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 Republican Chairman Brandon Bell joins Roundtable this week to talk about the state's new truck toll law, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, and the New Hampshire primary.

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Governor Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her budget, economic development, and the outlook for improving public education in Rhode Island. For a more in-depth Q+A with Raimondo, listen to our Bonus Q+A.

Governor Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q+A to discuss her jobs strategy, truck tolls, charter schools, whether RI should legalize marijuana, Hillary Clinton, and more.

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Providence City Councilman Sam Zurier joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the passing of Buddy Cianci and the fiscal outlooks of the City of Providence and Rhode Island.

Providence City Councilman Sam Zurier joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss taxes and tax breaks; how Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has handled the firefighter dispute, and other issues. 

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State Rep. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Brookings' recommendations on the state's economy; and whether it's appropriate for Governor Raimondo to use university foundations to fund some of her initiatives.

State Rep. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick), and the chairman of the House Labor Committee, joins Bonus Q+A to talk about a series of legislative issues, including ethics, tolls, incentives, and firefighter overtime.

North Kingston State Representative Doreen Costa sits down with Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis, and RIPR political commentator Scott MacKay for this Bonus Q+A.

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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.

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.

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