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It was quite the week in Rhode Island politics, and the fallout led to tardy publication of this week's column. So 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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Colorado's director of marijuana coordination said the legalization hasn't led to a significant increase in demand for the drug in the Rocky Mountain State in the short term, although legalization is "a heavy lift" and the related revenue isn't a panacea for cash-strapped states.

Andrew Freedman told reporters during a Statehouse availability on Tuesday that most of those wanting to buy marijuana legally were those who were previously using it illegally.

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House Oversight Chairwoman Karen MacBeth announced Monday she's leaving the Democratic Party and becoming a Republican since she thinks the GOP is more aligned with serving the public interest of Rhode Islanders.

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State Sen. John Pagliarini (R-Tiverton) joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss the proposed Tiverton casino, how he won his special election race in January, and much more.

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State Sen. John Pagliarini joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss whether Governor Raimondo should get a legal opinion on truck tolls, whether gun legislation at the Statehouse will reduce gun violence, and the political legacy of Robert "Cool Moose" Healey.

Happy March Madness, and 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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Governor Gina Raimondo said Tuesday she's open to the possibility of a statewide referendum on legalizing marijuana.

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A conservative-leaning citizens group, Rhode Island Taxpayers, is disbanding due to a lack of financial support.

RI Taxpayers began 12 years ago as the Rhode Island Statewide Coalition. It had also been known early on as the Rhode Island Shoreline Coalition.

In a statement, Rhode Island Taxpayers said the group was founded with the idea of raising the voice of citizens in state issues. The organization has pursued that in part with a web site and by using a daily email bulletin to distribute news stories.

March is here, along with what continues to be an unusual year in presidential politics. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and thoughts are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Voters will decide the fate of Twin River's proposed Tiverton convenience casino, after Governor Gina Raimondo signed related legislation into law Friday afternoon.

Twin River unveiled the plan in April 2015, calling it Rhode Island's best hope for preserving the third-largest source of state revenue. The proposal consists of 32 table games and about 1,000 video lottery terminals.

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State Representative Daniel Reilly (R-Portsmouth), a Marco Rubio supporter, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss fallout from Super Tuesday, Donald Trump's impact on the Republican Party, and whether truck tolls will be an effective issue for GOP legislative candidates this fall.

State Representative Daniel Reilly (R-Portsmouth) joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the state's infrastructure, ethics, marijuana legalization, the outlook for electing more GOP lawmakers, and other issues.

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Nancy DeNuccio, chair of the Ocean State Prevention Alliance, stopped by our studio to discuss why she opposes the legalization of marijuana.

Earlier this week, we heard from Jared Moffat, head of Regulate Rhode Island, which advocates legalization.

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