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State Representative Michael Marcello (D-Scituate) joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his fight for the speakership with Nicholas Mattiello and a host of other issues, including guns, ethics, the budget outlook, and more.

A state task force is calling for a change in Rhode Island law, saying the state should contribute mental health records to a national background check database called NICS. The firearms safety task force says Rhode Island should provide records only in limited cases in which a person is involuntarily committed by the courts and poses a significant risk of violence.

Records would not be submitted for people determined to pose only a low risk of violence. And the task force says the state should avoid providing any specific information about a patient's diagnosis.

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State Representative Deborah Ruggiero (D-Jamestown) joins Political Roundtable this week to talk about a legislative panel looking at the link between mental health and firearms; a new state Senate report on the addressing the skills gap; and developments in the race for governor.

The year ended as 2013 began: with Rhode Island's political/media class fixated on the looming race for governor in 2014. At least we're a bit closer now. With that in mind, welcome back to my weekly column. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and your cordially invited to follow me on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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Democratic Secretary of State candidate Guillaume de Ramel joins us on Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign; Gina Raimondo's entry in the race for governor; and possible fallout from the recall election defeated in Exeter.

Get ready for the first serious snow of the year, and a storm of a different sorts in Exeter. Welcome back to my weekly column. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to follow me on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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Voters head to the polls in Exeter on Saturday for a recall election that could send a majority of the town council packing. 

The recall was sparked by a dispute over gun permits.  It started after four out of five town councilors supported a move to put permits for concealed weapons in the hands of the attorney general instead of the town clerk.

Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with political analyst Scott MacKay to find out what's at stake in this unusual election.

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Voters in Exeter will go to the polls this Saturday to decide whether to keep or kick out four of the five members on the town council. The recall election was sparked by a request from four councilors who voted to ask the General Assembly to change how gun permits are issued in Exeter. Although the legislature never took up the request, advocates for gun rights responded by organizing the recall. The fight in Exeter shows how attempts to change local gun laws face sharp opposition.

A joint task force is hearing public testimony this afternoon on Rhode Island's compliance - or lack there-of- with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). That's one of three national databases gun sellers are supposed to check before they sell you a gun, and it's the one that contains records of involuntary commitment, substance abuse, and other mental health data. The other databases contain criminal records. Rhode Island does not submit mental health records to NICS, and it's trying to figure out whether it can and should.

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Attorney General Peter Kilmartin joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the race for governor; the fate of gun-related legislation in the General Assembly; the cancaled appearance at Brown University involving New York City police commissioner Raymond Kelly, and other issues.

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Democratic candidate for general treasurer Seth Magaziner joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign; the debate between Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo over third-party spending; divesting the state pension fund from gun-related companies; and other issues.

The NRA's political action committee in Rhode Island, which has contributed a considerable amount of money to Rhode Island lawmakers over the years, dissolved on September 26 after being the subject of a complaint by the Rhode Island chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America.

The president of the Exeter Town Council says an effort to recall her and three other councilors is unjustified. Some gun owners were upset when four councilors tried getting the attorney general’s office to take responsibility for issuing concealed carry permits.

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Is Rhode Island taking steps to join NICS, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System? Perhaps. The General Assembly has passed legislation authorizing the creation of a 20-member task force to explore the "intersection of behavioral health and firearm safety." Here's what it means.

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As far as I can tell from the Rhode Island General Assembly's online legislation tracker, not a single bill dealing with reducing firearm violence has made it out of committee. Most have been recommended "held for further study," a kind of legislative purgatory, although some bills could be revived at the last minute.

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