Political Roundtable

Friday at 5:50 AM and 7:50 AM

Podcast available HERE.

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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Political Roundtable
8:44 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Political Roundtable: Jim Vincent On Racial Disparities, The PawSox + More

President of the NAACP Providence branch Jim Vincent joins the Political Roundtable this week.  Vincent weighs in on the recent sale of the Pawtucket Red Sox, and the team's possible move to Providence. He also discusses the resignation of Rhode Island Health Department head Michael Fine and the American Civil Liberties Union report on racial disparities in Rhode Island's schools and prison system.

Hear more of our conversation with Jim Vincent in our Bonus Q&A.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 20, 2015

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

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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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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 13, 2015

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

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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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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Shekarchi on Raimondo, the PawSox, his Political Future & More

State Representative Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick) joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the way forward for Governor Gina Raimondo; the outlook on the state pension case and the PawSox; why he has such a large campaign war chest; and more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Political Roundtable: Paolino on Newport Grand, Gist's Departure & Raimondo's Moves on 1-195

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Developer, real estate owner and former mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr. joins Political Roundtable to discuss his contingent agreement to buy Newport Grand; the pending exit of Education Commissioner Deborah Gist; and Governor Gina Raimondo's moves to remake the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Paolino on Providence Development, Tax Deals & the Superman Building

Developer and former Providence mayor Joseph Paolino joins Bonus Q&A to discuss snow removal; how Providence can cultivate more tax revenue; what's next for the Superman Building; and more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Political Roundtable: Avedisian on the Blizzard of '15, Warwick & the RI GOP Outlook

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Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins Political Roundtable to discuss how top elected officials responded to the Blizzard of 2015; development in Warwick; and the outlook for RI Republicans to win more elections.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Avedisian on Aid for Cities & Towns, RIPTA, Taxes & More

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his expectations for Governor Gina Raimondo's first budget, the outlook for RIPTA, his political future, and much more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Political Roundtable: Gorbea on Lobbying Reform, Voter ID, State of the Union & More

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Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Political Roundtable to talk about what needs to be done to improve lobbying oversight; whether she'll move to oppose Voter ID; her reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address; and more.

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