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The New Year has begun, and that means it’s time for a new legislative session on Smith Hill. Lawmakers are expected to take up a range of issues, from car taxes to a budget deficit, and perhaps recreational marijuana. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison sat down for a preview of the legislative session with our political analyst Scott MacKay.

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Twelve new state reps and four new senators will be sworn in when the General Assembly begins its new session Tuesday. House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed are expected to be formally re-elected to their leadership positions.

State Rep. Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss the upcoming legislative session, Donald Trump, and a range of other issues.

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Governor Gina Raimondo has had an eventful 2016 -- from a string of recent job announcements to the troubled rollouts of the state's new tourism campaign and the new IT system for administering human service benefits. 

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With the new General Assembly session set to start in just under two weeks, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello sat down to discuss some of the top issues facing the legislature.

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Daniel Beardsley is retiring this month after almost three decades at the helm of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns. The league advocates for the municipalities at the Statehouse. Beardsley said the top problems they face today are about the same as they were 30 years ago.

Beardsley will be succeeded as head of the League of Cities and Towns by Deputy State Budget Officer Brian Daniels.

The ice box of winter is here, and the holidays aren't far behind. 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.

It's starting to feel like winter, but the political beat continues to run hot. So 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, the new GOP leader in the Rhode Island House, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of legislative issues.

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State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick), the new minority leader in the Rhode Island House, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss charter schools and what's next for the House GOP caucus under her leadership.

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Governor Gina Raimondo took part a ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday to mark the start of the first development utilizing the state's Rebuild RI tax credit.

The Commons at Providence Station will create 169 apartments on 2.85 acres of vacant land near the Providence train station. The project is utilizing a $5.6 million Rebuild RI tax credit and a 15-year tax stabilization agreement with the City of Providence.

Raimondo hailed the development as a sign of positive momentum in the state, aided by the award of 15 Rebuild RI tax credits.

Just a few weeks remain until 2017, a year bound to be filled with political drama. 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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Upholding your promises is vital, the legislative process is kind of like an old-school Saturday morning cartoon, and the most important thing lawmakers can do is to keep their life in order.

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Republican Steven Frias, who came close to toppling House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello in his state representative district in Cranston, announced Tuesday that he's dropped his challenge to the outcome of the race.

"After five months of being focused on this race, it is time for me to concede the election," Frias said in a statement.

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