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.

John Marion, executive director of the good government group Common Cause of RI, joined Bonus Q&A this week to talk about the ongoing battle to improve state government in the Ocean State. We discuss improvements at the state Board of Elections; the relative amount of corruption in RI; how changes are working out at the state Ethics Commission; and much more.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Political Roundtable to discuss the settlement involving the last defendant in the 38 Studios case, his level of concern over President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, and his political future.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss a range of issues, including some of President Donald Trump's nominees and his view of Governor Raimondo's free college tuition plan.

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Governor Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss competing plans to cut the car tax; her proposal to offer Rhode Islanders two years of free tuition at state colleges; and a spate of charges against former state lawmakers.

Governor Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss her concerns on the Trump administration, as well as a range of other issues, including jobs and the economy, education, and UHIP.

US Representative David Cicilline joins Bonus Q&A to discuss why Democrats lost so much ground during President Obama's tenure, whether Providence should consider bankruptcy, whether he plans to square off against Jim Langevin in 2022, and much more.

State GOP Chairman Brandon Bell joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss the incoming Trump administration, fake news, the Republican outlook in RI, and much more.

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State GOP Chairman Brandon Bell joins Political Roundtable to discuss allegations of unverified ties between Donald Trump and Russia; changes in administering the state's human service-IT project; and the ethics case involving City Council President Luis Aponte.

State Rep. Chris Blazejewski joins Bonus Q&A to discuss House-Senate relations, education funding, whether undocumented immigrants should get driver's licenses, and other issues.

State Rep. Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss the upcoming legislative session, Donald Trump, and a range of other issues.

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Providence City Council President Luis Aponte joins Political Roundtable to discuss the city's unfunded long-term obligations; the new contract with firefighters; and the outlook for improving public education.

Providence City Council President Luis Aponte joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss his financial challenges, Mayor Jorge Elorza's job performance, development in the capital city, whether nonprofits need to contribute more, and other issues.

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