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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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.

State Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-Providence) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the House of Representatives, racial profiling, the Burrillville power plan proposal, and other issues.

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State Rep. Michael Chippendale (R-Foster) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Tuesday's primary results, the outlook for the state GOP, and the upset involving House Majority Leader John DeSimone.

Voters will decide 26 General Assembly primaries next Tuesday. WPRI.com politics and economics reporter Ted Nesi joins RI Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis and political analyst Scott MacKay to break down the top races outside Providence.

With an election coming up Tuesday, WPRI.com politics and economics reporter Ted Nesi joins RIPR's Scott MacKay and Ian Donnis to discuss the top legislative primaries in Providence and Cranston.

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Col. Steven O'Donnell of the RI State Police joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the debate over the secrecy of the 38 Studios investigation; police-community relations; and diversity hiring within the State Police.

Col. Steven O'Donnell of the RI State Police joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a wide range of issues, including corruption, organized crime, gun violence and more.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Kennedy Plaza and panhandlers; Providence finances; and contributions to the city by nonprofit institutions.

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