Shelby Maldonado

One need not suffer from triskaidekaphobia to question Rhode Island's budget outlook. But lawmakers are heading off on their spring break, and the weather shows some (brief) signs of improvement, so it will have to wait. Thanks, regardless, 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 State Rep. Shelby Maldonado joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the intersection of politics and immigration, the clash between progressives and establishment Democrats, abortion rights, affordable housing and much more.

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Rhode Island state Rep. Shelby Maldonado (D-Central Falls) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her bill meant to aid people in the DACA program, the emerging race for governor, and the outlook for gun-related bills in the General Assembly.

What if there were predictions of a big snow storm and the forecasted flakes failed to materialize? Well, unexpected stuff happens -- in weather, as in politics. With that note, 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.

Ian Donnis

Americans remain sharply divided in the run-up to the presidential election next month. One issue raised repeatedly during this campaign is immigration, and what it means to be an American.