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Following a series of talks between House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, the month-long Rhode Island budget impasse may come to a conclusion next week.

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Former Warwick state Rep. Joe Trillo, a potential GOP gubernatorial candidate next year, joined Bonus Q&A this week to discuss a range of issues, including his support for Donald Trump; immigration; and why Republicans struggle to build their ranks in the General Assembly.

Governor's Office

Governor Gina Raimondo ramped up attention on Rhode Island's month-old budget impasse by meeting Thursday with more than 24 city and town leaders.

So much for summer doldrums. The political beat keeps running hot and heavy in the Biggest Little. Thanks for stopping by. 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 House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Political Roundtable to discuss the potential end to the state budget impasse; the next step on the PawSox' proposed stadium; and whether the House will override Governor Raimondo's veto of an evergreen contract measure.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Bonus Q&A to discuss possible ways to avoid future budget stalemates, 38 Studios, the PawSox, the paid sick leave bill, and much more.

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The Rhode Island budget stalemate that flared on June 30 may be approaching an end.

Senate President Dominick Ruggerio now supports bringing back senators to vote on the budget as soon as next week, according to spokesman Peter Capineri. "The president is going to start talking to members today to find out when they’re available," Capineri said via email Wednesday. "I do not believe any decision will be made today."

It appears the Senate would vote on the House version of the budget.

Euer Campaign

Lawyer-activist Dawn Euer won a decisive victory Tuesday in the four-way Democratic primary for the Rhode Island Senate seat formerly held by Teresa Paiva Weed.

Euer, who was part of the organization that led to the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2013, attributed her win to grassroots support.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio plan to sit down Tuesday, away from the Statehouse, to discuss the state budget impasse.

House spokesman Larry Berman confirmed the meeting.

It remains unclear if the get-together will produce an end to the stalemate.

The dispute erupted when the Senate added a last-minute amendment to the state budget late last month. Lawmakers wound up leaving the Statehouse without approving the spending plan for the fiscal year that began July first.

So much for July being a slow news month. We've got the budget impasse, governors from around the U.S., and even the Sox cutting ties with Pedro Sandoval. So thanks for welcoming back your humble correspondent. As usual, you're welcome to share your tips and comments, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Remember Rhode Island’s disastrous deal with former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling? The state invested $75 million of taxpayer dollars in Schilling’s video game company 38 Studios and lost it all before a lawsuit clawed back most of the money. It was one of the worst financial decisions in Rhode Island history. Yet the company that served as the state’s financial adviser on the deal has continued doing business throughout the state.

A new fiscal year dawns, along with a series of fresh storylines. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. (Note: TGIF is taking a summer break, so yes, this week's column is way shorter than usual; TGIF is taking next week off and will return July 14).

Georgia Hollister Isman, state director of the Rhode Island Working Families Party, is the guest on Bonus Q&A this week. She discussed a range of topics, including future plans for the labor-backed advocacy group, what it's like advocating at the General Assembly & more.

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Georgia Hollister Isman, state director for the Rhode Island Working Families Party, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the labor-backed progressive advocacy group; the debate over requiring paid sick leave; and the re-surfacing of the PawSox' stadium proposal.

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Senate Finance Chairman William Conley (D-East Providence) said Tuesday that a newly introduced PawSox stadium bill reduces potential liability for taxpayers by using state aid to Pawtucket as a backstop for borrowing, if the envisioned stadium produces less revenue than expected.

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