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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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Jared Moffat, director of the pro-legalization group Regulate Rhode Island, makes the case for why he believes marijuana should be regulated and taxed like alcohol.

Later this week, RI Public Radio will feature a Q&A with an opponnent of marijuana legalization.

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Chris Torres, state director of the Rhode Island Working Families Party, stopped by our studio yesterday to discuss the new progressive political group and related issues.

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After years of effort, Deepwater Wind expects to complete the first offshore wind farm in the US later this year. Supporters say the project off the coast of Block Island is an important milestone that will bolster the growth of renewable energy. 

Pitchers and catchers have reported to Fort Myers, so glimmers of spring are slowly approaching. 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.

Quite the busy week in Rhode Island politics, with RhodeWorks sprinting through the legislature. 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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House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) on Friday called for House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello to launch a House Oversight investigation into whether the state Department of Transportation pressured state reps to support the new truck toll law ahead of the House vote earlier this week.

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Almost nine months after unveiling the initial version of her infrastructure proposal, Governor Gina Raimondo on Thursday signed into law a revised version of RhodeWorks that will trigger new tolls on big trucks on Rhode Island highways.

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After seven hours of often sharp debate, the House of Representative on Wednesday voted, 52-21, to approve the revised version of Governor Gina Raimondo's plan to fix the state's crumbling infrastructure through new tolls on big trucks. 

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The revised bill to fix Rhode Island's crumbling bridges through new tolls on big trucks appears head to fast final passage before the end of the week, despite warnings from critics who see the plan as a threat to the state's economy.

On a 14-4 vote, House Finance Committee approved the so-called RhodeWorks bill. Rep. Ray Hull (D-Providence) joined three committee Republicans, Patricia Morgan of West Warwick, Daniel Reilly of Portsmouth, and Anthony Giarrusso of East Greenwich, in opposing the measure.

Budget. Truck Tolls. Presidential Politics. It's all going on, 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.

The debate over Governor Gina Raimondo's proposal to use truck tolls to pay for fixing Rhode Island's troubled bridges resumed in the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday.

State DOT director Peter Alviti touted the plan known as RhodeWorks as a way to upgrade bridges, promote safety for drivers, and create jobs.

"As a native Rhode Islander, as a civil engineer, I ask that you approve this plan and allow us to bring the many talents of our Rhode Island workforce to bear in fixing our infrastructure," Alviti said.

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