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.

Congressman David Cicilline discusses a range of issues during a visit with Bonus Q+A, including increasing manufacturing in Rhode Island, a Democratic proposal to raise the minimum wage, sharp rhetoric from North Korea, and more.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

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.

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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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.

Ian Donnis
RIPR

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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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

RI State Police Colonel Steven O'Donnell
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.

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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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.

State Senator Dawson Hodgson
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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