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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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.

National Education Association RI executive director Robert Walsh joins Bonus Q&A to discuss public education and charter schools, the challenges facing national Democrats, and much more.

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State Rep. Jason Knight (D-Barrington) joins Political Roundtable to discus why he ran for the General Assembly; whether he supports Governor Raimondo's college tuition plan; and his reaction to President Donald Trump's address to Congress this week.

State Rep. Jason Knight (D-Barrington) joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the larger progressive caucus in the House; the debate over a bill seeking to codify Roe v. Wade; the job performance of Governor Gina Raimondo; and much more.

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US Attorney Peter Neronha joins Political Roundtable to discuss the persistence of corruption in Rhode Island; whether he plans to run for attorney general next year; and the challenges of curbing opioid abuse.

US Attorney Peter Neronha stopped by our studio Thursday to talk about 38 Studios, immigration, targeting violent crime, and more.

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State General Treasurer Seth Magaziner joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss fallout from the UHIP controversy; the next move on the state pension fund's expected rate of return; and how RI Democrats are responding to President Trump.

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John Marion, the executive director of Common Cause of Rhode Island, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the recent spate of corruption cases involving former lawmakers; the good government concerns raised by President Trump; and the impact of a stronger progressive caucus in the RI House of Representatives.

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