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.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Kennedy Plaza and panhandlers; Providence finances; and contributions to the city by nonprofit institutions.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the city's pension fund, the ongoing dispute with Providence firefighters, the outlook for city schools, and much more.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss fallout from last year's police scandal, the GOP primary between Steven Frias and Shawna Lawton, and whether more can be done to deliver answers on 38 Studios.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues involving Cranston.

The board of the state Commerce Corporation this week approved incentives to help two companies expand in Rhode Island. State Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor stopped by our studio yesterday to discuss a range of other issues involving economic development

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Behind the scenes negotiations on the I-195 District, and the inside word from state Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor. 

Steven Frias, one of two Republicans running for the state rep seat held by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss 38 Studios, his campaign, and Donald Trump.

Steven Frias joins Bonus Q&A to talk about his run for the state rep seat held by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello. We also talk about the challenges facing the state GOP, Frias' policy proposals, and other issues.

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Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins Political Roundtable to discuss the residency case featuring state Rep. John Carnevale; the presidential battle between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton; and the outlook for GOP legislative candidates.

Sam Bell, state coordinator of the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the possibility of a progressive challenger to Gina Raimondo in 2018; the fight in RI over abortion rights; using subsidies for economic development and much more.

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Sam Bell, state coordinator of the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the progressive push to win more legislative seats; more fallout in the residency case involving state Rep. John Carnevale; and this week's Republican National Convention.

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa
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Central Falls Mayor James Diossa joins Political Roundtable to discuss how to improve relations the  between police and minorities, the Rhode Island business climate and the proposed commuter rail station for Pawtucket and Central Falls.

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State Republican Chairman Brandon Bell joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the FBI report on Hillary Clinton, the latest Donald Trump controversy, and the outlook for increasing GOP ranks in the General Assembly.

State Republican Chairman Brandon Bell joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the RI GOP's plans for 2018, his upcoming trip to the Republican National Convention, and the Republican legislative fight against House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

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State Senator Daniel DaPonte (D-East Providence), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, joins Political Roundtable to discuss local fallout from the Brexit vote; why more people don't run for the General Assembly; and cross-chamber disagreements at the end of session.

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