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Political Roundtable: Brown On His Independent Run for Governor

Matt Brown joins Political Roundtable to discuss his independent run for governor, some of his policy proposals, and the ongoing debate over gun violence.

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Rhode Island Basketball Fans Most Fortunate

How fortunate are we Rhode Islanders to have had two teams in the NCAA men's basketball tournament? Most fortunate, I’d say, considering the other five New England states have a grand total of zero teams in the tournament.

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Alfred Hawkes, a prominent environmentalist in Rhode Island who has been described as the "environmental conscience of Rhode Island for decades," passed away Thursday at the age of 90. 

Advance copy of Scott's commentary to broadcast Monday at 6:45am & 8:45am in Morning Edition, and again at 5:44pm during All Things Considered.

It’s well past time for the Statehouse scofflaws –Governor Gina Raimondo’s administration and the General Leadership—to be held accountable for the latest embarrassment.

That would be a story that old friend Alex Nunes did earlier this week for Rhode Island Public Radio.

The gist of the story was simple, even if digging it up wasn’t. According to this report, your state government is ignoring a state law –one approved by that same government – to measure the effectiveness of taxpayer subsidies to business that are designed to create jobs and grow the economy.

The Rhode Island economy is sure to be a crucial topic in the state’s 2018 political campaigns. RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay says there is improvement, but the Ocean State is still a long way from flourishing. (Advance copy of commentary scheduled to air Monday).

Judging the state of the economy during the upcoming Rhode Island election campaign may prove elusive, akin to herding eels. Voters are sure to be subjected to a blizzard of data, binders full of reports and glitzy television spots saying the cup is empty or running over.

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The Providence City Council has passed an ordinance that disincentivizes single-use plastic bags. 

Introducing Consent To Sexual Education

Mar 16, 2018

In the last few years a national debate has been playing out over sexual harassment and assault in the workplace and between students on college campuses. House lawmakers have passed a bill which would introduce the concept of consent to sexual education in Rhode Island high schools.

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Rhode Island's two U.S. senators have expressed reservations about President Trump’s choice to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, who faces scrutiny for her role in running a black site in Thailand after 9/11.

President Trump used a tweet over the weekend to fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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More than three weeks after a school shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead, students are demanding that Congress pass tougher gun laws, but so far U.S. lawmakers have failed to act.

Alex Nunes

Politicians often promote business tax credits and incentives as a way to develop the economy and, ultimately, create more jobs. In Rhode Island, state reports show hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks have been awarded to businesses in the last decade.

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Rhode Island lawmakers will hear public testimony Thursday on a bill that would put teeth into Rhode Island’s carbon emissions reduction goals.


More women than men are enrolling in medical school, but women doctors are still paid significantly less than their male colleagues, according to a new national survey released Wednesday. And the pay gap is growing.


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