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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Political Roundtable: Whitehouse On The GOP Senate, ISIS, Infrastructure & Raimondo

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss whether Democrats can be effective in the GOP-controlled Senate; the battle against ISIS; Governor Gina Raimondo's presentation on Rhode Island's economy; and more.

Hear more of our conversation with Senator Whitehouse in Bonus Q & A.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Whitehouse on DC Gridlock, Trade, Prison Reform & More

US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse joins Bonus Q+A to discuss partisan politics in Washington; how Rhode Island is being impacted by international trade; the outlook for criminal justice reform; and much more.

Hear more of our conversation with Senator Whitehouse on Political Roundtable.

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Higher Education
8:59 am
Thu February 19, 2015

New President Says RISD Can Play A Key Role In Economic Development

New RISD President Rosanne Somerson
Credit Courtesy RISD

After an international search, the Rhode Island School of Design has settled on one of its own to take over as president. RISD has tapped Rosanne Somerson, a RISD graduate who’s been serving as interim president since December 2013.

Former president John Maeda stepped down suddenly, after a rocky relationship with RISD faculty. Maeda surprised many at RISD when he announced he had taken a job at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers.

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RI News
8:47 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Rhode Island's Overall Homeless Figures Decline 8.5 Percent

Homeless shelters, like the one operated at Crossroads RI, continue to serve the many people, (especially in the winter months), but the state's overall homeless population has decreased.
Credit RIPR FILE

Advocates working to end homelessness in Rhode Island release their annual report card Thursday looking at Rhode Island’s homeless population. For the second year in a row, the number of homeless declined. Jim Ryczek, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison to go behind the numbers.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Political Roundtable: Shekarchi on Almeida's Arrest, Tax Cuts & the Minimum Wage

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Representative Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick) joins Political Roundtable to discuss the arrest this week of State Representative Joseph Almeida (D-Providence); Shekarchi's ties to Governor Gina Raimondo and House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello; the proliferation of tax-cut proposals at the General Assembly this year; and the outlook for a hike in the minimum wage.

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On Politics
7:24 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Unlike Some States, RI Doesn't Require Routine Audits of Campaign Accounts

Almeida (center) returned Wednesday to the House of Representatives.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Representative Joseph Almeida is maintaining his innocence after State Police charged him with unlawfully appropriating more than $1500. He’s accused of using more than $6000 in campaign contributions for his personal use. Meanwhile, watchdogs say there’s room for improvement when it comes to how the state polices the money collected by politicians.

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RI News
4:00 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Wearing A Wire: Former North Providence Councilor Paul Caranci On The Toll Of Corruption

North Providence City Hall

It’s been five years since North Providence Town Councilman Paul Caranci put on a wire and recorded his fellow council members accepting bribes. He gave the recordings to the FBI and helped convict three councilmen and a town solicitor on charges of public corruption. On Wednesday, Caranci receives an award in Washington, DC, from the National Association of Secretaries of State, recognizing an act of political bravery.

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On Sports
7:15 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

PC, URI Have Learned How To Win

Credit Aaron Read RIPR

  Winning, like savoring a single malt Scotch, is an acquired taste. It takes time, 12 years in some cases. It takes work and patience and luck. And just as one must learn to sip that single malt, neat or on ice, one must learn how to win. Providence College and the University of Rhode Island are proof.

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Politics
10:20 am
Mon February 9, 2015

URI Professor Reflects On Trip To Cuba Following U.S. Diplomatic Breakthrough

The Cuban countryside
Maureen Moakley

On the heels of President Barack Obama’s announcement to restore diplomacy with Cuba, University of Rhode Island professor Maureen Moakley took a group of students to Havana to see first-hand the political and social changes 50 years after the Cuban revolution. A regular contributor to our Political Roundtable Moakley spoke spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@ripr.org

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On Politics
8:43 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Meet the Class of 2015: State Representative Lauren Carson

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With 18 new members in the 113-seat General Assembly, On Politics is offering a periodic look at the latest additions to the House and Senate. We continue with state Representative Lauren Carson (D-Newport), who defeated three-term former Representative Peter Martin in the Democratic primary last September.

Age: 60

Occupation: Environmental policy analyst with Clean Water Action.

Party: Democrat

Twitter: @LaurenHCarson

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