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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Georgia Hollister Isman, state director for the Rhode Island Working Families Party, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the labor-backed progressive advocacy group; the debate over requiring paid sick leave; and the re-surfacing of the PawSox' stadium proposal.

Georgia Hollister Isman, state director of the Rhode Island Working Families Party, is the guest on Bonus Q&A this week. She discussed a range of topics, including future plans for the labor-backed advocacy group, what it's like advocating at the General Assembly & more.

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House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi of Warwick joins Political Roundtable to discuss the new state budget, the controversy involving Frank Montanaro Jr., director of the Joint Committee on Legislative Services; and debate over mandating paid sick leaves to workers.

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House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of legislative issues, including the pace of General Assembly activity, the outlook for issues ranging from the PawSox' proposed stadium to a measure to strengthen abortion rights, and much more.

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Former RI Governor Lincoln Chafee joins Political Roundtable to discuss his political future, former FBI Director James Comey's testimony to Congress, and the proposed phase out of the car tax.

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Former Governor Lincoln Chafee takes part in Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues, including Governor Raimondo's approach to economic development; 38 Studios; the PawSox' stadium proposal; marijuana; and more.

Tony Pires, director of administration for the City of Pawtucket, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the outlook on the PawSox and the sustainability of House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's proposal to eliminate the car tax over six years.

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Tony Pires, director of administration for the City of Pawtucket, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the city's attempt to retain the PawSox, public safety, budget issues and more.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the outlook for the PawSox; recent changes on the Providence City Council; and the next step for the Community Safety Act.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the shadow of corruption; the impact of high taxes; the outlook for the city's pension fund; whether Crimetown is good for Providence; and much more.

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State Rep. Blake Filippi (R-New Shoreham), the minority whip in the RI House of Representatives, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the cost of the car tax phaseout, whether marijuana should be legalized, whether the minimum wage should be raised, how Republicans will increase their legislative ranks, and a host of other legislative issues.

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U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin joins Political Roundtable to discuss the firing of FBI director James Comey; the controversy involving former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn; and the charges against City Council President Luis Aponte.

U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin from Rhode Island's Second District joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of topics, including jobs and trade; why Democrats have lost so much political ground; whether Roe v. Wade may be overturned; and more.

Governor Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q&A to talk about her relationship with legislative leaders, the outlook on keeping the PawSox in Rhode Island, her move as state treasurer to raise the stake in pension funds and more.

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