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.

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State Rep. Doreen Costa (R-North Kingstown) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss efforts to reduce gun violence; the high-stakes pursuit of General Electric; and the outlook on Governor Gina Raimondo's truck toll plan.

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Elizabeth Roberts, secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the Raimondo administration's attempt to cut Medicaid spending and improve the troubled state Department of Children, Youth and Familes, as well as the outlook on the governor's truck-toll plan.

Elizabeth Roberts, secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss efforts to improve agencies under her watch; the growing cost of the UHIP IT project, and other issues.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza is our guest for the first Political Roundtable of 2016. We discuss concerns on Providence finances and the city's ongoing dispute with the firefighters' union.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q+A to talk about the capital city's budget outlook, whether past city councilors who work for the city should be able to boost their pensions, and trying to bring more economic development to the state's largest city.

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The Political Roundtable crew wishes a Merry Christmas to all our listeners. Ted Nesi from WPRI.com fills in for Scott MacKay this week, and Pablo Rodriguez is our guest, as we discuss stories that flew under the radar in 2015 and offer our predictions for RI politics in the New Year.

Michael Stenhouse, CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, joins Political Roundtable to discuss Governor Gina Raimondo's performance on the economy; the governor's truck-toll proposal; and the latest developments involving the House Oversight Committee and 38 Studios.

Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity CEO Michael Stenhouse joins Bonus Q+A to discuss unions, citizen activism, how his center is funded, efforts to improve public education and more.

State Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joins Political Roundtable to talk about Wexford Science & Technology's proposal for the I-195 District; Rhode Island's attempt to attract General Electric from Connecticut; and Gov. Raimondo's first-year record on economic development.

State Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joins the Bonus Q+A segment this week to discuss the effectiveness of the Raimondo administration's incentive program; whether the state can play a role in reviving the Superman Building; attempts to attract a Cambridge Innovation Center office, and much more.

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State Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-Providence) joins Political Roundtable to discuss mass shootings; the politics of judicial selection; and Governor Raimondo's truck-toll plan.

State Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-Providence) joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss the debate over Syrian refugees, education funding, Providence finances, and much more.

For Thanksgiving week, the panel looks back at Rhode Island political stories for which we were thankful for in 2015, as well as our top political turkeys of the year.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss a host of issues, including a lawsuit filed by public safety retirees over pension cuts, his preference in the presidential race, his political future, and more.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the debate over Syrian refugees, fallout from Cranston's police controversy, and the state's disappointing PARCC scores.

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