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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House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi of Warwick joins Political Roundtable to discuss his new leadership role, whether Donald Trump's showing in RI will lead to a bigger GOP push in 2018, and a development proposed for the former I-195 land.

House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi joins Bonus Q&A to discuss his new leadership role and a range of other issues.

The panel discusses Trump's victory, the battle between Speaker Mattiello and Steven Frias, and why not much changed in the General Assembly as far as Democratic incumbents.

State Rep. Blake Filippi (I-New Shoreham) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the volume of independents running for the General Assembly, the constitutionality of truck tolls, how power might be more widely shared in the House of Representatives, and much more.

Ward 14 Providence Councilor David Salvatore joins Bonus Q&A to talk about city finances, the proposed agreement with city firefighters, whether Providence's influence at the legislature is waning, and other topics.

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University of Rhode Island President David Dooley joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Curt Schilling's comments on 38 Studios; ballot question 4, which would allocate $45 million in borrowing to modernize an engineering building at URI and create a so-called innovation campus; and what do about student debt.

URI President David Dooley joins Bonus Q&A this week to talk about college affordability, the status of Wexford Science & Technology's proposed life-science park in the I-195 District, URI's role in helping the state's growing Latino community, and more.

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Brett Smiley, chief of staff for Governor Gina Raimondo, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the troubled rollout of the state's new $364 million system for social service benefits; the Raimondo administration's efforts to raise the skills of workers; and a foul word used in a tweet about Donald Trump.

Brett Smiley, chief of staff for Governor Gina Raimondo, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues facing the state, including truck tolls, car taxes, his priorities, and much more.

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Analysis by Rhode Island Public Radio finds urban and middle class students in Rhode Island have lower test scores than their peers in Massachusetts; and the state’s ambitious goal to improve 3rd grade reading skills in less than a decade. We discuss the top issues in public education on a special education edition of our weekly political roundtable. 

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Ward 15 Providence Councilor Sabina Matos joins Political Roundtable to discuss this week's presidential debate, the outlook for Providence's pension fund, and the significance of the body cams being adopted by Providence police.

Ward 15 Providence Councilor Sabina Matos joins Bonus Q&A to talk about city finances, the thaw in the dispute with firefighters, Kennedy Plaza, charter schools, and more.

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State Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-Providence) joins Political Roundtable to discuss the outlook for progressives in the General Assembly after recent primary victories; Governor Raimondo's focus on education; and the latest settlement involving 38 Studios.

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