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.

Governor Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to talk about the heightened focus on good government, the outlook for improving Rhode Island's economy, and efforts to improve the skills of Rhode Island workers.

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State Sen. Gayle Goldin joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the process for reviewing legislative community grants; the move to strengthen the state Ethics Commission; and state Rep. Karen MacBeth's decision to end her congressional campaign.

State Sen. Gayle Goldin (D-Providence) joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss a range of issues, including the current mood of Rhode Islanders; whether the state should legalize marijuana, her stance on the line-item veto; and other issues.

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Former state Republican chairman Giovanni Cicione joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the arrest of Providence city councilor Kevin Jackson; the outlook on de-politicizing legislative grants, and a move to strengthen the state Ethics Commission.

Lawyer, businessman and former state GOP chairman Giovanni Cicione joins Bonus Q&A to discuss whether Republicans will gain legislative seats this year; presidential politics; and Governor Gina Raimondo's approval rating.

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Congressman David Cicilline joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the fall of House Finance Chairman Ray Gallison; the level of accountability for community service grants; and what could be the looming November showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Congressman David Cicilline joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the economic concerns raised by the presidential race; the fiscal outlook in Providence; the nuclear agreement with Iran and much more.

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Patrick Quinn, executive vice president of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare1199NE, joins Political Roundtable

Patrick Quinn, executive vice president of SEIU Healthcare1199NE, joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss healthcare policy, the labor movement, and much more.

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Bonus Q&A to talk about lobbying reform, Voter ID, public records, and much more.

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Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss whether the state is ready for the presidential primary on Tuesday

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State Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss changes in Rhode Island's healthcare landscape, how lawmakers will address the proposed legalization of marijuana, and the outlook on improving public education.

State Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss charter schools, the outlook on ethics reform, her future plans, promoting green jobs, leadership at the state Board of Elections, and other issues.

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John Marion, executive director of the good government group Common Cause of Rhode Island, joins Political Roundtable this week 

John Marion, executive director of Common Cause of Rhode Island, joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss a range of political and good government issues.

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