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 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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Politics
4:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Political Roundtable: Gov. Chafee calls his budget an investment in the future

Governor Chafee says his budget priorities have been consistent.
Credit James Baumgartner

Gov. Lincoln Chafee joins Political Roundtable this week to talk about his budget, Rhode Island's economy,  and regional competition for a better tax climate. Also joining me in the discussion are RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay and guest panelist David Klepper from the Associated Press.

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Political Roundtable: Avedisian keeping his options open for 2014

Scott Avedisian
Credit James Baumgartner

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins us this week to discuss his political future, Rhode Island's population loss, the outlook on same-sex marriage, RIPTA, and more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Political Roundtable: Senator Dawson Hodgson on the economy and same-sex marriage

State Senator Dawson Hodgson
Credit Ian Donnis

State Senator Dawson Hodgson (R-North Kingstown) joins us this week to discuss economic development, same-sex marriage, and why he didn't vote for Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.

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Politics
5:58 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

State Senate approves brief delay in state education merger

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The state Senate approved a bill Thursday to allow additional time for a controversial merger of two state boards of education.

The bill will continue the existence until March 7 of separate state boards for K-through-12 and public higher education. It also pushes back until September the final structure for combining the two boards.

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Political Roundtable
9:13 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Political Roundtable: Why does the Board of Ed find itself without a head?

Cumberland mayor Daniel McKee
Credit Ian Donnis

A change in plans for the new state Board of Education, and what’s next for Cumberland Mayor
Daniel McKee.  That’s part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable with WPRI
Political Reporter Ted Nesi and University of Rhode Island political science professor Maureen Moakley. Here’s our host, Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis.
Do you have insight or expertise on this topic?
Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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Politics
11:15 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Political Roundtable: a discussion about gun control laws with guest Donna Perry

Donna Perry, Executive Director RI State Coalition
Credit Ian Donnis

The political aftermath of the Newtown school shooting, and John Robitaille  takes himself out of the Republican field for governor in 2014.  That’s part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. With our host, Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis, Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott Mackay, University of Rhode Island political science professor Maureen Moakley and special guest Donna Perry Executive Director of the RI Statewide Coalition.

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