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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John Marion, executive director of the good government group Common Cause of Rhode Island, joins Political Roundtable to discuss an SEC probe with a Rhode Island link, the recent General Assembly session, and fallout from recent endorsement controveries.

Common Cause of RI head John Marion joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court, how to make RI elections more competitive, what he's watching on campaign finance issues, and much more.

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Rhode Island state Sen. Gayle Goldin (D-Providence) joins Political Roundtable to discuss the endorsement controversy engulfing the RI Democratic Party, and the outlook on a bill she co-sponsored to strengthen abortion rights in the state.

Rhode Island Sen. Gayle Goldin (D-Providence) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss sexism at the Statehouse, how controversy over RI Democratic endorsements will affect party unity, the outlook on the PawSox, and much more.

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Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Political Roundtable to discuss the condition of political participation in the state, the attempted comeback by former state Rep. John Carnevale, and the big news coming this week from the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues related to her job, including voting, why early voting legislation didn't move forward, her political future, and more.

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Rhode Island state Sen. Louis DiPalma (D-Middletown) joins Political Roundtable to discuss fallout from recent issues at the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the House version of the state budget, and the intensifying race for governor.

Rhode Island state Sen. Louis DiPalma (D-Middletown) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss Medicaid spending, the PawSox stadium debate, incentives, the potential legalization of marijuana and other issues.

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Rhode Island GOP gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan, the Republican leader in the RI House, joins Political Roundtable to discuss fallout from a potentially costly mistake at the Exeutive Office of Health and Human Services, the race for governor, and the outlook on the PawSox.

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Rhode Island GOP candidate for governor Patricia Morgan, the Republican leader in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss a range of issues, including taxes, incentives, state spending and school construction.

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Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the state's incentive programs, whether enough is being done to help small businesses, the effectiveness of the Rhode Island Promise program and other issues.

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Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joins Political Roundtable to discuss Deepwater Wind's expansion plan, the latest PawSox proposal, and the state of the Ocean State economy.

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Sulina Mohanty, chairwoman of the Women's Caucus of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, joins Political Roundtable to discuss heightened political engagement by women, why more has not been heard about harassment at the Statehouse, and how the Women's Caucus will address the looming clash between some women candidates and the Democratic establishment.

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Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio joins Political Roundtable to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's move to legalize sports betting -- an expected windfall for many states -- and the controversy over the Fane tower proposal in Providence.

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The leader of Rhode Island's Republican Party, Brandon Bell, on the intensifying race for governor, President Trump's move to take the U.S. out of the nuclear agreement with Iran, and the outlook for increasing GOP ranks in the General Assembly.

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