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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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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Political Roundtable to discuss the criticism coming from rival candidate, Republican Steven Frias; the residency complaint against state Rep. John Carnevale; and why the House backed an effort to make it easier to purchase handguns.

Cranston Republican Steven Frias hopes to ride a wave of dissatisfaction with Rhode Island's status quo to unseat House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, often referred to the most powerful elected official in the state.

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Governor Gina Raimondo took questions from reporters Wednesday, during the latest in a series of occasional lunches with the media at the state Department of Administration cafeteria. Here's a look at the highlights:

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On a 2-0 margin, the Providence Board of Canvassers voted Tuesday to hold another hearing to examine whether state Rep. John Carnevale resides at his listed address in Providence.

The Providence Board of Canvassers will hold a hearing Tuesday, to consider whether state Rep. John Carnevale lives in his district.

Following an undercover report last week by WPRI-TV, state Republican chairman Brandon Bell filed a complaint against Carnevale.

Bell’s complaint asks the Canvassers Board to consider whether Carnevale really lives at his listed address in Providence. Carnevale maintains he does live at the Providence location.

WPRI’s undercover report found Carnevale a frequent presence at a property he owns outside his district in Johnston.

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The state Senate passed early Saturday an $8.9 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, and sleepy lawmakers pushed their final session of 2016 past sunrise before calling it quits.

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State Rep. Joseph Trillo (R-Warwick), the dean of House Republicans, has decided against seeking re-election in the face of a possibly tough Democratic challenge from political newcomer Evan Shanley.

Trillo is a sometimes bombastic lawmaker who chairs Donald Trump's Rhode Island campaign. He was first elected as a rep in 2000 and currently serves as minority whip of the 13-member House GOP caucus.

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.

State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) was among the 13 reps who voted against the new state budget Wednesday night. Morgan stopped by our studio to talk about the spending plan, the GOP legislative outlook for fall elections, and much more.

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State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the budget passed by the RI House, questions about Rep. John Carnevale's residency, and how to prevent mass shootings like the one in Orlando, Florida.

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On a 59-to-13 party line vote, the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved an $8.9 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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