Political Roundtable

Friday at 5:50 AM and 7:50 AM

A spirited debate on politics in The Ocean State, heard every Friday morning during Morning Edition on RIPR.

Hosted by Ian Donnis, RIPR's Political Reporter, and featuring URI Political Science Professor Maureen Moakley and RIPR's Political Analyst Scott MacKay.

Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the status of some high-profile projects, the effectiveness of state incentives, the outlook on working with the Trump administration, and much more.

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State Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joins Political Roundtable to discuss the high-rise residential towers proposed in the I-195 District and the level of development activity in the state-controlled zone.

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State Rep-elect Ken Mendonca (R-Portsmouth) joins Political Roundtable to discuss his election to the House, and how Governor Gina Raimondo is doing at mid-term. Plus, the panel's picks for Turkeys of the Year, and stories for which we were thankful.

State Rep-elect Ken Mendonca joins Bonus Q&A to discuss his top legislative goal, why truck tolls were not influential as an election issue, whether President-elect Trump should do more to repudiate hate groups, and more.

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House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi of Warwick joins Political Roundtable to discuss his new leadership role, whether Donald Trump's showing in RI will lead to a bigger GOP push in 2018, and a development proposed for the former I-195 land.

House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi joins Bonus Q&A to discuss his new leadership role and a range of other issues.

The panel discusses Trump's victory, the battle between Speaker Mattiello and Steven Frias, and why not much changed in the General Assembly as far as Democratic incumbents.

State Rep. Blake Filippi (I-New Shoreham) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the volume of independents running for the General Assembly, the constitutionality of truck tolls, how power might be more widely shared in the House of Representatives, and much more.

Ward 14 Providence Councilor David Salvatore joins Bonus Q&A to talk about city finances, the proposed agreement with city firefighters, whether Providence's influence at the legislature is waning, and other topics.

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University of Rhode Island President David Dooley joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Curt Schilling's comments on 38 Studios; ballot question 4, which would allocate $45 million in borrowing to modernize an engineering building at URI and create a so-called innovation campus; and what do about student debt.

URI President David Dooley joins Bonus Q&A this week to talk about college affordability, the status of Wexford Science & Technology's proposed life-science park in the I-195 District, URI's role in helping the state's growing Latino community, and more.

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Brett Smiley, chief of staff for Governor Gina Raimondo, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the troubled rollout of the state's new $364 million system for social service benefits; the Raimondo administration's efforts to raise the skills of workers; and a foul word used in a tweet about Donald Trump.

Brett Smiley, chief of staff for Governor Gina Raimondo, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues facing the state, including truck tolls, car taxes, his priorities, and much more.

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