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Governor Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss the failure of the once-heralded startup Nabsys; challenges at the state Department of Transportation; the outlook for her toll proposal; the new state unemployment numbers; and much more.

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Governor Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her efforts to improve RI's economy; whether she'll support keeping the PawSox in Pawtucket; and the controversy about her administration hiring former state Rep. Donald Lally four months after he left office.

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At a time when a US nuclear agreement with Iran remains the subject of sharp debate, a two-year-old law calling for Rhode Island to divest from companies doing business with Iran has failed to result in the divestment of any money.

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The state Republican Party said Wednesday it has filed a state Ethics Commission complaint against former state Rep. Donald Lally, whose hiring by the Raimondo administration in July -- four months after he left the legislature -- is sparking debate about whether it violated the state's revolving door law.

The complaint was announced in a statement by RI GOP chairman Brandon Bell.

It's a somber Friday as we pause to remember 9/11 and the lives lost 14 years ago. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As always, your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss a range of topics, including the GOP side of the presidential race; the performance of RI's pension fund; the next move on the PawSox, and more. For more Newberry, listen to his appearance on our Political Roundtable.

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House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Governor Gina Raimondo's changes at the state Department of Transportation; Raimondo's unresolved truck-toll proposal; and whether there's justification to keep confidential some of the 38 Studios documents.

For more Newberry, listen to his appearance on our Bonus Q+A.

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Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein has slated two hearings, starting next Tuesday, on whether to keep confidential some of the documents related to the state's lawsuit over 38 Studios.

It is not clear why Silverstein decided to take this step. Court Clerk Henry S. Kinch Jr. says the judge is trying to get consensus from the different parties in the case.

"He’s really focused on getting as much of the material that is agreed upon to be released," Kinch said. "That’s what he’s trying to do here."

Judge Berman's decision arrives in time to salvage a disappointing sports season in New England, as, meanwhile, the future home of the PawSox hangs in the balance. Thanks for stopping by for my weekend column. As usual, feel free to share your tips and thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss how the General Assembly impasse in June affected one of her legislative priorities; why her lobbying proposal didn't win approval; what she can do increase legislative transparency; and more. For more Gorbea, check her appearance on this week's Political Roundtable.

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Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss a new study on the economic impact of truck tolls; whether her office can do more to police lobbying; and whether a new state contract for daycare workers should concern taxpayers.

A summer slowdown of news? Rhode Island's summer of 2015 will likely be remembered for two important releases of information -- the State Police report on Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, and, more significantly, the unsealing of documents in the state's lawsuit over 38 Studios. As always, feel free to drop me a tip or your comments, and to follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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A proposed ballpark for the PawSox in Providence and the vacant so-called Superman Building might seem to have little in common. Yet both raise questions involving economic development and the possible use of taxpayer subsidies. 

Old stories have a way of cycling back into the news in Rhode Island, and this otherwise quiet week was a case in point. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As always, your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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