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A sadly familiar story dominates the news once again.  Meanwhile, the political beat remains busy in the Biggest Little. As usual your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

State Senator Dawn Euer (D-Newport) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of legislative issues, including the progressive movement, the PawSox stadium debate, abortion rights, redevelopment in Newport, and much more.

The political heat is rising, slowly but surely, as we move closer to election season. 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.

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The PawSox stadium proposal passed last week by the Rhode Island Senate is expected to undergo some changes when the plan gets introduced at the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

It was a busy week in Rhode Island politics, so let's take some time to look back and ahead. 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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Rhode Island House Republican Whip Blake Filippi of Block Island joins Political Roundtable 

Next week looms as a big table-setter for Rhody politics in 2018, with lots of storylines to follow. 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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Rhode Island House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi joins Bonus Q&A to discuss his political future, possible steps to improve the state's business climate, the outlook for a bill to legalize abortion rights in Rhode Island, Gov. Raimondo's approval rating, and more.

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Rhode Island House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick) joins Political Roundtable to discuss the outlook in the House for the PawSox stadium proposal, and how the state might find the money to close its latest budget deficits.

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On an 8-to-1 vote, the Rhode Island Senate's Finance Committee approved legislation that would use public financing to help build a new PawSox stadium in downtown Pawtucket, although the proposal's outlook in the House remains far from certain.

The vote, with Sen. Nicholas Kettle (R-Coventry) voting in opposition, took place after supporters and opponents aired familiar arguments for a bit more than an hour.

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A state Senate Committee will consider the fate of the PawSox Tuesday, with a hearing on two bills related to the proposed PawSox stadium in Pawtucket. The hearing had to be postponed last week due to winter weather.

One bill would authorize the state to enter leasing and finacing agreements related to a new ballpark. The other would allow redevelopment agencies to finance the building of projects for residential, recreational, commercial and other uses.

Rhode Island emerged largely unscathed from the initial phase of our first big weather-related test of the new year, so bully for us, hardy New Englanders and cringing weather weenies alike. Thanks for stopping by for my column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters.

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Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins Political Roundtable to discuss his political future, the outlook on keeping the PawSox in Rhode Island, and how his community may be affected by fiscal trends at the state and national level.

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With the fate of the Pawtucket Red Sox looming over the start of the General Assembly's 2018 session, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said stronger public support is the key to winning his backing for the team's $83 million stadium proposal.

We're on the cusp of an exciting new year in Rhode Island, with lots of political intrigue and big elections up for grabs. 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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