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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Archambault on Same-Sex Marriage, the Master Lever, and the Ethics Commission

State Senator Stephen Archambault (D-Smithfield) joins us to talk about the outlook on same-sex marriage; the effectiveness of the General Assembly; whether the master lever should be abolished; and whether Ethics Commission oversight of lawmakers should be restored, among other issues.

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

RI's Grassroots Fight For and Against Same-Sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage supporter Margaret Hughes knocks on a door in Woonsocket
Credit Bess Marine

Legislation that legalizes same-sex marriage in Rhode Island remains under consideration in the state Senate. Supporters want the General Assembly to approve same-sex marriage; opponents are backing a bill with broad exceptions that would make the issue subject to a statewide vote. Exactly when the Senate will vote on these bills remains unclear. Yet both sides are relying on grassroots campaigns to tip the outcome in their favor. These efforts could determine whether Rhode Island changes its status as the only New England state that has not yet legalized same-sex marriage.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Political Roundtable: Archambault on Same-Sex Marriage, Governor Chafee, and the RI GOP

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Senator Stephen Archambault (D-Smithfield) joins the Roundtable to discuss same-sex marriage, Governor Lincoln Chafee's blaming of the media for his low approval ratings; and continued woes for the RI GOP.

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Political Roundtable
2:25 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Stenhouse on Why Rhode Island Isn't More Competitive

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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Political Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Political Roundtable: Stenhouse says Eliminating the Sales Tax Would Spark RI's Economy

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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.

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The Silver Boom: Aging in RI
1:32 am
Sun March 17, 2013

The Silver Boom: Growing Up Gay in RI

Ken Fish reading the names of people who died of AIDS for the Names Project in Washington.
Credit Ken Fish

In less than 20 years, a quarter of the state’s population will be older than 60. Rhode Island Public Radio is looking at this growing demographic in a series we call “The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island.”

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bradley Campbell talked with Warwick’s, Ken Fish. He’s spent most of his life in Rhode Island, and is a leader for gay rights. They started their conversation examining how has life changed for the gay community over the decades.

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The Bottom Line
3:56 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

The Bottom Line: Jobs to Take Care of an Aging Population

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday it looks at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Coastal Medical President Dr. Alan Kurose. Coastal is the state’s largest medical network.  They’re looking at ways the state’s projected aging population will affect the medical care professions and create new job opportunities.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Block says Straight-Ticket Voting Holds Back RI's Reputation

Moderate Founder Ken Block joins us on Bonus Q+A to discuss his fraud and waste report, attempts to abolish the master lever, RI's political culture, and his future political plans.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Political Roundtable: Block Calls his Report the Start of Efforts to Cut Waste and Fraud

Block.
Credit 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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The Silver Boom: Aging in RI
1:49 am
Fri March 15, 2013

The Silver Boom: Will Entitlements be There for Future Retirees?

What's being done on Capitol Hill to preserve Social Security and Medicare?
Credit US Capitol

A Brown University PhD student in epidemiology, Beth Lacy, is 28 years old. That means she’s a long way from retirement and plans to be working for decades to come. But the debate over the future of Medicare and Social Security is on Lacy’s mind even when she makes one of her regular coffee stops at the Cable Car Café in Providence.

“Is is something I think about,” she says. “It’s not something that necessarily keeps me up at night. But just because of the world I’m in with work – public health – I definitely think a lot more about Medicare than Social Security.”

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