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.

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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Governor Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable to discuss the outlook for her college tuition plan; Speaker Mattiello's commitment to phasing out the car tax; and the recall of Providence City Councilor Kevin Jackson.

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House Finance Chairman Marvin Abney (D-Newport) joins Political Roundtable to discuss lower than expected state revenue, and the outlook for two high-profile priorities: Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's pledge to phaseout the car tax and Governor Gina Raimondo's proposal to offer Rhode Islanders two years of free college tuition.

Marvin Abney, chairman of the House Finance Committee, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the PawSox; the state budget process; whether RI spends too much money; future development in Newport; and much more.

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Steven Frias, Rhode Island's GOP National Committeeman, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the car tax debate; Care New England's envisioned merger; and the latest poll findings from Brown University.

RI GOP National Committeeman Steven Frias joins Bonus Q&A to talk about his future, how RI Republicans can be more competitive, whether RI should legalize marijuana, and more.

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U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse joins Political Roundtable this week to talk about the U.S. Senate following the GOP move to go nuclear; a series of new polls; and his decision to release his taxes.

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the U.S. Senate landscape for 2018, his lack of a position on the controversial Burrillville power plant proposal, campaign finance, and much more.

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State Senate President Dominick Ruggerio joins Political Roundtable to discuss the future of the PawSox; competing priorities for state spending; and the outlook on Governor Gina Raimondo's college tuition proposal.

Senate President Dominick Ruggerio joins Bonus Q&A to discuss his priorities as Senate president; the I-195 District; marijuana legalization; 38 Studios; good government proposals; and much more.

State Sen. Louis DiPalma (D-Middletown) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a host of legislative issues, including Governor Raimondo's college tuition proposal; Speaker Mattiello's car tax priority; the use of state subsidies, and much more.

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Jim Vincent, president of the Providence NAACP, joins Roundtable this week to discuss the transition in state Senate leadership, the impact that body cams might make on police-community relations, and Governor Raimondo's push for some good government measures.

Providence NAACP President Jim Vincent joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the state of race relations in America and much more, including marijuana legalization and how local cities and towns are faring in diversifying their workforce.

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