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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Mike Stenhouse, CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the criminal case involving state Sen. Nicholas Kettle and the question of why RI's business community isn't more politically active.

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Rhode Island Center For Freedom & Prosperity CEO Mike Stenhouse joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues, including state incentives, the PawSox debate, the rhetorical battle between progressives and conservatives, and much more.

State Senator Dawn Euer (D-Newport) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of legislative issues, including the progressive movement, the PawSox stadium debate, abortion rights, redevelopment in Newport, and much more.

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Mike Goodman, executive director of the Public Policy Center at UMass-Dartmouth, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the evolution of New Bedford, the economic outlook for southeastern Massachusetts, and the impact of provincialism in the region.

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Mike Goodman, director of the Public Policy Center at UMass-Dartmouth, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the popularity of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, the outlook for expanding wind power in New Bedford, why RI students lag their peers in the Bay State, and much more.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q&A ahead of his latest State of the City address to talk finances, Providence's long-term structural issues, education, negotiating a new contract with the Providence Teachers Union, and more.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joins Political Roundtable to discuss the ongoing immigration debate and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's use of public safety in Providence as an issue to criticize Gov. Raimondo.

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U.S. Representative David Cicilline from Rhode Island's First Congressional District joins Political Roundtable to discuss his vote against ending the federal government shutdown, as well as the debate about immigration and what Democrats should learn from the 2016 election.

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Congressman David Cicilline joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of policy and politics, including the GOP tax plan, a Providence LNG proposal, whether Democrats are too elitist, and more.

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Rhode Island House Republican Whip Blake Filippi of Block Island joins Political Roundtable 

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Rhode Island House Minority Whip Blake Filippi (R-Block Island) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of legislative issues.

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Rhode Island House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick) joins Political Roundtable to discuss the outlook in the House for the PawSox stadium proposal, and how the state might find the money to close its latest budget deficits.

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Rhode Island House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi joins Bonus Q&A to discuss his political future, possible steps to improve the state's business climate, the outlook for a bill to legalize abortion rights in Rhode Island, Gov. Raimondo's approval rating, and more.

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Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins Political Roundtable to discuss his political future, the outlook on keeping the PawSox in Rhode Island, and how his community may be affected by fiscal trends at the state and national level.

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