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.

Senate Finance Chairman Daniel DaPonte (D-East Providence) joined Bonus Q&A this week to discuss the end of the legislative session, public debt, the future of Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, property taxes, and much more.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the all-night session that ended the General Assembly year for 2016, and a host of other legislative issues, including grants, whether Democratic dominance is good for Rhode Island, and much more.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Political Roundtable to discuss the criticism coming from rival candidate, Republican Steven Frias; the residency complaint against state Rep. John Carnevale; and why the House backed an effort to make it easier to purchase handguns.

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State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the budget passed by the RI House, questions about Rep. John Carnevale's residency, and how to prevent mass shootings like the one in Orlando, Florida.

State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) was among the 13 reps who voted against the new state budget Wednesday night. Morgan stopped by our studio to talk about the spending plan, the GOP legislative outlook for fall elections, and much more.

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General Treasurer Seth Magaziner joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss news about General Electric bringing jobs to Rhode Island; why better management of public debt matters; and changes made this week by legislative leaders to one of two General Assembly grant programs.

General Treasurer Seth Magaziner stopped by our studio to discuss a broad range of issues, including the performance of the state pension fund, municipal pensions, the Burrillville power plant proposal, his political future, and more.

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U.S. Representative Jim Langevin stopped by our studio to discuss the no-show by legislative leaders during last week's visit by Vice President Joe Biden, his record while in office, and whether the Democratic delegate process needs to be changed.

Congressman Jim Langevin joins RI Public Radio's Bonus Q&A this week to discuss a broad range of issues, including how Hillary Clinton is conducting her campaign; the Burrillville power plant; cyber-terrorism; and much more.

Governor Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to talk about the heightened focus on good government, the outlook for improving Rhode Island's economy, and efforts to improve the skills of Rhode Island workers.

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State Sen. Gayle Goldin joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the process for reviewing legislative community grants; the move to strengthen the state Ethics Commission; and state Rep. Karen MacBeth's decision to end her congressional campaign.

State Sen. Gayle Goldin (D-Providence) joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss a range of issues, including the current mood of Rhode Islanders; whether the state should legalize marijuana, her stance on the line-item veto; and other issues.

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Former state Republican chairman Giovanni Cicione joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the arrest of Providence city councilor Kevin Jackson; the outlook on de-politicizing legislative grants, and a move to strengthen the state Ethics Commission.

Lawyer, businessman and former state GOP chairman Giovanni Cicione joins Bonus Q&A to discuss whether Republicans will gain legislative seats this year; presidential politics; and Governor Gina Raimondo's approval rating.

Congressman David Cicilline joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the economic concerns raised by the presidential race; the fiscal outlook in Providence; the nuclear agreement with Iran and much more.

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