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Summer is zipping by, so enjoy the beach and warm weather while you can. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments remain welcome. And you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Summer is zipping by, with August coming up fast and the September primary not far behind. So thanks for stopping by for the return of 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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John Marion, executive director of the good government group Common Cause of Rhode Island, joins Political Roundtable to discuss an SEC probe with a Rhode Island link, the recent General Assembly session, and fallout from recent endorsement controveries.

Common Cause of RI head John Marion joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court, how to make RI elections more competitive, what he's watching on campaign finance issues, and much more.

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Rhode Island state Sen. Gayle Goldin (D-Providence) joins Political Roundtable to discuss the endorsement controversy engulfing the RI Democratic Party, and the outlook on a bill she co-sponsored to strengthen abortion rights in the state.

Rhode Island Sen. Gayle Goldin (D-Providence) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss sexism at the Statehouse, how controversy over RI Democratic endorsements will affect party unity, the outlook on the PawSox, and much more.

Moira Walsh

After a backlash that attracted national attenion, the Rhode Island Democratic Party has rescinded endorsements for two primary candidates, including one for a former Republican who supported Donald Trump in 2016.

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Fallout from Democratic endorsements -- including one for a former Republican who supported President Donald Trump in 2016 -- continued swirling Tuesday, as some prominent Democrats voiced their support for incumbent Rep. Moira Walsh.

Steve Ahlquist

Rhode Island progressives are expressing outrage about some of the candidates endorsed in legislative elections, including a man who supported President Donald Trump in 2016 and is now running a primary challenge to state Representative Moira Walsh (D-Providence).

Summer is here, the General Assembly has adjourned and the political news keeps coming fast and furious. 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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Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Political Roundtable to discuss the condition of political participation in the state, the attempted comeback by former state Rep. John Carnevale, and the big news coming this week from the U.S. Supreme Court.

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The filing deadline to declare a campaign for public office in Rhode Island passed at 4 p.m. Thursday. But final details have not yet been filed by cities and towns with the Secretary of State's office, so information is incomplete at this point.

This report will be expanded as more details become available.

Here are some highlights from what we do know:

Former state Representative John Carnevale -- who was found by the Providence Board of Canvassers in 2016 to not be a legal voter in the district he represented -- wants his old post back.

Carnevale, a Democrat, has filed a declaration at City Hall indicating he's running for the seat now held by Rep. Ramon Perez (D-Providence).

Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

The Rhode Island General Assembly ended its 2018 session on Saturday. One of the top issues throughout the session was the fate of legislation to help create a new PawSox stadium in Pawtucket. Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis spoke with RIPR's Chuck Hinman about where things stand on that proposal.

Q: Ian, bring us up to speed. Where do things stand with the PawSox and a potential new stadium in Pawtucket?

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Cranston Republican Steve Frias -- who almost scored a remarkable upset in 2016, coming within 85 votes of defeating House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello -- announced Monday that he's taking another shot at ousting one of Rhode Island's most powerful politicians.

"The race presents a choice between Speaker Mattiello, Rhode Island’s most powerful State House politician, and Frias, an articulate advocate for the taxpayers and for reform in Rhode Island’s government," Frias said in a statement.

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