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

For Thanksgiving week, the panel looks back at Rhode Island political stories for which we were thankful for in 2015, as well as our top political turkeys of the year.

After a mid-November slowdown, politics near and far remains roiled by fallout from the Paris attacks. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are welcome via email, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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On a 9-0 margin, the House Oversight Committee voted Thursday to seek a subpoena meant to spur State House testimony by Curt Schilling about his ill-fated video game company, 38 Studios. Yet the committee's counsel, Charles Knowles, told the panel that a court in Massachusetts, where Schilling resides, is unlikely to recognize the subpoena.

State Rep. Karen MacBeth (D-Cumberland), who chairs the committee, said there's value in issuing the subpoena, even if it doesn't succeed in the short-term in causing testimony by Schilling.

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State Senator Elaine Morgan (R-Hopkinton) is attracting national attention for an email she sent condemning Islam and calling for Syrian refugees in the US to be kept in a "camp" separate from Americans.

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A Block Island lawmaker wants to prevent the state from imposing new tolls on passenger cars.

Governor Gina Raimondo has said tolling passenger cars is not part of her $1.1 billion infrastructure improvement plan.

Nothing like spring weather to usher in November, but that's going to change, right? Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual your tips and thoughts are welcome via email (along with suggestions for "Coming & Going"), and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

State Rep. Blake Filippi (I-New Shoreham) joins Political Roundtable to discuss Governor Raimondo's infrastructure plan; House Oversight's examination of 38 Studios; and his role as the only independent among 75 members of the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

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House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Karen MacBeth said Tuesday she believes Michael Corso never registered as a lobbyist because a so-called "success fee" in his arrangement with 38 Studios would have violated state lobbying law. 

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One of the former owners of the Shark Bar has been indicted on one count of bribing a public official, as part of the corruption case involving former House speaker Gordon Fox, officials said Friday.

State Rep. Cale Keable (D-Burrillville) joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss government ethics, the power plant proposed in Burrillville, judicial selection, and other topics.

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Governor Gina Raimondo's office released a new study Thursday that it said buttresses the case for the governor's controversial truck-toll proposal. The Rhode Island Truckers Association responded by questioning the numbers in the study.

A traffic collection report prepared for the state Department of Transportation by CDM Smith found that trucks volumes in class eight and above "are, in total, 27 percent higher than the raw volumes developed by RIDOT," through "approximations" "for their initial assessment for the RhodeWorks program."

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State officials on Monday announced the availability of two tax incentives, both contained in the budget passed by the General Assembly in June, that are meant to improve Rhode Island's economy.

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