Political Roundtable

Friday at 5:40 AM and 7:40 AM

A spirited debate on politics in The Ocean State, 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
4:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Political Roundtable: Cicilline on DC Gridlock, Immigration Reform, Gordon Fox + More

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Congressman David Cicilline joins the Roundtable this week to discuss hyper-partisanship in Congress, the outlook for an immigration overhaul, his encouraging of House Speaker Gordon Fox to run for mayor of Providence, and other topics.

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Political Roundtable
2:25 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Stenhouse on Why Rhode Island Isn't More Competitive

Mike Stenhouse, CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, joins us on Bonus Q+A to talk about the center's mission, its proposal to eliminate the sales tax, its report card on Rhode Island's competitiveness, and other issues.

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Political Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Political Roundtable: Stenhouse says Eliminating the Sales Tax Would Spark RI's Economy

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Mike Stenhouse, CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, joins the Roundtable this week to discuss his center's sales tax elimination plan; the debate over high-stakes testing, Woonsocket's reliance on Food Stamps, and the outlook for the 2013 Red Sox.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Political Roundtable: Block Calls his Report the Start of Efforts to Cut Waste and Fraud

Block.
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Moderate Party founder Ken Block joins the Roundtable this week to talk about his report on waste and fraud in state government; the state Senate's attempt to improve Rhode Island's business climate; internal strife at the state Board of Elections; and the dispute over ethics legislation between House Speaker Gordon Fox and Representative J. Patrick O'Neill (D-Pawtucket).

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Bonus Q+A: John Ward talks Woonsocket politics and His Legislative Wish List

Woonsocket City Council President John Ward is our guest on Bonus Q+A as we talk Woonsocket's economy, its upcoming mayoral race, consolidation, the historic tax credit, and other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Political Roundtable: Ward Concerned About Tax Impact on CVS jobs

John Ward
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Woonsocket City Council President John Ward visits the Roundtable this week to talk about the outlook for fiscal stability in the northern Rhode Island community; the debate over tax policy in Rhode Island; and how to keep more young workers in the Ocean State.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Political Roundtable: Saul Kaplan says RI Should Decide its Economic Focus

Kaplan.
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Saul Kaplan, founder and head of the Business Innovation Factory, and a former director of the state Economic Development Corporation, joins the panel to discuss struggles at the EDC, the outlook for gun-related legislation, municipal finance woes in Woonsocket and more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Political Roundtable: Shekarchi on binding arbitration, the airport, and Raimondo

State Representative Joe Shekarchi (D-Warwick)
Credit Ian Donnis

State Representative Joe Shekarchi joins the Roundtable this week to talk about NECAP test results, binding arbitration, leveraging the airport, and the political future of state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Political Roundtable: Nesselbush predicts Senate will approve same-sex marriage

Nesselbush says same-sex marriage supporters are on the right side of history.
Credit Ian Donnis

State Senator Donna Nesselbush (D-Pawtucket) joins myself, Scott MacKay and Maureen Moakley on the Roundtable this week as we discuss the outlook for same-sex marriage. Other topics include bipartisan support for immigration reform in the US Senate, the State of the City address by Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo's mid-term report.

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Political Roundtable
8:26 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Political Roundtable: State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell

RI State Police Colonel Steven O'Donnell
Credit Kristin Gourlay

Are Rhode Island gun laws tough enough? What’s happening with the 38 Studios investigation? And how about the Mafia – have years of aggressive law enforcement brought them to their knees? Those are some of the questions we put to the head of the state police on this week’s Political Roundtable, hosted by Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic.

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